Dear friends,

I think the title is a great question. The answer is, “No.”

Some might say, “Yikes!” Some might wonder if I really believe the Bible is God’s word written. Some may wonder if I’ve gone soft. Let me explain.

I am not saying that the Bible is “true for me”, but not true in an interpersonal or objective sense. I am not saying that “you just have to believe” or “you just need to have faith” and then you will know that the Bible is God’s word written. I am most definitely not saying that the Bible merely inspires me or it is only my way to understand a spiritual quest.

I believe in what Jesus Christ taught and what true Christians have always believed – that the Bible is God’s word written. The Bible’s ultimate author is God and when we read the Bible; every word, every sentence every book and the Bible as a whole is what God wanted written.

If this is so, you might be wondering why I don’t believe you can prove this. People often ask, “if it can’t be proven, how can it be true?” Once again, great questions. Simply put, most things can’t be proven. In fact, the only things that approach being “proven” are mathematical or simple matters of “fact”.

We usually use the idea of “proven” to mean “beyond doubt”, but some people can doubt everything and most people always have some doubts. But everyone believes there are things that we can truly know. The real question is not whether something can be proven, but whether a belief is warranted.

This is a short blog, not a long book. If you want to read more, try Alvin Plantinga’s “Warranted Christian Belief” or one of C. Stephen Evans’ books, either “Natural Signs and the Knowledge of God” or “Why Christian Faith Still Makes Sense”

I believe that the belief that the Bible is God’s word written is warranted. This means there are good reasons for the belief. It means the belief is consistent with other true and reasonable beliefs. It means that “the Bible is God’s word written” is coherent and consistent with other Christian beliefs. In fact, “the Bible is God’s word written” is necessary to the Christian faith.

One other feature of “warranted belief” is important here. In “warranted” belief you look for a good answer that also is the best answer amidst alternative answers. I believe this is true about the Christian claim about the Bible. It is always possible to doubt that the Bible is God’s word written, but when we look at either alternative books or methods as the means used by God to reveal Himself; or, if we look at alternative beliefs about the Bible, we will come to the conclusion that “the Bible is God’s word written” is the best answer amidst corrupting claims. More next week.

George +