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Our Christian Colleges are moving away from teaching that the Bible is final authority. Words like myth and folklore are appearing in Bible survey classes.
If Scripture contains folklore and myth, then it is our job to decide which part is true and which part is not reliable. We move from trying to understand and apply the Scriptures to deciding which records are the word of God.
It is an easy move to saying that the Bible contains the word of God. This is a massive move away from saying that the Bible is the word of God.
Bible believers have relied, rightly, on external evidence for saying which writing belong to the canon of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament Scriptures as well. The problem is that the whole field of canonical evidence is foreign to most Bible students. It becomes necessary to take the word of experts on the subject.
Another approach, the one we use on these pages, is to look at the large amount of interlocking evidence among the Bible writers themselves. If we believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Living Word, we can take a cue from what he endorsed and what his inspired men, the apostles and New Testament prophets, endorsed.
This study is developing and should be complete by June of 2005.
Genesis This book, more than any other, has been labeled as myth. The first 11 chapters are especially under attack. These chapters are considered poetic by the critics. Jesus referred to Genesis a number of times and always as literal, historic truth. Calling Genesis "Hebrew poetry" discredits a number of other inspired people including the Lord.
Critics demonstrate that some of Genesis is not from the vocabulary of Moses. The Bible does not claim that he wrote it. Rather, he was the inspired editor of earlier documents that were handed down to him and Genesis is included among the Books of Moses because of his inspired editorial work.
Exodus A number of inspired men endorse the Mosiac authorship of Exodus. Notice that Joshua endorsed it, showing when it was written. Unless one wants to redate Joshua, too. Leviticus Our Lord used this book as authority on two occasions. Numbers Our Lord endorsed Numbers three times. Deuteronomy This book is attributed to a later time in Israel by those who have lived at an even later time in Europe. However, the people close to the scene believed that it was written by Moses, as it claims. Every writer of the New Testament cites the book as authority.