Why Trust The Bible Pamphlet
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Why Trust the Bible Pamphlet answers 6 questions brought up by recent books and TV shows about the reliability of the Bible, including "Was the Bible changed?" Or "Was the Bible edited?" Or "Are there thousands of Bible errors?"
The Bible can be trusted.
People who have been influenced by skeptics such as Dan Brown and his bestseller, The DaVinci Code, or Dr. Bart Ehrman's book Misquoting Jesus, will find convincing answers in this booklet Why Trust the Bible. The Bible text has not been "changed with reckless abandon." And the Bible is not full of errors as some claim.
The bestselling Why Trust the Bible reassures Christians about the reliability of the Bible. Dr. Timothy Paul Jones examines six claims, and shows what logic and history actually tell us.
Why Trust the Bible Gives a Critique of Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus
- Claim: The Gospels were written long after Jesus lived and were written by people who weren't eyewitnesses.
- Claim: The stories about Jesus' life and death were not handed down reliably and not recorded accurately.
- Claim: The Bible is full of textual errors, as proven by the Dead Sea Scrolls.
- Claim: The New Testament wasn't finalized until hundreds of years after Jesus and his disciples, so there could have been many other "gospels" accepted and later rejected, in addition to the four Gospels found in the Bible today.
- Claim: The originals of the Bible are lost; therefore, we have no way of knowing what it actually said.
- Claim: The Bible was edited by scribes or powerful people who had an "agenda" and changed many teachings.
Jones shows that the biblical story and text were passed down with amazing reliability. And the Bible was hand copied for centuries with remarkable accuracy.
Full color and glossy, the 12-page Why Trust the Bible booklet is an excellent curriculum for adult Sunday school classes, Bible studies, and church small groups. Author Timothy Paul Jones is a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. For pastors and academics, this booklet has extensive end notes for those who want to go deeper.
Size: 8.5"x 5.5" unfolds to 33" long. 12 pages. Fits inside most Bible covers.
Why Trust the Bible Pamphlet equips believers to defend assaults against the Bible and to defend the faith. A time line reveals the development of key writings, the emergence of the biblical canon, and more. This great reference tool proves that the Bible can be trusted!
Author Timothy Paul Jones, Ed.D., states without a doubt, "The Bible can be trusted."
Why Trust the Bible Answers the Skeptics
Dr. Timothy Paul Jones Gives Reasons You Can Trust the Bible
- Reveals the errors in the critics' logic and facts
- Uses helpful charts, timelines, and explanations
- Shows historical facts about the Gospel writers
About the Author: Dr. Timothy Paul Jones
Timothy Paul Jones serves as a professor of Christian ministry and as associate vice president at the Southern Baptist Theological seminary, where he teaches courses in applied apologetics and family ministry.
Before teaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he led churches in Missouri and Oklahoma as pastor and associate pastor. Dr. Jones has authored or contributed to more than a dozen books, including PROOF; Conspiracies and the Cross; and, Christian History Made Easy. In 2007, Charles Colson listed him as one of “four names you need to know” when responding to the new atheists and in 2010, Christian Retailing magazine selected Christian History Made Easy as the book of the year in the field of Christian education.
He is married to Rayann and they have three daughters. The Jones family works in SojournKids and community group ministry at Sojourn Community Church.
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by Belinda Tutton
| Why Trust the Bible?
this pamphlet does a good job at show the validity of the bible. I like how it take the false claims about the scriptures and one by one shine the light on truth. This is very well written and would be great for a bible study for those that have doubts.
by Wayne Davies
| A much needed resources
Attacking the Word of God has been going on for centuries. So it should come as no surprise to 21st century believers that bashing the Bible is a popular pastime in our day. This report does a fine job defending the reliability of Holy Scripture against the attacks of so-called “new critics” such as Bart Ehrman. Dr. Timothy Paul Jones has done a fine job dissecting the false claims made recently about the surviving manuscripts of the Bible. One by one, he refutes these statements with clarity, common sense and historical accuracy. Mr. Jones has done his homework, and he is able to communicate the truth about the Bible’s trustworthiness in an easy-to-understand writing style.
There are many in-depth books on the reliability of Scripture. Evangelicals have done well in this regard. But I like this report because it provides a concise introduction to a subject that can never be written about enough. Sceptics are everywhere, and believers need well-written resources that can be presented to those who doubt that the Bible can be trusted. This report fits the bill perfectly as something to give a friend or co-worker who has been inundated with lies and is therefore in desperate need of the truth.
Believers both young and old would also do well to read this report and benefit from its teachings. Do not let its brevity fool you. It is packed with information that will strengthen your faith in God by strengthening your faith in the reliability of His Word.
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B.V. Henry, Author of "Forsaking All for Christ" Henry
“It is very good to have a material so concise and attractive, easy to handle as folders. Congratulations! I hope that you found a wide audience worldwide to spread this knowledge--- it is worth the effort.” …“amazed by its quality and content. Whereas so much Christian literature is pure entertainment, here we have something didactic presented in an attractive way, rich in spiritual substance.”
Timothy Paul Jones, Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Jones,
The Author Discusses His Personal Journey from Doubt to Faith
An uneven stack of books on the table in front of me tossed
oblong shadows across a tiled floor. The pile included tomes about the
myths of dying deities, textual criticism and the canon of Scripture,
rabbinic Judaism and the history of atheism. During the past month,
while working the lonely five-hour shift before the library closed each
evening, I had struggled through nearly all of these books. With each
page, I seemed to choke on ever-deepening doubts about my faith.
Seven weeks into my first semester of Bible college, I whispered as I
stared at the haphazard stack of books, and I don’t know if I even believe
the Bible anymore. Unable to bear the frustration any longer, I pressed
my face against my fists and wept.
It wasn’t as if my professors were attacking the Bible; they weren’t. But,
with each lecture and reading, my assumptions about the Scriptures—
assumptions that I had held since childhood—had crumbled into
When I took my seat on the first day of New Testament Survey, I had
thought that the Greek and Hebrew texts employed by the translators of
the King James Version had been preserved perfectly from the time of the
apostles until today. As far as I knew, all the most familiar elements of
Christian faith—a dying deity, the resurrection, baptism, the Lord’s
Supper—were unique to Christianity. Until that moment, I may not
always have lived my beliefs, but I had never doubted them.
Now, I knew that the ancient world was filled with stories of sacramental
meals and ceremonial washings, dying deities and resurrected
redeemers. Long before Jesus tumbled into a feed-trough in some
obscure corner of the Roman Empire, the Persians seemed to have
venerated Mithras, a virgin-born deity whose birth was celebrated by
shepherds and wise men. And there were Egyptian divinities, worshiped
thousands of years before Jesus, who were believed to have died and
risen from the dead—Osiris and Adonis, Attis and Horus.
Then, I learned in another class that the original manuscripts of the New
Testament had disintegrated into dust more than a thousand years ago
and that no two remaining copies of these documents were identical.
What’s more, the translators commissioned by King James had relied on
a Greek New Testament that most scholars now recognized as
inadequate—a Greek New Testament that included at least one passage
that a Franciscan friar may have forged for political reasons.
Nothing had prepared me for these revelations—and I knew that no one
in my church or at home was prepared to deal with such doubts either. If
I dared to voice these questions, my words would merely confirm their
suspicion that academic study leads inevitably to disbelief.
Now, seven weeks into my first semester of college, I could no longer
blindly embrace the Bible as divine truth. I needed to know why and
how. Why did so many elements of Christian faith seem to be borrowed
from other religions? Why were there so many differences between
manuscripts of the New Testament? How did scholars know that some
Greek manuscripts were more reliable than others? And, if no one had
possessed a perfect copy of the Greek New Testament for nearly two
millennia, how could my New Testament possibly tell me the truth about
My professors would probably have been glad to help me, but I was too
timid to admit my doubts to them. And, so, I began to read—not casually
flipping through an occasional interesting text, but obsessively
consuming book after book during my late-night shifts as assistant
librarian. By the time I found myself sinking into the couch and crying
out in the shadows of so many conflicting opinions, I had devoured
dozens of volumes from every conceivable perspective—and, still, I didn’t
know what to believe.
So I did the only thing I knew to do.
I kept at it.
I kept reading everything I could find, searching for some distant
glistering of truth. And finally, near the end of my second semester of
college, the clouds of doubt began to clear—not all of them and not all at
once. But, bit by bit, faith reemerged.
It wasn’t the same sort of faith that I had possessed when the semester
began. In truth, my faith had grown in the darkness. Now, it was far
deeper, far richer, and far better equipped to understand what it means
to embrace the Bible as God’s Word. After seven months of seeking truth,
truth finally found me.
Through the writings of C.S. Lewis, I saw that the presence of some
elements of Christian faith in other religions doesn’t mean that
Christianity is false. To the contrary, it means that there is, in every
system of faith and every human heart, a yearning—however vague—for
one true God who enters into death and triumphs over it.
F.F. Bruce’s The Canon of Scripture and The New Testament Documents:
Are They Reliable? convinced me that the authors of the Gospels weren’t
recording mere myths or legends. They were intentionally writing
historical documents. The authors’ purposes, to be sure, were
theological, but their theology was rooted in real events that had
happened in the context of human history.
From the works of Bruce Metzger, especially The Canon of the New
Testament and The Text of the New Testament, I learned how—despite the
hundreds of thousands of variants in the Greek New Testament—it’s
almost always possible to determine the original reading of the text.
What’s more, I learned that none of these points of textual uncertainty
undermines any crucial element of Christian faith.
And, still, I clearly recall the aching emptiness that knotted my stomach
during those months of doubt. I remember the frustration I felt when I
realized the answers I heard in church simply weren’t enough. Most of
all, I will never forget the joy that surged in my soul as a pattern of
thoughtful trust replaced the blind faith that I had embraced for far too
That’s why I’m passionate about what I’ve written in this book—because I
know that blind faith isn’t enough. I remember the joy of moving from
blind faith to thoughtful trust, and I want you to experience that joy too.