Communicating the Gospel -- Textual Criticism

Through Persecution and Skepticism the Bilbe has Stood the Test of Time

The Bible is the most unique piece of literature ever known. Through persecution and skepticism it has stood the test of time. Critics of the Bible will claim that the text was rewritten to propagate religious dominance and political brainwashing, yet it remains unscathed.

Apologetics is not simply left up to the apologists and theologians to discuss, apologetics are a set of tools used by the evangelist to bring the captives back home and into relationship with Christ. What this means is that apologetics and theology are much more than a college degree, it is the power of God's Word in action.

When discussing the authenticity of the Bible with non-believers, oftentimes a perceived contradiction is the argument used to deny the authority of the Bible. “The Bible has so many contradictions that it couldn't possibly be true.”

Pointed questions made by an apologist will help to formulate an adequate argument. More times than not, a skeptic will say this out of sheer ignorance and an apologetic discourse isn't needed. However, there are those with real questions about the Bible that require evidence before making such a critical decision for or against becoming a Christian. A basic knowledge of Textual Criticism will come in handy during these moments, and it is the responsibility of the evangelist to communicate the gospel in an intellectually satisfying manner.

In a court of law, the accused is innocent until proven guilty. A man cannot be condemned by mere accusation alone. The same rules apply to textual criticism. Aristotle's dictum states that, “the benefit of the doubt is given to the document itself, not arrogated by the critic to himself. ”

There are those who require that the Bible be proven exhaustively in order for any of it to be true. These arguments come in the form of statements such as, “If nobody can prove how Noah fit that many animals on a boat at one time, then the event did not actually occur.” This is a logical fallacy.

The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. If Aristotle's dictum is followed, the burden of proof falls upon one making the accusation. If the events recorded in Genesis regarding Noah's Ark didn't happen, prove it.

The Bible makes hundreds of truth statements, all of which are sustainable. Nothing contained within the passages of Scripture has been falsified even with thousands of years to criticize it. Perceived contradictions are not contradictions and accusations. The Bible has been proven to be historically accurate and the text has also been proven to be true.

Written by: Roberto Perez