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You need to deal with them on a case by case basis. For one, it is helpful to understand that all claims of authorship are always uncertain, even and especially those made by textual critics. As Christians we accept a tradition about who wrote the books along with whatever authorship may be claimed therein. In the case of the Gospel writers, we can take ...


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If I may, here is my idea of the scientific view: yes, it can. If you look for arguments against Christianity, thinking that you may find some, but you don't find any, this is evidence in favor of Christianity. Evidence, you see, is all about correlation. Whether or not your shoes are untied is strongly correlated to whether or not they appear to be untied. ...


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It's important to understand something about the origins of the Bible. The authors of the various books within it did not sit down to write "The Bible". They intended to write stuff that would be helpful to other people for various reasons: in the case of the Gospels, so people would know the true story of Jesus' life and teachings, and for the letters to ...


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The revelation of scripture which describes God as existing as one being, with three distinct persons, does not hinge on any particular verse, but is gradually revealed from Genesis to Revelation.  If 1 John was removed from the Bible it would have no impact on the concept of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as three distinct persons of the only God. The ...


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This is an English translation of the Decretum Gelasianum de Libris Recipendis et Non Recipiendts. The Decretum Gelasianum was issued by Pope Gelasius [Pope of Rome 492-96]. One of the apocryphum mentioned is "the Gospel in the name of Barnabas". Now, the document floating around in the present day is probably a 16th century writing, just based on content ...


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The clearest statements I know of are its exclusion from the N.T. That alone suggests that it was either not present at the time the N.T. was codified or that, if it was present (doubtful as there are no references to it prior to the Renaissance), then it was not viewed as having a substantial claim as being Apostolic. At a minimun, however, the very fact ...


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Since you didn't specify which perspective you're looking for (other than the view of skeptics, which is off-topic considering this site is meant to cover what Christian groups teach), I'm going to provide an answer from a Fundamentalist view - one that holds Scripture to be inspired, inerrant, and infallible. Before doing so, I need to point out, however, ...


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The danger with this is that there may be teachings in there that don't correspond with other parts of the New Testament. If there are new doctrines introduced in text that is not found in all versions of the original manuscripts, then we have to be careful about completely basing our faith off of these doctrines. In regard to this specific passage, ...


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The discovery of ancient manuscripts that had been lost for centuries presents a puzzle. We can compare manuscripts and use the tools of textual criticism to make a best-guess effort to recover the original text, but ultimately we can't be 100% certain about its exact words. The question of the Bible's reliability is related to the issue of biblical ...


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Both Christians as well as Muslims scholars, for genuinely valid reasons have already rejected the gospel of Barnabas as forgery. Here are a few of these reasons: According to this book, Barnabas was one of Jesus’ original twelve apostles which is not so. Barnabas as an apostle came after the original twelve, and was a fellow missionary with the apostle ...


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It's in the Babylonian Talmud. Torah comprises the Pentateuch in the main, but also the rest of the OT, as well as the commentaries, ie Talmud. See also: Who were Jannes and Jambres?


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It doesn't affect it at all. Inerrancy and infallibility are only attributed to the original autographs. It's not applied to translations, copies (even early ones) or modern versions. If it were applicable to translations then we'd have a bigger problem in the Wicked Bible. The belief that we can't reproduce an original autograph doesn't mean there was no ...


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For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV) I think it is important to remember that the Bible is revelation not dictation, it is only by looking "through" scripture, per se, that we start to see God revealed. This is partly why the ...


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Simple Answer Yes It is how Lee Strobel and Josh McDowell came to Christ You can read their books it is very good at explaining their story A case for Christ and Evidence that demands a verdict They both where skeptics who did not believe in Christianity, but they investigated the evidence and found out that Christianity has a lot going for it.


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According to 2 Timothy 3:16, all scripture is God-breathed, meaning that God is the sole initiator, inspiration and driving force behind it. Therefore, either we believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, or our faith has no basis. No verses have yet been added or removed that change the meaning of the text; whether or not it falls under the ...


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Addition of Mark 16.9 to 16.20, do not in any way lead to any new twist to the event of Resurrection in Bible vis-a vis its depiction in other Gospels. This applies to all other citations in the question also All these citations do not change or contradict any belief within Bible. We could have argued against these additions, had it been something ...


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I am going to answer as a layman, from my own experience, as I truly have little knowledge of how our Bible came about and the subject has still never peaked my interest enough for me to learn. What I can say is that I am absolutely certain that the Bible is our only infallible guide in matters of religion and alone can be trusted. Here are my personal ...


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Differing Conclusions It is believed both that John did not write John AND that John did write John. There are people on both sides of the issue (as well as Matthew and Isaiah). Both sides point to evidence for their claims and strongly defend their positions. The distinction typically lies in a person's view of Scripture and not with the evidence. ...


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Should Christians seek out information that is antithetical to their faith? Yes. But sometimes it's painful information. Here's one example. The Barna Group is widely considered to be the leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture. Their surveys are quoted in various opinion pieces. Here's one of the more recent ...


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If you seek out knowledge that doesn't agree with what you believe, without having a sufficiently strong understanding of the foundations for your beliefs, then it would be easy to be led astray, as other beliefs also have some backing, otherwise they wouldn't be believed. Also, you need to be careful about what evidence you are considering, as it is easy ...


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I second that one...something tells me the answer has something to do with Faith...here's a link to what I found that helped me (in my blog): Religion is never the sort of thing you can narrow down by arguments, that's why it's based on Faith... You'll have about as much luck proving that your wife loves you by arguments and logic as you will proving that ...



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