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DVD Review: Is The Bible Reliable
I was first introduced to The Truth Project's new series "True U" when I saw "The Toughest Test in College" documentary -- the first in the series. Needless to say, I was very impressed. This second installment --Is The Bible Reliable?-- was no less disappointing. In classroom setting, Dr. Stephen Meyer confidently teaches students why we can trust that our Bible is reliable.
The synopsis of Is The Bible Reliable? is as follows: Who is God, and how can we know Him? The Bible claims to be the direct revelation of our Creator. So if the biblical record is true, it is a primary means by which the God of the universe has revealed Himself to mankind. However, if it can be proved false, then the God of whom it speaks is simply one more pretender in the assembly of gods that man has created. In Is The Bible Reliable? Dr. Stephen Meyer challenges you to examine the historical and archaeological evidence to determine for yourself the veracity and accuracy of Scripture. Is the Bible true? You decide. In this package, which includes two DVDs, you will learn the following: Disc 1: 1) The Patriarchal Narratives and the Documentary Hypothesis 2) The Exodus: From Egypt to Canaan 3) The Israelite Conquest 4) The United Kingdom of David and Solomon 5) Historicity of the Old Testament: A Tale of Two Conquests Disc 2: 6) The Babylonian Conquest of Judah 7) Canons of Historicity: The New Testament 8) Early Composition of Luke and Acts 9) External Corroboration 10) The Trial of Jesus Also included is a discussion guide to be used in conjunction with the DVDs. Includes: - Questions to help facilitate group discussion - Creative exercises to help participants gain a greater understanding of the subject matter - Sidebars with background information to expand on the DVD content Some of the highlights were the humorous cartoons in the discussion guide which help to support the subject matter. Also, before and after each lesson, I was delighted to see Dave Stotts from the Drive Through History series as he shares a few words on the Bible's importance in congruence with the topic at hand in each lesson! I was also fascinated by the section on archaeology which supports the Bible. Overall, I really enjoyed Is The Bible Reliable? With a great teacher, excellent slide presentation graphics, and a discussion guide to ease following along, this series is sure to keep your interest as you learn about the reliability of the Bible. I highly recommend this series to everyone, and I think it does a good job of fulfilling its purpose: "You will be equipped to defend your faith and become a world changer in an increasingly hostile culture."
Antonio Ciseri's painting of Pontius Pilate presenting Christ to the crowd.
For years, skeptics have claimed that Pontius Pilate, the one responsible for Jesus' execution, was nothing more than a mythical figure. Is this true? And whether or not it is true, what is the significance of this? The implications of this are simple: if Pontius Pilate, did not exist, then the critics are right in stating that the Bible is in error. However, if he did exist, then it proves once again that the Bible is accurate in its details.
Let's begin by examining Matthew 27:2. It reads, "And when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor." Was Pilate really a governor? Luke 3:1 seems to agree: "Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother
Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch o…
Today is April Fool's Day. While I am not too enthralled with the idea of playing tricks on people, I wanted to share a little story with you all (no offense meant to those to whom it refers):
An atheist complained to a Christian friend, "You Christians have your sacred holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. Jews celebrate their national holidays, such as Passover and Yom Kippur. But we atheists have no recognized national holidays. It's unfair discrimination." His friend replied, "Why don't you celebrate April first?" On a more serious note, I would like to remind you all that we are called to be "fools for Christ" (1 Corinthians 4:10). This does not mean that we are to act stupid in the name of Christ; rather, it means that we are to go about God's business -- even if it makes us look like fools in the process. Today is as good a day as any to go out and spread the Gospel, to be a fool for Christ! P.S. Don't forget: The Online Apologe…
"When you say there's too much evil in this world you assume there's good. When you assume there's good, you assume there's such a thing as a moral law on the basis of which to differentiate between good and evil. But if you assume a moral law, you must posit a moral Law Giver, but that's Who you're trying to disprove and not prove. Because if there's no moral Law Giver, there's no moral law. If there's no moral law, there's no good. If there's no good, there's no evil. What is your question?"
~ Ravi Zacharias, in response to the objection, "There cannot be a God, because there is too much evil in this world"