1. The Bible as authoritative source of information: The entire Bible bears witness that we are dealing with a source of truth authored by God. The Old Testament (OT) prophets took this position (e.g., Isa. 1:10; Jer. 7:1; and Hos. 4:6) as well as the New Testament (NT) apostles (e.g., 2 Tim. 3:16; and 2 Pet. 1:21). H.W. Beck concludes from archaeological researches [B1, p. 39]: “The hypothesis of a long oral tradition and of a long evolution of literary developmental processes is really not probable.” The apostles not only knew the Scriptures exceedingly well, but the deeper meanings were also disclosed to them by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ revealed certain information to Paul, as a chosen instrument of God (Gal. 1:12), and Paul confessed unequivocally: “I believe everything that . . . is written” (Acts 24:14). Peter affirmed that he did not follow cleverly invented stories, but was an eyewitness (2 Pet. 1:16). The special key to understanding Scripture is given by God’s Son himself. Jesus states that His words will never pass away (Matt. 24:35). He guarantees that everything that has been written will be fulfilled (Luke 18:31). He authorized all the meaningful elements of the text of the Bible (e.g., Luke 16:17) and confirmed that all biblical accounts described real historical events, for example the creation of the first human couple (Matt. 19:4–5), the universality of the Flood and the destruction of all air-breathing creatures (Matt. 24:38–39), and the history of Jonah (Matt. 12:40–41). The present author discusses the authority of the Bible more fully in [G6].
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