Validity of Bible



What do modern biblical scholars think about the validity of the Bible?


¡°For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and morrow, and is a discerner (sic) of the thoughts and intents of the heart¡± (Heb. 4:12).


¡°In the beginning . . .¡± is how the Bible starts (Gen. 1:1). I still recall from my childhood the stories of Creation. God created the world in six days, a world that was ¡°very good,¡± and on the seventh day, ¡°He rested¡± (Gen. 1:31, Gen. 2:2). Stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, and Jesus were usual bedtime stories that helped explain the world I was living in. However, these stories had a larger impact on me due to the strong Christian background in my family. My father was a born-again Baptist while my mother was a devout Seventh Day Adventist from birth. God was not a fairy godmother. Adam and Eve were not Prince Charming and Cinderella of fairy tales. They weren¡¯t figments of imagination my parent conjured up to put their baby boy to sleep. They were alive, they were real, and I was to learn from them.
As I grew older and reached adulthood, these stories seemed to take on more and more fairytale-like characteristics. There were too many unexplained questions regarding the Bible. For instance, logically, how could have God created an entire world in six days? What happened to Darwin¡¯s theory of evolution? The stories of the New Testament intrigued me the most. How was it possible for Jesus to have been born by a virgin birth? Today, it is theoretically possible to reproduce an organism through cloning. But, I don¡¯t think that Jesus was a clone. Then, there were some stupid questions like, if Adam and Eve were the only people on earth, whom did Cain and Abel marry? Too many questions and too many feeble answers from religious teachers, with help from studying biology and ancient history, eventually caused me to abandon my religious faith. However, throughout the years, my soul was not satisfied with the equally weak proof science gave me. I found it hard to believe that all the beauty around me came about through time and coincidence. In order to understand controversies surrounding this sacred book, I decided to question modern-day religious authorities on the validity of the Bible itself. This project is my first and last attempt to find the truth in the Scriptures.
Before we study the evidence given by today¡¯s scholars, let us first look in the Bible to see if it can prove its own validity. After all, the Bible is a collection of books written by those who we would call religious scholars. Jesus¡¯ disciple, John, writes that Jesus himself stated, ¡°Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth¡± (Jn. 17:17). John, the author of the Bible¡¯s last chapter (Book of Revelations), states that God¡¯s word is truth. In the Book of Daniel, an angel of the Lord appears to Daniel in a vision and promises to ¡°tell you (Daniel) what is noted in the Scripture of Truth¡± (Dan. 10:21). The biblical authors also try to prove the Bible¡¯s validity through the fulfillment of its prophecies. Jesus states that the ¡°Scriptures (regarding His coming) is fulfilled in your hearing¡±. (Lk. 4:21). Each of these passages, as well as many others, advocate the truth in the Bible. However, because the last entry of the Bible was made over a thousand years ago and because no living witness is alive to support these claims, it is difficult to tell whether or not this information has merit.
Since exploring the Bible for answers seems pointless, let us examine the people most associated with the Bible today, the biblical scholars. Since I had no method of meeting all of the biblical scholars, I used their writings to determine their views on truth in the Bible. While conducting my research, I found many similar ideas between these people.
Every single person agrees that the Scriptures are true. Nevertheless, the evidence each individual gives to support his or her claim varies. Interestingly enough, when further studied, each one distinguished between truth in the historical accuracy