Today’s post is about how to witness when someone is challenging the Bible. Skeptics ask, “Why believe the Bible?” Some Christians say, “The Bible is the word of God because it says it is.” Or they’ll say, “The Bible is self-validating.” Both of those responses are circular reasoning fallacies and so unnecessary if we’ll just admit that the Holy Spirit is our teacher. We merely need to admit that the Holy Spirit speaks into our heart that the Bible is God’s word.
The Bible is His very utterance. Anyone hearing the Bible is hearing God speaking specifically to them. In a crowd of hundreds hearing the same Bible verse, God can speak a specific personal and unique message to each person through the same verse without distorting the meaning of the text. God also speaks through every means of divine revelation mentioned in the Bible, but He will never contradict what He says in Scripture. And, when we acknowledge Him, His voice has creative and transforming power in our lives.
If we deny Him, we become irrational, and everyone can spot it.
<quote from Real Faith & Reason>
Imagine you have a letter, and you tell me, “I know that my father wrote this letter because my father wrote this letter.” But that would be a circular reasoning fallacy. To avoid the fallacy, you could have said, “I know this letter is from my father because my father told me he wrote it,” and that wouldn’t be a circular reasoning fallacy. I could question the authority behind the statement. For instance, I might question whether you’re telling the truth—a question of authority. Just because you say something doesn’t mean you’re telling the truth.
Then you could take me to your father who would tell me he wrote the letter. Facing that, I might question whether your father is telling the truth, or I might even question whether your father is your father, and yet these are questions of authority and not circular reasoning. Otherwise, I might refuse to meet with your father in the same way that many ungodly thinkers refuse to seek Jesus Christ.
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