God would give us great intelligence and then punish us for blindly accepting the scripts of a man made bible?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
All religions are man made. But it is our actions that determine our punishments on one another. God is all of us in Love and Creation. All we need to do is look in the mirror and express our spirits. Follow our own paths to spiritual enlightenment. You don't need a bible to do that.
Have faith in your own heart and the real answers will come to you.
- UlijuLv 41 decade ago
Don't you mean for NOT blindly accepting the scripts of a man-made bible?
- Patrick CLv 41 decade ago
Yeah, I wish.
I think you mean, "NOT blindly accepting the scripts of a man made Bible."
- 1 decade ago
There is no blindly accepting about it. First of all, the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible. Secondly, everything in there relates to everything else and is confirmed elsewhere in the Bible.
Josephus writes of the Old Testament (OT), "It is true our history has been written since Artaxerxes very particularly but has not been esteemed of the like authority with the former by our forefathers, because there has not been an exact succession of the prophets since that time." Ataxerxes was the king of Persia, ruling over Jerusalem around 450 BC and the Hebrew OT dates to that time. In 285 BC, Ptolemy Philadelphia commissioned seventy scholars in Alexandria, Egypt to translate the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek. It took them 15 years, but it resulted in what we call the Septuagint. The Council of Jamnia in AD 90 finalized the Hebrew Scriptures, but they were not codified until 916 AD into what is known as the Masoretic Text. Most English Bible Translations rely heavily on this Masoretic Text.
The accuracy of the OT can be proven from archaeology and history. Until the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, the Masoretic Texts were the best copies in existence. The Dead Sea Scrolls dated from 150 BC to AD 100 – much closer to when the books were written. The error rate was less than one percent between the Dead Sea Scrolls and our own Bible – and 98% of the errors are simple spelling variations. None of the variances affected the meaning of the text. The OT is accurate. Many OT books refer to other Old Testament books. To name a few, Nehemiah 9 refers to Jewish history from Genesis-Ezra; 2 Samuel 22 records Psalm 18; Daniel 9:2 cites Jeremiah 25; Jonah 2 recites portions of the Psalms and Ezekiel 14:14 and 20 mentions both Job and Daniel. Josephus says of the OT, “After the latter prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, the Holy Spirit departed from Israel." (around 400 BC) (Against Apion 1:8).
What about the accuracy of the New Testament (NT)? The historical infallibility of the Scripture should be tested by the same criteria by which all historical documents are tested. Military historian C. Sanders lists three basic principles of historiography: the bibliographical text, the internal evidence test, and the external evidence test. The bibliographical text examines how accurate the text is in comparison with copies of the original text. Jesus died in AD 30, and the NT manuscripts were written AD 48-90. The oldest copies date to the last quarter of the first century, and the second oldest, AD 125, leaving a narrow gap of 35-40 years from the originals to the earliest manuscripts found. We have some 5,300 Greek copies of the NT and 24,633 if the Syrian, Latin, Coptic and Aramaic manuscripts are counted (and these can be checked by Greek/Hebrew dictionaries for accuracy). In contrast, Julius Caesar’s works are no longer around, but we have 10 copies left – from 1,000 years later. Only 600 copies (1300 years later) of Homer’s Iliad still exist. But are the copies of the NT reliable? For that, we go to the internal evidence where the authors’ credibility is determined. Just as the OT quoted itself, so does the NT: 2 Peter 3:15-16 mentions Paul’s writings and Paul quotes Luke 10:17 in 1 Timothy 5:18. These were eye witness accounts, or friends-of-eye-witness accounts. These accounts were being circulated in the lifetimes of the writers – however there is no indication from their peers that these accounts are false. But are there writings about Jesus outside of the Bible? External evidence “writings confirming Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection include Flavius Josephus (AD 93), the Babylonian Talmud (AD 70-200), Pliny the Younger’s letter to Emperor Trajan (approx AD 100), the Annals of Tacitus (AD 115-117), Mara Bar Serapion (sometime after AD 73), and Suetorius’ Life of Claudius and Life of Nero (AD 120).”
“The Da Vinci Code” claimed that the NT books, particularly the Gospels, were not part of the Bible until the canon was finalized AD 336-419, hinting that they were not Scriptural before that time. Yet, Clement, writing in about 96 AD, identifies the following NT books: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, 1 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter. Ignatius, bishop of Antioch, writing in approximately 108 AD, alludes to the following NT books: Matthew, Luke, John, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, and 1 & 2 Timothy. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (c. 70-160) writing in approximately 110 AD, identifies 16 NT books as canonical. Justin Martyr was aware of the following NT books: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians, Hebrews, and 1 Peter. Irenaeus (c. 150-202) became bishop of Lyon, Gaul (France) about 180 AD. He identified the following books as canonical: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thess, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1 & 2 John and Revelation. 16Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration). (2 Timothy 3:16a)
This is how the 66 books were chosen. The evidence is good enough for historians and archaeologists. It is not "blindly accepted" but approved by people specializing in the fields to determine whether or not it is correct, not even counting the spiritual aspect of a tested faith.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Yes, God gave us intelligence and wisdom to accept His scriptures blindly in Faith. His scriptures enlightens Us with His Wisdom and Intelligence that makes us want to be in His image.
GOD BLESS! AMEN! SHALOM!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
2 Peter 1:21 , 2 Timothy 3:16
- punchLv 71 decade ago
I thought he was rewarding us for blindly accepting?
- Anonymous1 decade ago
the bible is inspired by God. why abuse the intelligence God has blessed man with?
- 1 decade ago
Faith blocks a lot of things rational..