APOLOGETICS SESSION 11
- In your own words, how would you summarize (briefly) how we got our Bible?
- As a group, see if you can give a brief outline of the major historical events shared in this video related to the preservation of the Scriptures.
- Is the Bible reliable? Is it reasonable to believe that we have what the authors wrote? Explain.
- What is textual criticism? How would you explain it?
- How many Christian doctrines are dependent on (or changed by) a 'variant'? Why is this significant?
- Has the Bible been changed or corrupted?
- What language was the New Testament written in?
- In the year 1516 A.D., the first Bible was printed on a printing press; how were copies of the Bible made before that? Why is this significant?
- Do we have the original manuscript (autograph) of any books of the Bible? Is that a good thing or a bad thing according to Piper? Explain.
- We have an abundance of manuscripts (copies) of the New Testament books. Why is this significant?
- How does the number of manuscripts we have of the Bible compare to those of other ancient books? Why is this important
- "The more you manuscripts you have, the more you can test which is the original." How is this true?
"You and I should be very thankful that in God's sovereign providence over the centuries, these thousands and thousands of manuscripts are so abundant today - that in the science of textual criticism, as they are compared one with the other, there is a high degree of certainty that we have the original wording. And were there isn't a degree of certainty, it affects no doctrine of the Christian faith." -John Piper
- Why does Frank Turek suggest that God might have sovereignly preserved numerous copies instead of the original?
- From what you learn from this short video, is the New Testament we have today accurate? Explain.
- What is a variant?
- Are there really 200,000 to 400,000 variants? Is this a problem that should concern us regarding our confidence in Scripture? Explain.
- If someone argues that over the years, scribes added and changed things in Scripture, what would you say?
- "More manuscripts = more variants, and more manuscripts = more certainty." Explain.
- Dr Wallace said that we have 'an embarrassment of riches' in how many copies of the New Testament we have when compared to other ancient literature. What does he mean?
- Strobel explains that the vast majority of variants are minor. What are some examples?
- What stood out to you most from this session/discussion?
- Closing thoughts/comments?