But He was wounded for our transgressions,
was bruised for our iniquities, the
chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with
His stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53: 5.
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Amazingly Consistent Theme of the Bible
The Bible contains 66 books, written by approximately 40
different writers, over 1600 years, on 3 different continents,
in 3 different languages, on thousands of different subjects,
yet with one central theme-God's redemption of mankind from sin
won for the whole world by the life, death, and resurrection of
Logical Consistency of the Bible
For a successful debate, show that your opponent's views are
arbitrary or inconsistent, and that your position is consistent
not arbitrary. The Bible is internally consistent ("self
consistent" or "logically consistent"). Some debating points:
Life after death in heaven or hell may be, in one sense,
difficult to believe, but it is entirely internally consistent
with the rest of the Bible. If there is a truly just God,
justice is only certain if there is ultimate justice. The
non-biblical view, in contrast, is inconsistent when it holds
that we came from nowhere and go to nowhere, but life is filled
with meaning in between. Thus only the biblical worldview is
The statement that "there are no moral
absolutes" contains two mistakes:
The declaration itself is an absolute statement, thus it
A person cannot live his life without moral absolutes. Examples:
fairness vs. unfairness; kindness vs. hatred.
For another example, the doctrine of original sin is consistent
with the need for a savior.
If there is an omnipotent God, the miracle of creation, as well
as the other biblical miracles, is very plausible.
A logical thought progression to make sense of the Christian
Is there a God? If so,
Is it logical to believe that God knows what is going on down
here? If so,
Is it reasonable to believe that He cares about what is going on
down here? If so,
Is it reasonable to believe that He cares enough to communicate
His concerns to us? If so,
How might He communicate truth to us? Can the Bible demonstrate
that it is indeed God's Word?
Geisler lists these criteria for
establishing if a book was from God:
It would claim to be God's Word.
It would be historically accurate when it speaks on historical
The authors would be trustworthy.
The book would be thematically unified and without
We would have received accurate copies of the original
It would make statements that would reveal knowledge about the
way things work beyond the knowledge of its day.
(See Geisler Encyclopedia pages 692-693.)
It would make predictions about the
future that could not be known through natural means.
The message would be unique.
The messengers would be confirmed by miracles.
The words would have a transforming power.