A Book to trust #9 Consistency

Many of the people who are against people loving Jehovah give most of their attention to the New Testament, forgetting that the master teacher Jeshua, as a Jew found the ancient Hebrew and Aramaic Writings of vital importance. The Jewish rebbe thought it necessary that people would know the ancient scrolls of the people of God. He always used those ancient writings as the base of his teachings and considered them the messages of his heavenly Father, which everybody should come to know and to understand.

After the death of this Essene Jew his talmidim also received the same aversion like many of Jesus’ followers today.

Montgomery reflects on the witnessing of those disciples and the apostles’ opponents:

They had the means, motive and opportunity to expose the apostolic witness as inaccurate and deceptive if it had been such. The fact that they did not can only be effectively explained on the ground that they could not.

Clearly the risks and punishment for maintaining their convictions about Jesus outweighed what would have been the temporal rewards of changing their story. They stepped in the footsteps of the ancient witnesses for Jehovah who also more than once brought their own life by sticking to what they thought to be the truth and did consider to be the Word of God. When we look at the ancient times we see that several of the godly persons or prophets of the Old Testament were killed by those they served. Thus no earthly net gain can be said to have been the authors’ motive for their testimonies. those people may be emotionally bounded to an idea and could have had such special desire to have their ideas in accordance to a Higher Being, that they must have believed in that Supreme Being. They lived in a world where many had several gods but they themselves were convinced that we should only believe in and worship one God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah who is the Maker of everything and Who has always existed, having no beginning and no end, i.e. being an eternal Being. For them it was clear it was worthwhile to live but also to die for Him. They had a physiological need to feel connected with Him. You could say they had a similar impulse as the talmidim of Jeshua that acted as an incitement to action.

Many of the adversaries of God say all those writings are full of fantasies and are not conform with each other, containing many contradictory things.

Though when looking what those writers had to endure for their witnessing you might wonder if their making up stories would be worth it, and how it can be possible that whilst they lived so many miles and ages away from each other, they still could create such a coherent whole.

There are no proven external defects in the witnesses all those biblical writers made. Contradictory to the adversaries their sayings no internal defects in their testimony can be found either.

Those people saying (or writing) the New Testament writings are inconsistent or self-contradictory forget that the four Gospels are accounts of Jesus’ life by four different men from totally different background and directing their writings also to different groups with a different knowledge about matters discussed. The authors wanted to give a narrative or record of events to the specific public they were writing at. For none of them was it to give an actual day to day report. They had not written a diary and only started writing things down after Jesus was already not there any more. They also wrote their experiences down, or wrote the facts like they had felt it, or from the way they looked at it at that time. They had no intention at all to give a very comprehensive detained event overview. They also wanted covering many, yet not all, of the same events and living far apart from each other plus not seeing any need to recount the happenings word for word identical. If they were identical, they certainly would be suspect.

Instead, we can see how the accounts are complementary; each providing different perspectives without contradiction. In fact, nowhere in the Bible has any contradiction been proven to exist.

This assertion is not unchallenged, of course, and may be pursued under the category Objections. (For other specific challenges, try When Critics Ask by Geisler/Howe, or Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer. These are not the only books on the subject, but ones I’ve personally seen and respect. {How can we tell whether or not the Bible is telling the truth?}

+

Preceding

A Book to trust #1 Background book for debate

A Book to trust #2 Book of Truth

A Book to trust #3 Creation and Creator

A Book to trust #4 Cause of Being and Truth

A Book to trust #5 Words directed to create order

A Book to trust #6 True God and true words

A Book to trust #7 Heavenly Father not withholding knowledge

A Book to trust #8 Father of the universe wanting His creatures to know Him

Next:

A Book to trust #10 Archaeology confirming or denying claims of the Bible #1 Old Testament

A Book to trust #11 Archaeology confirming or denying claims of the Bible #2 New Testament

++

Additional reading

  1. Bible containing scientific information
  2. The mythical conflict of science and Scripture (1)
  3. The mythical conflict of science and Scripture (2)
  4. Science and the Bible—Do They Really Contradict Each Other?
  5. Are Science and the Bible Compatible?
  6. Science and Religion Harmonized (Once and For All…)
  7. Reconciling Science and Religion
  8. Incomplete without the mind of God
  9. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen

+++

Related

  1. Bible Facts
  2. What are some proofs that the Bible is actually the Word of God?
  3. Cubit Pi Silliness
  4. Two More Reasons You Can Trust the Bible
  5. Responding to Atheists: The God I know
  6. I Was Just Thinking … About the Value of Translations
  7. Bible Accuracy
  8. Bible Accuracy 4
  9. Bible Accuracy 11
  10. Bible Accuracy 12
  11. Bible Accuracy 13
  12. Bible Accuracy 14
  13. Bible Accuracy 15
  14. Bible Accuracy 16
  15. Bible Accuracy 17
  16. Bible Accuracy – Reasons To Trust The Bible
  17. The Bible Has Survived All Attacks of Man
Advertisements

25 thoughts on “A Book to trust #9 Consistency

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.