Friday, January 1, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 4 (Part One)


            I am glad to offer this fourth book to help you see the harmony of the Bible. Of great interest to us who faithfully worship Jehovah is the fact that the Mosaic Law (as well as the entire “Old Testament”) is harmonious with the “New Testament.” To the skeptic, however, these Christian Greek Scriptures contradict the Hebrew and Aramaic Scriptures. These perceived contradictions, of course, resolve themselves when sufficient scriptural evidence is presented.
I cannot know to what extent “the skeptic” knows what the Bible teaches. But, I think he knows enough so as to know that what he claims are contradictions are not. If he does not, though, you, my friends, still know, or will know. If, then, any who come across this work at first think the Christian revelation is at odds with the Jewish one, I ask that he examine the matter further. Then, if he is convinced that there is no contradiction, I hope that he seeks God. With that in mind, a few of these contradictions do not deal with the supposed difference between these two revelations, for some are ones that I did not allot room for in my third book.
Keep in mind that context is king! What does the context of the verse say? What is the overall context of the Bible? What is the cultural context of the writer? Why did the writer write, and to whom did he write to? Further, note that the Bible is a work painstakingly copied by men, a work most excellently preserved, yet not delivered to us without slight errors in transmission. This topic, while briefly discussed in the first book, has been sufficiently answered thus far. (Though I may end up writing a fuller explanation as to why God allows such minor scribal errors.) Additionally, note how I have used various resources such as Insight on the Scriptures to explore the previous “problems,” a method that is very useful.
            I especially desire for you to know how to solve these things on your own, being made sure in faith by the pattern already shown here. For, in like manner the rest will also fall into line. Given that there can be two a priori positions – the scriptures are inerrant, or they are errant – why be so quickly shaken from the one you have chosen? You say that the Bible does not contradict itself, so stick with that and see how it works out. I say the same to the one who holds the opposite view, so that once he arrives at faith in the Sacred Scriptures, he may do so soundly. I do not ask him to be instantly sure that the Bible is not contradictory, but to do so after considering what I have written. Therefore, may this work be enjoyable to you all.

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