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
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


Stephen_D's picture


Just so you know, Soulspeaker, there is an entire other thread concerning which version of the Bible is the most accurate version, so the above comment is a little out of place, in my opinion.

In response to the original post, I think that the very idea of our scriptures being true and all others being false is in itself a flawed distinction.
Paul quotes pagan philosophers in Acts 16, and Jude quotes apocryphal writings as well. It wasn't that Paul and Jude considered these texts to be the authoritative word of God, but that they articulated certain truths that would resonate well with the audience that Paul and Jude are trying to reach.
This is very similar to any preacher today referencing Avatar or Star Wars to help the congregation understand themes like perseverance.

My understanding of Biblical revelation is that the revelation is not specifically tied to the words, but to the meaning we infer from those words. This is why we understand the Bible to be "The Living Word" because the Holy Spirit will lead us to different understandings that are tailored to what we as humans need.
This is why a person can read one passage when they're young, and apply it to their lives in a specific way, but read it again later, and get something new out of it.

The real revelation comes to us from the influence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads us by drawing our attention to certain phrases and words in the passage. The words themselves are only important in that they articulate in words the revelation that God is intending to impress on to your heart.

If the Holy Spirit intends that any person understands any sort of truth, then it doesn't much matter whether the words the Spirit uses were penned by a Hebrew, a Christian, a Pagan, or an Atheist, because the real revelation comes not from the words on the page, but from the influence of the Holy Spirit.

This is also why it doesn't much matter which version of the Bible you read, provided you seek the Lord's guidance in your interpretation of that version.