Even 2000 years ago there were those who declared portions of God’s law shouldn’t be taken literally. They were the counterparts to today’s Liberal Protestants and the Roman Catholic Church. Who were they? Why they were the infamous Sadducees!
They ran things in the Temple. They were the money changers, wealthy and corrupt. They outwardly hated the Romans but secretly cut deals with them. They had a low view of the Hebrew Bible accepting only the parts of it they watered down. They questioned or rejected the writings of the prophets. They had a secret admiration for Greek philosophy. In short they were the rationalist, liberal theologians of their day. They didn’t believe in miracles, the virgin birth, the Christ’s resurrection, nor in angels, the Holy Spirit, or Hell. Like Roman Catholics they added to and ignored God’s word and put onerous rules and regulations on the common people that only put distance between them and God.
Like the Sadducees these modern day Pseudo Christians, teach that the bible is filled with myths. They deny the infallibility of scripture and in effect undercut the authority of the Gospel they say they believe. Some reject that Hell is eternal. Some believe in a purgatory and that praying for them and paying money to the church will free their dead friends and family members there. Some think no one will go to such a place. They promote universalism believing there are many ways to paradise which leads to things like abortion and homosexuality.
Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, despised and condemned them then as He will do to all like them now. Don’t be caught dead siding or following anyone who calls or implies that God is a liar or believing their answer to the question: “Should we take the Holy Bible literally?”
Below are a few of the dominate criticisms to the word of God with all responses from Dr. Curt D. Daniel, pastor of Faith Bible Church, of Springfield, Illinois, faithbibleonline.net
“The Bible contains many errors. It is neither infallible nor inerrant.” But: Jesus said, “Thy Word is truth” (John 17:17) and “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). The Bible testifies of its own essential truth. “The sum of Thy Word is truth” (Psa. 119:160). “Thou art God and Thy Words are truth” (2 Sam. 7:28). It is the Word of “God who cannot lie” (Tit. 1:2). Every Word of God is pure (Psa. 12:6), and “Thy Word is very pure” (Psa. 119:140). It is “the Word of truth” (Psa. 119:43; 2 Cor. 6:7; 2 Tim. 2:15). “Thy Word is true from the beginning”, that is, from eternity (Psa. 119:160). It is purer than refined gold (Psa. 18:30, 19:8, 10; 2 Sam. 22:31). God says of His Bible, “These words are faithful and true” (Rev. 21:5). It is infallible and inerrant in all areas, earthly as well as spiritual (John 3:12). To deny the inherent truth and inerrancy of Scripture is to call God a liar (I John 5:12). Those who do are the liars.
“The Bible contradicts itself.” But: Truth never contradicts truth. There are many paradoxes and mysteries in Scripture (e.g., Mark 8:35; John 11:25-26), but not a single contradiction, either in doctrine, history or principle. God is a God of order, not confusion (I Cor. 14:33). Contradiction is confusion. Liberals are in mental confusion because they contradict Scripture and imagine contradictions in the Bible.
“The Bible contains myths, sagas, legends and fairy tales. We need to de-mythologize the Bible”. But Christianity would be the true religion even if all of its teachings were non-historical myths.” But: This is the very heart of Liberalism, what Gordon Clark exposed as “doctrine without facts.” Scripture itself warns against myths (I
Tim. 1:4, 4:7; Tit. 1:14; 2 Pet. 1:16). Scripture contains no myths or other such lore. It is all historically true. If it were not, then we would be hopelessly lost in our sins (I Cor. 15). Liberalism is the real mythology and we need to remove it from us.
“The Bible is a collection of old campfire stories told by old Jewish nomads,- retold and reshaped for centuries until someone wrote them down in a form vaguely resembling the original story.” But: The Bible nowhere teaches such nonsense. It is a total fabrication and romantic skepticism. The idea of “campfire stories” is that of myths and legends. Scripture also warns against “old wives’ tales” (I Tim. 4:7) – the gender equivalent of old men’s campfire stories. Instead, God spoke through dreams, visions and even angels (Heb. 1:1-2), not through the superstitious ramblings of desert nomads. By contrast, Liberal theories closely resemble those tall tales.
“The use of the Bible as the final authority is bibliolatry (book-worship).” But: All theories are to be tested by Scripture and Scripture alone (I Thess. 5:21). The Bereans were commended for this (Acts 17:11). Jesus Himself appealed to the Bible as the final authority of truth (Matt 4, 22:29; John 10:35). There is no higher authority than God. Since Scripture is the Word of God, it alone is the highest authority to which we can appeal. “Thus saith the Lord” and “It is written” settle a matter. The Bible is no “paper pope”, as Liberals scoff. It is the Word of God.
“The Bible contains the Word of God, but is not the Word of God itself.” But: This is not taught in the Bible. The Bible says that it is the Word of God, not merely contains it. A cup can contain coffee without being coffee. The very nature of Scripture is that it is the very Word of God, not the word of Man (cf. I Thess. 2:13).
“The Bible becomes the Word of God when we believe it.” But: Scripture does not say that it “becomes” the Word of God. It is already the Word of God whether anyone believes in it or not. We merely need faith and illumination to believe what it already is (cf. Rom. 10:17; Eph. 1:17-18). But our faith cannot make it what it is not already by nature.
“The Bible bears witness to the Word of God, but is not the Word of God itself.” But: This too is not what Scripture says about itself. The Bible is God’s Word! Liberals often say that God’s “saving acts in history” are alone the Word-of God, to which the Bible witnesses. It is correct that in these special acts and miracles, God communicates to Man. But they are not verbal communication. Scripture alone is the verbal Word of God and takes precedence even over miracles (Luke 16:31).
“Jesus, not the Bible, is the Word of God.” But: It is not a matter of either/or but both/and: Jesus is the personal, incarnate Word of God (John 1:1, 14; Rev. 19:13). But Jesus Himself also referred to the Bible as the Word of God (Matt. 4:4; John 10:35, 17:17). Jesus testified to Scripture, and in turn Scripture testifies to Jesus (Luke 24:44, 46; Acts 10:43; John 5:46). Liberals would reject both testimonies.
“The Bible is ‘a Word of God’ together with preaching.” But: Only the inspired preaching of the prophets and apostles could ever be considered ‘a Word of God’ comparable to Scripture, and even then they based their preaching on special divine revelation. We do not receive this direct divine revelation any more (cf. Heb. 1:1-2), and so our preaching is qualitatively different from Scripture. It is used by God only insofar as it is faithful to the message of Scripture. Liberal preaching is not even that.