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<h3> <font color="#ffffff">Session 6: Is The Bible Reliable?<!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --></font></h3><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><h6><font color="#ffffff">++ WEEK OF 2/17/2019 ++</font></h6><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><h6><font color="#ffffff">(1 hour session)</font></h6>

The reliability of the Bible is being challenged on multiple fronts. At this point in history, an intelligent and thorough conversation about the reliability of Scripture is essential. Jews and Christians hinge their faith squarely on the words of the Bible. Therefore, if the Bible is not reliable, the implications for these faiths are significant. On the other hand, if the Bible is a reliable record of historical events (not to mention theological principles), then the entire world must consider God’s plan as recorded in it.
Let’s watch the first video together.

Video 1: Pulse of the World: Bible
Questions to Consider and Discuss
  • Did you identify with anyone’s expressed views in the film? If so, who and what resonated with you?
  • What does it mean that “80 percent of Americans identify the Bible as sacred literature yet only 43 percent of Christians firmly believe the Bible is accurate in all of the principles it teaches”?
Video 2: The Curiosity Collective: Is The Bible Reliable?

The Curiosity Collective is a collection of subject matter experts discussing the question “Is the Bible reliable?” It displays the various questions, struggles, and perspectives of these individuals regarding this session’s topic. See what they have to say and discuss it.

Questions to Consider and Discuss
  • In what ways can you identify with any of the stories in The Curiosity Collective? What did you find intriguing or compelling?
  • What are a few of the various sources of truth that people consider?
  • If someone asked you to describe the story of the Bible, what would you say? (Does your story lead to the Death & Resurrection of Jesus? Does your story lead to you?)
  • Do you think it’s possible that a book could be inspired by God? Why or why not?
  • How has the Bible impacted your life? Why does it even matter?
  • What might make you inclined to rely on the Bible as a source of truth or guidance in your life?
  • If you love the Bible, what about this book compels you? If, on the other hand, the Bible
    doesn’t appeal to you, what do you find challenging about it?
Scripture Focus

Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

  • In what ways might the Bible be “offering a better story, a story to help make sense of our crazy human existence”?
wrap up

 The Bible is understood in a variety of ways: a book of myths, a violent story about an evil god, a book of wisdom about life, the living Word of God, a legal document that prescribes every area of life. But, it’s more than that. It also claims to be God-breathed. And through fulfilled prophecy, it has shown itself to be something beyond just human creation—indeed, perhaps even supernatural.

Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” In other words, this writer seems to think that there is something special about this book—that it will outlast nature. Another passage states unequivocally that the Bible is “God-breathed.”

If any of this is true, then clearly the Bible is worth our sincere consideration.

Explore More on The Bible

The following resources are designed for deeper exploration of the topic of The Bible.

What Is The Bible?
Is The Bible Relevant?

Can I Trust The Bible?
Is The Bible Reliable?

Daily Stream of Inspiration
The 40 Most Popular Bible Verses

Recommended Books
Historical Reliablility of the Gospels, Craig Blomberg
Yes or No? Straight Answers to Tough Questions about Christianity, Peter Kreeft

Additional Content on the Bible