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The Internal Test for Credibility

The Internal Test for Credibility

Here is some content from yesterday's message--is the Bible credible. One of the most commonly questions asked about the scriptures is, can we trust it?

In 1952, a historian named Steve Sanders, came up with three specific tests to evaluate the authenticity of any historical writing. Let’s use these questions as a means to test the Bible.

The first test is the Internal Test. The internal test wants us to answer the question, What do the writers say about their work. Do they say, it's my best thinking or do they say that it comes as the word of God.

Let’s start with what Jesus had to say. In Matthew 5:17-18. 17Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.

Jesus says to believe Moses and the Prophets. That is a huge part of the Old Testament. I know people who want to say, Well, that is in the Old Testament, we don’t know how accurate that is so don’t worry about it—it could have errors. But Jesus is saying believe it.

By the time Jesus lived he would have had access to a version of the Old Testament. He referred to stories like Jonah and the whale. He talked about Abraham, Moses and Elijah. He could have said those are folklore, fables or fairy tales but he didn’t, he spoke of them and affirmed them. If Jesus believed them and I believe in Jesus I choose to believe them.

Here’s what the apostle Peter has to say about his letter 2 Peter 1:16, For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes.

An eye-witness, first hand, account is the strongest evidence in a court of law. These are just a few of the many accounts where the authors of scripture clearly say, I believe I'm writing what God has given me and what I've personally experienced. I believe the Bible passes the Internal Test.

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