ThoughtLetters filed under Bible

What About All Those Bible Contradictions?

Volume 27 • No. 3 • May-June, 2017 Download PDF

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Is Jonah Just a Parable?

Volume 26 • No. 3 • May-June 2016 Download PDF

Posted in 2016, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters

Didn’t Just Men Write the Bible?

Volume 25 • No. 4 • July-August 2015 Download PDF

Posted in 2015, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters

Are the Biblical Manuscripts Fatally Flawed?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 21 • No. 5 • September-October 2011 Download PDF

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Errors in my Bible?!

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 20 • No. 3 • May-June 2010 Download PDF    

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Does Bible Prophecy Prove Divine Authorship?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 20 • No. 1 • Jan-Feb 2010  Download PDF

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Is This Adage Biblical?

AREOPAGUS PROCLAMATION Volume 19 • No. 4 • July-August 2009 Download PDF

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Ehrman on Abiathar: Is the Bible Ever Mistaken?

by Daryl E. Witmer Bart D. Ehrman was born in 1956. He grew up near Lawrence, Kansas. At the age of 15 he claims to have been spiritually born again. In 1973 he enrolled at Moody Bible Institute and then went on to attend Wheaton College, graduating with a B.A. in 1978. His profile as […]

Posted in 2008, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters | Leave a comment

Is the King James Version Uniquely Inspired?

by Daryl E. Witmer No. Only the words originally recorded by the human authors of Scripture were uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. Copies and translations of those original autographs were never inspired in the same sense of the word. But I’ve been told that the King James Version (KJV) is the only […]

Posted in 2007, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters | Leave a comment

When Does the Bible Speak Culturally?

by Dr. Tom Woodward Tom Woodward, Ph.D., University of Florida, is a college professor, founder and director of the C.S. Lewis Society (see apologetics.org), and has been an AIIA Resource Associate for Bible & Theology since 2002. Dr. Woodward lives with his wife in Tampa Bay FL. His book, Doubts About Darwin, won the Christianity […]

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How True Is the Bible?

by Daryl E. Witmer The Bible is entirely true. But wasn’t the Bible written by men? So – inasmuch as no man is perfect, how can the Bible be perfect? The men who wrote the Bible were inspired and uniquely guided by the Holy Spirit of God in all of the details of their writing. […]

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Has the Bible Become Corrupt?

by Stephen E. Witmer For many years Islamic doctrine and liberal scholarship have alleged that Bible manuscripts have become corrupt over time. Is this true? We asked Stephen Witmer to respond to the charge. Stephen is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A.), holds an M.Div. and a Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is now […]

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Does the Bible Condone Slavery?

by Daryl E. Witmer BIBLE SKEPTIC: “You know, your Bible contains scores of verses that mention slavery. But no where does it ever condemn the practice per se.” BIBLE ADVOCATE: “I agree.” BIBLE SKEPTIC: “Well, why not? If the Bible is the word of God, why wouldn’t it condemn such evil?” BIBLE ADVOCATE: “In a sin-fallen world, […]

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Was Jesus’ Piercing Prophesied?

by Daryl E. Witmer One way to validate the truth of Christianity would be to conclusively demonstrate that the Christian Bible is true revelation from God, right? One way to validate the Christian Bible as true revelation from God would be to conclusively demonstrate the case for fulfilled Bible prophecy, right? One way to validate […]

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Solving Nine Alleged Bible Problems

by Daryl E. Witmer Following are nine brief starter answers to nine (so-called) Bible problems submitted to our office in 2003 by a pastor who had received them in an e-mail from someone in his congregation. The bracketed Scriptures following the questions are cited as the basis of the alleged contradictions. Were humans created before […]

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Why Are There Only 66 Books in the Bible?

by Dr. Thomas Woodward Tom Woodward, Ph.D., has been a professor at Trinity College (Florida) since 1988. He is founder and director of the C.S. Lewis Society. See further at: apologetics.org Dr. Woodward currently lives with his wife in Tampa Bay, FL. His recent work, Doubts About Darwin, just won the Christianity & Culture book […]

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What About the Psalm 91 Promises?

by Daryl E. Witmer PSALM 91 – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom  I trust!’ For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper, […]

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Prophetic Evidence that the Bible is God’s Word

compiled by Daryl E. Witmer It’s about as simple as 1-2-3. 1) Only a supernatural God would be capable of knowing and revealing the future with 100% accuracy, time after time, in hundreds and hundreds of instances. 2) That’s exactly what the Bible does. Therefore, 3) The Bible is God’s Word. Here are just eight […]

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When Did the Luke 2 Census Occur? Resolving Bible Difficulties, Part 3

by Daryl E. Witmer EDITOR’S NOTE: This month’s issue of the Proclamation features the third in a three-part series of articles on reasonable solutions to difficult Bible texts. There are many alleged discrepancies in Scripture but, given the right resources, we are convinced that there are sensible ways to unravel every one of them. This […]

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Which is the Smallest of Seeds? Resolving Bible Difficulties, Part 2

by Daryl E. Witmer EDITOR’S NOTE: This month’s issue of the Proclamation features the second in a three-part series of articles on reasonable solutions to difficult Bible texts. There are many alleged discrepancies in Scripture, but given the right resources, we are convinced that there are sensible ways to unravel every one of them. This […]

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How Many Sons Did Jesse Have? Resolving Bible Difficulties, Part 1

by Daryl E. Witmer EDITOR’S NOTE: This month’s issue of the Proclamation features the first in a three-part series of articles on reason-able resolutions of difficult Bible texts. While there are many alleged discrepancies in Scripture, we believe that – given the right resources – there are sensible ways of unraveling every one. This series […]

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Is the Bible’s Survival Evidence of Its Divinity?

Compiled by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Director Think about this or a moment… If the Bible really is the inspired Word of a Creator-God who has chosen to reveal critical truth to humanity in written form, you would then expect this God to see to it that the Bible survives, right? You may say that […]

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The Remarkable Congruency of Scripture

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Posted in 2001, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters

Biblical Inerrancy: Substantiating the Claim

by Daryl E. Witmer, AIIA Executive Director ALEX ASKS, ROGER RESPONDS So, Roger, as a Christian, your faith is based on the Bible, right? That’s correct, Alex. The Bible is the foundation for my faith, although I would actually prefer to say that the real base and object of my faith is Jesus Christ, not […]

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Is the Bible Reliable, Really?

by Daryl E. Witmer, with Sean Smith This month’s feature includes excerpts by Sean Smith of Methuen MA – the first place winner (worth $250 cash) in AIIA’s 1999 Spring Symposium essay contest. Guidelines, award details, and topic information for Symposium 2000 are now available by contacting our AIIA office. TO MAKE THE CASE FOR […]

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Twenty-One Questions About the Bible, Part 3 of a 3 Part Series

In very many ways the most basic questions of all about the Christian faith are questions about the Bible. For if the Bible really is an accurate and reliable revelation from our Divine Creator, then almost every other important question about life and truth (Is there a God? Who am I? How did I get […]

Posted in 1997, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters | Leave a comment

Twenty-One Questions About the Bible, Part 2 of a 3 Part Series

In very many ways the most basic questions of all about the Christian faith are questions about the Bible. For if the Bible really is an accurate and reliable revelation from our Divine Creator, then almost every other important question about life and truth (Is there a God? Who am I? How did I get […]

Posted in 1997, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters | Leave a comment

Twenty-One Questions About the Bible, Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

In very many ways the most basic questions of all about the Christian faith are questions about the Bible. For if the Bible really is an accurate and reliable revelation from our Divine Creator, then almost every other important question about life and truth (Is there a God? Who am I? How did I get […]

Posted in 1997, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters | Leave a comment

Are There Contradictions in the Bible? Part III of a series on resolving discrepancies (so-called) in Scripture

This is the third and final part of a series of articles responding to allegations of Bible discrepancies and contradictions. This month we are providing the solution to a variety of commonly-alleged textual conflicts. A related comment follows. Allegation #1. In Matthew 22:42 (NASB) Jesus says, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son […]

Posted in 1995, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters | Leave a comment

Are There Contradictions in the Bible? Part II of a Series on Resolving Discrepancies (so-called) in Scripture

This article is the second in a series of articles that seek to respond to allegations of Bible discrepancies and contradictions. Again this month we are responding specifically to a six-page paper entitled “Errors in Your Holy Book!” that came to us from a man in Brockton, Massachusetts, through a mutual friend in Boston. It […]

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Are There Contradictions in the Bible? Part I of a Series on Resolving Discrepancies (so-called) in Scripture

One day last April (1994) I received correspondence from my friend, Les, in Boston. In his letter to me Les said that not long before he had met a man in neighboring Brockton who had given him a paper entitled “Errors in Your Holy Book!” Les immediately sent me a copy of this 6-page paper […]

Posted in 1995, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters | Leave a comment

Is the Bible Reliable in Every Detail?

Following are excerpts from an actual exchange of correspondence with an individual – not his real name – during the first two months of this year. 1/12/94 Dear Daryl, We Christians are taught to believe that every word of the Scriptures is inspired by God, which some take to mean literally written by God, but […]

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On Bible Contradictions & the Death of King Saul

A: “No, sir, Christianity is not for me – there are way too many unresolved questions.” B: “Oh, really? For instance?” A: “Well, for one thing, I can’t accept all those contradictions in the Bible.” B: “Bible contradictions? Really? How about giving me an example of one?” A: “Sure. For instance, in, uh,  …well, like, […]

Posted in 1993, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters | Leave a comment

On the Bible as a ‘Good Book’

Is the Bible a good book? Do you really think so? Many folks (perhaps you are among them) with whom I speak tend to question the idea of whether Jonah was ever really swallowed by a great fish. Others whom I know rather doubt the doctrine of a literal, seven-solar-days creation week. And I am […]

Posted in 1992, Bible, By Topic, By Year, ThoughtLetters | Leave a comment

On Bible Error & Who Killed Goliath

Are there any mistakes in the Bible? Is the Bible TOTALLY without error in ALL that it affirms? Many of us who would say “no” to the first question and “yes” to the second would do so with one major qualification. “In the original autographs”, we would say, “there were/are no errors.” But exactly what […]

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On the Reliability of the Biblical Manuscripts

Are the Biblical manuscripts reliable? Skipp Porteous says “no”. In his newly released book, “Jesus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, author Porteous says that much of the Bible is full of “inconsistencies and contradictions.” He says that the Gospel writers mostly recorded only hearsay. Fifty members of The Jesus Seminar agree. After a six-year study, this […]

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On the Bible as Divine and Truthful Revelation

Volume 1 • No. 4 • July 1991 Download PDF

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On The Reliability of the Bible

Volume 1 • No. 1 • April 1991 Download PDF

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