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Where did the Bible come from, and how can we know that it's truly authoritative in our lives today?
- The Bible has a long history and has existed in different forms.
- Christian Bibles and Jewish Bibles have one major difference: the NT.
- The three major Christian traditions have the same NTs, but different OTs. This has a lot to do with later Christian history starting in the eleventh century A.D.
- The biblical canon shows that one of the ways God “breathes out” his true word is through human history.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
See Also: Apologetics, Church History, Investigating Faith
Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- What is your interest in the topic of the biblical canon? Explain.
- The Bible is a very ancient book. How or why do you think it has survived for so long and yet still maintains a major presence across the world?
- Why do you think it is important to understand what is – and is not – canonical?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16. How does the statement that the Bible is “God-breathed” mesh with the fact that it was written down by human beings using human language?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.