Why is the Bible True and other Scriptures False?

dgshaw's picture

This has been a question that has plagued me for a long time, especially given my extensive study of other scriptures in addition to our own and my thorough study of historical/critical reflection on the Bible.

It seems to me either:

A. we must ACCEPT the premise "our scripture is true, theirs are not" on FAITH alone
or
B. we must DEMONSTRATE the premise "our scripture is true, theirs are not" RATIONALLY.

I would relish hearing a sound and sane discussion on this issue.

Thank you.

In Christ

Dan

Determining what is scripture

If you speak of reading other religious "scriptures" what specifically? There is the Quran in Islam, the Vedas in Hinduism, and the Dharma in Buddhism.
a) Hindus have a unified canon called the Vedas. To be a Hindu, you don't have to believe in the Vedas. You can be a Hindu and think the Vedas are fairytales or believe in half of them and this is accepted plus there is no formal process for conversion into Hinduism.
b) There is no official canon of Dharma scriptures in Buddhism, most Buddhists and Hindus too for that matter think one can be a Christian and a Buddhist or Hindu. Mostly for Buddhists there are specific principles they want you to follow, versus an inspired text to believe in.
c) Finally, the Quran speaks often of the jewish Torah and the Gospels as well as recounts several stories therein. You could look at the Quran as a "hostile witness" which could be called to the stand in defense of the Christian bible (excluding the writings of Paul, which they protest)
d) Judaism has the same canon of scripture as Protestant Christianity, some other groups accept more, but no Christian group rejects any book of the Jewish canon.
e) All other religions are either too small or too diverse to speak about.

Finally, if you speak regarding the Christian canon of scripture, the books that are in the bible were selected by church fathers (ultimately Athanasius) long ago as edifying for teaching. That doesn't mean that all apocrypha are false (tho some are); it means only what it does mean, that a limited set was chosen as the most edifying and likely to be genuine.

So there. I can argue in favor of Christianity for you about several other things but basically this is what it comes down to for your question, as you were specifically inquiring about texts.

Basically it boils down to incompatibility.
a) Hindu texts have multiple gods, we do not
b) Buddhism derived from Hinduism, as Buddha was a Hindu
c) Christians reject the writings of Mohammed because he denies the resurrection of Jesus, a central tenet of Christianity and the Gospels.
d) Christians do not reject any Jewish canonized book. It is the (most, not all) Jews who reject the Christian books.

Grace be with you-
Nate




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