The Bible or the Book of Mormon?
By Gregory Koukl
The question of the authority of the Bible and its divine inspiration can be stated very simply: Is the Bible a book given by God to man, or is it a book produced by man–and merely by man–about God? Those are the only two options I think we’re faced with. The Bible is either a divine product, or it isn’t a divine product, but a mere product of human thinking. If it isn’t a divine product, then human authorship is the whole story.
The way you can attempt to answer the question, "Is the Bible really inspired"–does it have a divine origin–is to see whether the Bible has marks of the supernatural.
Your Bible (is) a translation directly from the best Greek manuscripts we possess. It’s a direct translation from the Greek to the English, a one-step process.
It isn’t enough to simply assume the Bible’s authority from the beginning. Christians assume from the get-go that the Bible is God’s word, and frequently they won’t take it any further than that. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to be good enough for most people. Many non-Christians assume from the get-go the Bible’s not inspired. They revere the book, or respect it in some fashion, but as for it being the word of God? No. It’s written by men and men make mistakes. That’s their view.
Now, I think somebody who takes this view has to at least acknowledge, first of all, that they didn’t actually reason to the conclusion that the Bible was not inspired. Unless, of course, they thought it was reasonable to conclude that since men were involved, the Bible must have errors.
That certainly doesn’t follow, that since human beings may be prone to err, they’re necessarily erring in the things they write about God. It may be that they are, but it doesn’t automatically mean they are. It seems to me you have to look a little further before you can draw that conclusion. You have to look at the information itself. You have to look at the evidence. Men can err, but did they err in this case?
Another thing that this view doesn’t take into consideration is that the Bible itself claims to be God’s word. Now, of course, that doesn’t make it true, per se. We’ve got to go further than the mere claim. But it is significant that many who don’t believe in Christianity still respect the Bible. This book they respect makes this claim about itself over and over again, and if the book is worthy of respect, then certainly the claim is worthy of respect. It’s worthy of careful consideration…
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