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Title: The Bible Exposed


1
Welcome to
THE BIBLE
UNDER FIRE
An Special Sunday service of the Metro Cavite
Christian Church with Rolan D. Monje
2
THE BIBLE
UNDER FIRE
Can the Bible survive the attacks?
3
Attacks on the Bible
  • Not relevant!
  • Not coherent!
  • Not complete!
  • Not accurate!
  • Not understandable!

4
Some Bible attackers
  • Expert skeptics
  • Uninformed skeptics
  • Fiction enthusiasts
  • Wide readers
  • Ordinary readers

5
Examples from History
  • The Deist movement (1700s)
  • The Rationalist movement (1750s)
  • The Existentialist movement (1850s)
  • The Postmodern movement (1950s)

6
A question of evidence
  • Everyone will have to make a personal judgment on
    the Bible
  • Before you make a judgment, you need to look at
    all the facts

7
People vs the Bible
  • Attempts to attack the Bible backfire on the
    people who start them.
  • Instead of the Bible losing credibility, its the
    other way around peoples motives, faults, and
    inconsistencies get exposed.

8
Bible Controversy 1
  • New Age
  • Teachings

9
New Ages growing influence
  • On the New Age movement…
  • Dr. Carl A. Raschke, a professor of religious
    studies at the University of Denver says it is
    "the most powerful social force in the world
    today."

10
Characteristics of New Age Teachings
  • Pantheism everything is God
  • Relativism what works for you is good only
    what feels good is true
  • Mysticism abnormal use of the mind, occult
    references, relic/symbol worship

11
New Age Teachings on God
  • Benjamin Crème
  • "In a sense there is no such thing as God, God
    does not exist. And in another sense, there is
    nothing else but God, only God exists....All is
    god. And because all is god, there is no God.

12
New Age Teachings on Jesus
  • Alice Bailey, highly regarded New Age teacher
  • …through the constant return … to the school of
    life on earth, there to undergo the perfection
    process of which He (Jesus) was the outstanding
    example.

13
New Age Teachings on Jesus
  • Jaime Licauco speaks on "The Other Meaning of
    Christ's Birth"
  • …that Christ's birth represents God's becoming
    man, is only half of the story. … the same story
    also represents the possibility of man's becoming
    God… For why should God descend to the level of
    man except to lift him up, and to show that he,
    too, can become God?

14
Is New Age really new?
  • 1970s TM, Scientology
  • 1980s Unified Theory
  • 1990s Conversations with God by NDWalsch,
    etc.
  • But these have common elements and concepts from
    as early as 600BC!

15
Conclusion New Age Teachings
  • Not really new! Re-hash of Hinduism, Buddhism,
    mysticism, paganism, etc.
  • Ranges from strange to superstitious
  • Focus on feeling over obedience
  • Goes vs the Bible, and vs God as he is presented
    in the Bible

16
Bible Controversy 2
  • The Gospel
  • of Judas

17
What is the Gospel of Judas?
  • Historical background
  • 3rd /4th century doc
  • Coptic language

18
What is the Gospel of Judas?
Judas, who is portrayed as greater than the
other apostles, was commissioned by Jesus to be
the instrumental hero towards the ultimate goal
for (the true) Jesus to be released from his
mortal body
19
The Gospel of Judas Gnosticism
  • Gnosticism from gnosis hybrid philosophical
    and religious system of belief emphases - the
    all, flesh is evil, elite knowledge
  • Vocabulary theology ? Gnostic leanings
  • Nag Hammadi documents (largely Gnostic)
  • Related text Gospel of Thomas

20
Problems with Gospel of Judas
  • Influence of Gnostic philosophy
  • Late time of writing at least 3 generations from
    the writing of the other gospels
  • Removed from Jesus lifetime
  • Cryptic, non-orthodox teaching
  • Not accepted by the early church

21
Rejection of false gospels
22
What the Paul writes vs Gnostics
  • Col 28,21,23 …no one takes you captive through
    hollow and deceptive philosophy….These are all
    destined to perish with use… Such regulations
    indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their
    self-imposed worship, their false humility and
    their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack
    any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

23
The Gospel of Judas-Conclusions
  • Represents a later reaction (like other Gnostic
    writings) on the original and earlier teaching of
    the apostles
  • Presents vocabulary and theology different from
    NT
  • Does not shed any light on our historical
    understanding of Jesus and the NT

24
Bible Controversy 3
  • Dan Browns
  • Da Vinci Code

25
Dan Browns Da Vinci Code
  • A novel
  • A suspenseful, thought-provoking plot
  • Includes an intro FACT…All descriptions of
    artwork, architecture, documents, and secret
    rituals in this novel are accurate.
  • A novel nonetheless
  • Category (per printer) Fiction

26
Cracking the code…
  • Impossibility of the storyline
  • Misrepresentation of organizations

27
Cracking the code…
  • Wrong information on art history
  • Art historian Denise Budd, Columbia University
    There is no real evidence at all that Leonardo da
    Vinci was a member of the Priory of Sion or any
    other secret organization. The documents that
    Dan Brown relied upon…appear to be 20th century
    forgeries…

28
Cracking the code…
  • Wrong information on art history
  • Art historian Diane Cappadona of Georgetown
    University
  • On Browns supposition that the John character
    in the Last Supper is really Mary It nicely
    fits with feminist theology...However, that
    doesnt make it true…No, I do not believe that
    there is a woman in the Last Supper and I do not
    believe in any way that it is Mary Magdalene.

29
Cracking the code…
30
Cracking the code…
  • Dan Brown guilty of stealing ideas?

31
Dan Browns intro
  • FACT…All descriptions of artwork, architecture,
    documents, and secret rituals in this novel are
    accurate.

documents
32
Claim 1 regarding documents
  • Ch 55, p.251 The Bible as we know it today, was
    collated by the pagan Roman Emperor Constantine
    the great… p.254 …Constantine commissioned
    and financed a new Bible…

33
Did Constantine collate the Bible?
  • New Testament books were written by 100 AD, and
    were in circulation already by that time
  • Constantine (and the Council of Nicaea, 325 AD)
    came 200 years later, and had nothing to do with
    choosing which books of the Bible would be
    included in the Canon
  • Constantine commissioned the copying of Bibles,
    meaning there was already a Bible to be copied!

34
Dan, get your facts straight!
NT Bible Compiled
OT Compiled
380AD
325AD
OT Completed
Nicaea, Constantine
180AD
90AD
30AD
NT 85 Compiled
400BC
2200BC
NT Completed
35
Claim 2 regarding documents
  • Ch 55, p.254 Some of the gospels that
    Constantine attempted to eradicate managed to
    survive. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the
    1950s hidden in a cave…And of course, the Coptic
    scrolls in 1945 at Nag Hammadi…these documents
    speak of Christs ministry in very human terms.

36
Do the Dead Sea Scrolls teach that Jesus was
merely human?
37
The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Contains OT books
  • Contains Jewish tractates
  • Contains various Jewish writings
  • Dont talk about Jesus at all!

38
Comments on DVC
  • Bart Ehrman, University of North Carolina (Chapel
    Hill)
  • There is no evidence that Jesus was ever
    married, let alone married to Mary Magdalene.

39
Comments on DVC
  • James Robinson, Claremont Graduate School, on the
    Da Vinci hubbub
  • We are a Jesus-haunted culture thats biblically
    illiterate.

40
Comments on DVC
  • Skeptic Magazine (atheist magazine), on Dan
    Browns research
  • In matters of historical analysis, it is not
    possible to be more wrong than this.

41
Truths, Half-truths, Lies
  • Mk 322 By the prince of demons he is driving out
    demons.
  • he is driving out demons
  • by the prince of demons

42
Problems with Da Vinci Code in the area of
documents only
  • Erroneous statements on the gospels
  • Confusion regarding early writings and later
    reflections
  • Misunderstanding of the role of church councils
  • Inaccurate assessment of Constantines role in
    4th cen Christianity

43
Da Binchee hu?
  • Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

44
Da Binchee hu?
  • Renaissance painter, architect, engineer,
    mathematician, scientist and philosopher
  • He lived in the 15th century, 1400 years after
    Christ!
  • When did Da Vinci become an authority in
    religious truth?
  • Will you base your faith on this man?

45
Conclusion on the DVC
  • Dan Browns assertions on the roots of
    Christianity are not just disturbing, but
    erroneous, his fallacy-laden arguments stemming
    from extremely poor research, personal bias, or
    both.

46
Recommended Reading
  • On evidences/apologetics
  • Evidence that Demands a Verdict
  • by Josh MacDowell
  • On Bible text history
  • The Canon Debate by Lee MacDonald
  • On Church history
  • Church History in Plain Language
  • by Bruce Shelley
  • More to be posted at www.addtoyourlearning.com

47
The Bible Under Fire
Attempts to attack the Bible backfire on the
people who start them. Instead of the Bible
losing credibility, its the other way around
peoples motives, faults, and inconsistencies get
exposed.
48
If you will just read the Bible…
You will find out… That its a GREAT BOOK!
49
Whats so great about the Bible?
  • 1. Unbelievable Unity
  • Around 40 authors, 3 languages, 3 continents
  • Written in a span of about 1500 years in very
    different contexts
  • Coherent, singleness of thought

50
Whats so great about the Bible?
  • 2. Amazing Accuracy
  • Contains factual information which corresponds
    with reality
  • Contains incidental information which corresponds
    with truthful account

51
Whats so great about the Bible?
  • 3. Terrific Toughness
  • Withstood the tests of time and trouble
  • Bernard Ramm .. No other book has been chopped,
    knived, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified

52
Whats so great about the Bible?
  • 4. Incredible Impact
  • The number one best seller of all time
  • Translated into more than 2,200 languages and
    dialects
  • UBS sells around 50,000 /day
  • Changed lives the world over

53
Conclusion Bible Under Fire
Ps 11918 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful
things in your law
What do we do with the Bible?
54
Conclusion The Bible is for YOU
  • Learn it!
  • Love it!
  • Live it!

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THE BIBLE
UNDER FIRE
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THE BIBLE
UNDER FIRE
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