Unpopular Bible Doctrines #7: God Condemns Astrology, Witchcraft, & Sin; No Women Pastors Allowed

Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas/ Christian Debater (YouTube channel CANSWERSTV at http://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV); websites: http://www.BibleQuery.org, http://www.HistoryCart.com & http://www.MuslimHope.com) is joined by author & speaker Bob L. Ross of Pilgrim Publications, one of the world’s leading publishers of the works of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (http://www.PilgrimPublications.com) for this presentation. To see the entire series of “Unpopular Bible Doctrines” shows online please go to our playlist “Dealing with Hell, Lake of Fire, Unpopular Bible Doctrines” at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE04A1D0DFE95B95E.

There are many Bible doctrines that pastors & teachers rarely if ever talk about because of their unpopularity which then causes them to have a deep fear of rejection by their listeners (which could also cause a drop in donations to their ministries). “Politically correct” theology many times replaces straightforward Bible teaching that may “rock the boat” in many congregations. Pastors & teachers many times will “avoid” plain Bible teachings to avoid “problems” that these teachings might cause. However, Larry Wessels & Bob Ross are not concerned with this as the truth of God’s word (Acts 20:27) is more important than only prophesying doctrines that people are comfortable with (Isaiah 30:9-11).

Topics for show #7: Unpopular Bible Doctrine #37 (recap): Astrology, witchcraft & other occult arts are condemned by God – Isaiah 47:12-15, #38: God’s doctrine of SIN is condemned by unrepentant sinners (stating the obvious) – John 3:4, #39: God does not condone or ordain the placement of women pastors within the Christian church, 1 Timothy 2:8-15, #40: God calls down terrible judgments & disasters – Genesis 6-7, #41: God mocks & insults false religion in a politically incorrect way – Ezekiel 33:8-9.

This series is designed to educate viewers about the big difference between what God is perceived to be in popular culture & what the Bible actually says about the Living God Who is, in fact, really there.


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    I have been asked about great preachers to listen to or read . Here are my recommendations of which all can be found at http://www.sermonaudio.com/ (Larry Wessels, director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas speaking, YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/CAnswersTV):
    Charles Haddon Spurgeon (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=C._H._Spurgeon),
    John Bunyan (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John_Bunyan),
    A.W. Pink (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=A._W._Pink),
    Martyn Lloyd-Jones (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Martyn_Lloyd-Jones),
    John Calvin (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John_Calvin),
    George Whitefield (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=George_Whitefield),
    Jonathan Edwards ( http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Jonathan_Edwards),
    Richard Baxter (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Richard_Baxter),
    Isaac Ambrose (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Isaac_Ambrose),
    Stephen Charnock (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Stephen_Charnock),
    Cotton Mather (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Cotton_Mather),
    John Knox (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John_Knox),
    John Foxe (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John_Foxe),
    Martin Luther (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Martin_Luther),
    John Owen (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John_Owen),
    John Gill (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John_Gill),
    Augustus Montague Toplady (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Augustus_Toplady)
    Present day preachers:
    John MacArthur (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Pastor_John_MacArthur),
    Phil Johnson (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Phil_Johnson),
    Ian Brown (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Rev_Ian_Brown),
    James White (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Dr._James_White),
    R.C. Sproul (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Dr._R._C._Sproul),
    Albert Mohler, Jr. (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Dr._R._Albert_Mohler,_Jr.),
    Voddie Baucham (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Voddie_Baucham),
    John Reisinger (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John_Reisinger),
    Paul Washer (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Paul_Washer),
    Matthew McMahon (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Matthew_McMahon)
    Sinclair Ferguson (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Dr._Sinclair_B._Ferguson),
    Tom Nettles (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Professor_Tom_Nettles),
    Iain Murray (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?currpage=1&keyword=Pastor%5FIain%5FMurray&SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&AudioOnly=false&sortby=added)
    Curt Daniel (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?currpage=1&keyword=Dr%2E%5FCurt%5FD%2E%5FDaniel&SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&AudioOnly=false&sortby=added).
    For in depth church history/ historical theology lectures hear William Cunningham (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=William_Cunningham).
    For a Biblical refutation of the heretical Word-Faith Movement of the phony TV preachers, the fraudulent modern day tales of trips to heaven & hell, & the spiritual delusion of the Charismatic & Pentecostal movement hear Justin Peters (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Justin_Peters).
    For Biblical creation lectures contrasted to Darwin's metaphysical theory of evolution hear Ken Ham (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Ken_Ham).
    For the most famous sermon ever preached on North American soil hear Jonathan's Edward's "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" ( http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=11140523305).
    Death can come suddenly & unexpectedly. Hear deathbed testimonies of the damned during their last days, hours & moments before going into eternity: "Horrifying & Terrifying Death Bed Scenes Of Atheists, Apostates & Reprobates" (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?keyword=horrifying&selectsearch=).
    For deception in the news media hear Peter Hammond (http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=5131365140).
    For the importance of the local church fellowship hear Mark Dever – which includes a free transcript (http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=912071916550).
    Sermon Audio featured a talk in their "Staff Picks" section of a French lady who gave her testimony about coming to faith in Christ through watching our "CAnswersTV" YouTube videos there in France – "Testimony: Camille Jolly" (http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=6414192554).
    Hear my own pastor Greg Van Court (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Greg_Van_Court) who took the place of my original pastor for 30 years Jackson Boyett who was called home to be with the Lord (hear Pastor Boyett at http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Jackson_Boyett).
    There are many other great preachers listed in the "Classic Speakers" & "Reformers & Puritans" section found in the "Sermons by Speaker" section of http://www.sermonaudio.com/. I hope that this list of outstanding Christian preachers may be of help to you in your Christian walk. 2 Timothy 4:2-5, " Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
    3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
    4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
    5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry."

  4. CAnswersTV says:

    "Evangelical" Christianity (see our video "ECUMENICAL CHAOS: Going to Bed With Roman Catholic False Prophets & Idolaters" at

    ) is awash in bad theology (via Wesley & Finney), bad leadership (like Billy Graham & TBN), & Biblical ignorance (87% don't know the Gospel or what justificaton is) thus it seems to accept anyone who claims to be a Christian (like Romanists, Mormons, Seventh-day Adventists or whoever). For proof of this see the following: "Methodist Founder & Self Proclaimed Heathen John Wesley Said He Never Believed In or Loved God" (short version) at



    , "Exclusive Interview with Dave Hunt about the Gospel-less Mother Teresa & Compromiser Billy Graham" at

    , Our playlist "Dealing with Phony TV Preachers (TBN) & King James Onlyites" at


    . See our playlist "Dealing with Roman Catholicism, Idolatry & the Virgin Mary" with 119 videos at

    , our playlist "Dealing with Mormonism, the Religion of Mitt Romney & Utah" with 20 videos at

    & our playlist "Dealing with Seventh-day Adventism & Their "Prophetess" at

    with 23 videos. Billy Graham's false views on universal salvation & hell distort the Gospel message & is another reason he is so popular with the world (Galatians 1:6-10, see our playlist "Dealing with Hell, Lake of Fire, Unpopular Bible Doctrines" with 30 videos at

    ). Please reference the websites: http://www.BereanBeacon.org & http://www.CWRC-RZ.org. The simple Biblical fact is that few are going to be saved from the wrath of God & hell (Luke 13:23-30, Matthew 7:13-29, etc.); see our video on this: "Unpopular Bible Doctrines #2: Many "Christians" Are Not Real; God Loves Judgment; No Forgiveness" at

    . All the ecumenical "love" & "harmony" in the world is not going to change the fact that God still hates false religions (Deuteronomy 28:64, 32:17, 21, Leviticus 17:7, Psalm 106:37, Jeremiah 44:3, 1 Corinthians 10:20, see also http://biblehub.com/deuteronomy/32-17.htm) & false doctrine (Revelation 2:6,14-15, 2 Peter 2:15, etc.). Thus following the Bible alone is the only safe path to travel (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 4:2-5, 1 Timothy 1:3-11, 6:3-5, etc.; see our video "WITHOUT "SOLA SCRIPTURA" (THE BIBLE ALONE), WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?" at

    ). 2 Timothy 2:15  

  5. CAnswersTV says:

    Death can come suddenly & unexpectedly. Hear deathbed testimonies of the damned during their last days, hours & moments before going into eternity: "Horrifying & Terrifying Death Bed Scenes Of Atheists, Apostates & Reprobates (1/3)" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=731131047310, "Horrifying & Terrifying Death Bed Scenes Of Atheists, Apostates & Reprobates (2/3)" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=731131111372, "Horrifying & Terrifying Death Bed Scenes Of Atheists, Apostates & Reprobates (3/3)" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=731131132150, "Death-Bed of a Free-Thinker, Exemplified in the Last Hours of Hon. Francis Newport" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=72913130359, "Death-Bed Scenes, Death-Bed Repentance Rarely Occurs, As Men Live, So Do Men Die #1" at
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=927131122460, "Death-Bed Scenes, Death-Bed Repentance Rarely Occurs, As Men Live, So Do Men Die #2" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=927131158132;
    "Dying Testimonies Of The Unsaved, The Awful Death Of An Infidel Son Who Hated Jesus" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=104131120148, & although this next recording is not an actual deathbed testimonial it is highly informative concerning Judas & other reprobates, "The Repentance of Judas, or, the Lamentable Effects of a Startled Conscience" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=310141542316. Listeners will notice numerous similar patterns among the final words & actions of the damned. Many seem to sense the flames of hell & the presence of demonic entities before death overtakes them. An excellent Biblical analysis of eternal punishment in hell & the lake of fire is given by the outstanding theologian A.W. Pink – "Eternal Punishment, part 1" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607145320 & "Eternal Punishment, part 2" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sid=12607143539 where he at the same time refutes the arguments of universalists, annihilationists & heretics who say God is "all loving" & would not torment the wicked forever while they ignore the fact that God hates the wicked (Psalm 5:4-6, 11:5, Hosea 9:15, etc.; see our video "The God of the Bible Does Not Love Everybody But Actually Hates Many Instead (Romans 9:22)" at

    ). Hear also Charles Haddon Spurgeon on this subject in his sermon "The Sinner's End, Hell Opens Wide Her Jaws, the Sinner Falls To Destruction" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1014131452290 & Jonathan Edward's famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=113003134610. Besides all this readers can click on our playlist "Dealing with Hell, Lake of Fire, Unpopular Bible Doctrines" with 30 videos & 31 hours of teaching material at

    Don't depend on a last second deathbed conversion to save you from the wrath of a holy God. Come to the Biblical Jesus Christ today for salvation in repentance & faith (2 Corinthians 6:2, "behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation; Acts 16:31, "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved;" Mark 1:15, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel;" 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, "Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures," Revelation 1:8, Jesus is the "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.", Revelation 1:18, Jesus says "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." Becoming a true Christian is not easy therefore count the cost. Becoming a true Christian is not saying a quick prayer & thinking you're okay. Becoming a true Christian is not getting water baptized as a baby or as an adult (see our video "IS WATER BAPTISM NECESSARY TO ESCAPE HELL & BE SAVED & ARE YOU "BORN AGAIN" (JOHN 3:3-8) BY IT?" at

    . You must be supernaturally "born again" by a sovereign act of God through the power of the Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13, 3:3-8; Titus 3:5-7; John 6:37, 39, 44, 63, 65; Ephesians 3:16-21; Romans 8:1-17; 1 Corinthians 2:10-16; Luke 14:26-35, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Luke 6:46, Jesus said, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"  Becoming a true Christian will change your life forever in this life & the next (2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."). Beg God to save you since you cannot get into heaven by your own righteousness & good works (Ephesians 2:8-10, "8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."). Keep begging God for salvation through Jesus Christ until the day comes that He grants your request (Acts 13:48, "Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed." & 2 Timothy 2:25-26, "24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will."). When you are supernaturally regenerated by the Holy Spirit you will know it & suddenly have the power to repent of your evil ways & for the first time you will actually love God more than your own life knowing that nothing in creation is more important than God alone. You will then spend the rest of eternity loving, serving & praising God for He is worthy. John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." See our video "IS JESUS GOD ALMIGHTY IN THE FLESH MEANING THE SECOND PERSON OF THE TRINITY OR IS HE SOMETHING ELSE?" at

  6. CAnswersTV says:

    Hear "Why You Can Believe The Bible" by Voddie Baucham at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91314616480 & Dr. James White concerning "Can I Trust My Bible?" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?seriesOnly=true&currSection=sermonstopic&sourceid=immanuelbc&keyword=Can+I+Trust+My+Bible%3F&keyworddesc=Can+I+Trust+My+Bible%3F which includes "Textual Criticism: Reliability, Answering Critics, Bible Versions & Sufficiency of Scripture."
    How Do We Know the Bible is True? Is it Really the Word of God? Many critics of Christianity attack the Bible’s truthfulness.  Many don’t believe it because they say it was written by man.  Is the Bible really God speaking to man?  Is the Bible of human origin or a direct revelation from God? The Bible The word Bible is from the root word “biblios” which is Greek for “little books.“  The Bible contains 66 books and was written by 40 authors.  The books you see in most Bibles have been tried and tested and were generally accepted by the early church.  For centuries the Bible was not available to the general public due to their being only hand-copied ones available.  The Bible has been banned from many nations, it has been burned by others, it has been declared out of date by moderns, but it has brought salvation to untold millions.  It is the unbridled truth and the unchangeable Word of God that changes those who read it.  When people read it, it reads them too!  It comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.  What follows is conclusive evidence that we can believe that the Bible is God speaking to us and not just the words of men. Thus Says the Lord or Thus Says Man?
    If the Bible were indeed a work of man, then we would expect some of the words to say, “thus says the prophet Jeremiah” or “thus says Peter an Apostle of God” but it doesn’t.  From what I could count, “Thus says the Lord” is recorded 418 times.  If it were of human origin, then we would read somewhere that the Bible or the message came from a certain author but we never see that anywhere.  On the contrary, we read over 1,000 times where “Jesus said” and “Thus says the Lord” were written down.  In fact, even the Book of Revelation is not called John’s Book of Revelation at all.  In Revelation 1:1-2 we see where the words of this book came from: “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.  He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John.” So John was just the recipient of the book as he just wrote down what he was told.  Paul said, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16).   Paul clearly said that all Scripture is God-breathed…not just the New Testament or the Old Testament, but all Scripture.  Peter reiterates it by writing, “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet 1:21).  Peter would tell you that “you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation” (2 Pet 1:20).
    God gives a very serious warning to anyone who takes away or adds to any of the words in the Bible, indicating that only He gives the words of this book and no human had better tamper with it.  In Revelation 22:19 God warns that if anyone adds to or takes away any of the words of the Bible, He “…shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city (heaven or the new Jerusalem)”. This same warning is given in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 4:2.

    Alleged Errors in Transcribing
    When the Word of God was reproduced to make another copy, well before the printing press was invented, there were 70 scribes that worked on it with expert precision second to none.  Imagine that each of the scribes had the other sixty-nine scribes check their writings for error. Each of these seventy scribes reviewed each other’s work and every written copy, letter by letter, line by line, book by book were examined meticulously.  If any errors were found, the started all over again on that particular book or page.  Imagine you’re one of the scribes and you have just finished a section.   Now the other sixty-nine scribes check your work and compare it to the original.  The amazing fact is that their methods resulted in such an accurate reproduction of scripture that only one error for every fifteen hundred words occurred and these errors were so slight that they never affected the content. This copying left absolutely no room for any private interpretation or mistranslation at all.  By modern standards, the accuracy rate is superior to that of Microsoft’s Spelling and Grammar Check, which by the way is not perfect.  When you consider the stringent guidelines and conditions, no one can dispute that the translation differences had any negative effect on the message of the Bible or its general context.
    Manuscript Evidence
    New Testament manuscripts have been preserved by the thousands and the fact is that no other ancient works in human history have such enormous documented and recorded histories as does the Bible.  There are about 6,000 complete or fragmented Greek manuscripts, 10,000 Latin manuscripts and over 9,000 manuscripts in various other ancient languages.  The dates of these manuscripts range from the 2nd century up to the invention of the printing press in the 15th century. Nearly ever year there are more New Testament manuscripts discovered that were handwritten in the original Greek format which continues to add to the enormous collection already on hand.  In 2008, 47 new Greek manuscripts were discovered in Albania.  Of these, 17 of them were unknown to Western scholars.
    The fact is that the amount of manuscript evidence is astounding.  There are over 25,000 New Testament manuscripts of which 5,000 of these date from the first century. What that translates into for Historians is what is called a primary source.  A primary source is a source that comes from eye witnesses.  The nearly 6,000 Dead Sea Scrolls are so close in agreement, contextually, that there is only 0.01% in differences and the main differences are only in the differentiation of vowels.  In no way do these miniscule differences affect the text or the context.
    One of the greatest supportive facts is that the evidence verifies the dating of Matthew’s Gospel as far back as A.D. 60.  Scholars argue that Mark wrote the first Gospel.  This places the composition of Mark to within 20 years of the events that took place and were recorded in his Gospel. With the evidence that the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and Luke’s second volume, Acts, were written so close to the time of the crucifixion, the record of the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection makes these facts indisputable.  Luke and Acts was originally one book but was later separated into two books for the reader’s convenience but the content never changed.  The fact that they were written within the lifetimes of those who were eyewitnesses is evidence strong enough to hold up in a court of law.  Since the Old and New Testament manuscripts have been preserved by the thousands and there are no other ancient works in human history to compare to it, what we have today in the Bible is as a reliable source as any current historical account or newspaper printed today.  The Bible is the Word of God, as men were moved by the Holy Spirit to write it.  It is God speaking to us and it is without error and full of truth.

    If God has revealed Himself in propositional form, that revelation would have certain properties due to His infinite knowledge and moral perfection:
    It would be entirely true – His infinite knowledge would prevent errors and His truthfulness would keep Him from deception.
    It would be a coherent unity, therefore not self- contradictory.
    It would contain God's will for man, and provide the motivation to live according to that will (1).
    God has revealed Himself in the Bible without error. The Bible itself claims this inerrancy (2 Timothy 3:16-17 (2); Matthew 5:18 (3); etc.). Let's look at some of the proofs for the Bible's claim to be the infallible word of God.
    Archaeological evidence
    The first proof we have testifying to the reliability of the Bible is the archaeological evidence. Nelson Glueck, a respected Jewish archaeologist claims: "It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever contradicted a biblical reference." (4) The liberals made wild claims against the Bible a hundred years ago but now they are silent. This is not true of other religions. The Mormon claim for inspiration of the Book of Mormon has been categorically condemned by the Smithsonian Institute because of the fallacies shown by archaeology; this is not so with the Bible. A.N. Sherwin-White, a respected classical historian at Oxford says, "For Acts the confirmation of historicity is overwhelming…", although, not being a Christian, he still regarded it as being "propaganda."(5)
    Historicity of Jesus
    A case in point is the historicity of Jesus. Although many atheists state that Jesus never lived, He is mentioned by many contemporary, non-Christian historians. Let us look at the evidence.
    Flavius Josephus, a first century Jewish historian wrote of Jesus and the Christians:
    "so he [Ananus, son of Ananus the high priest] assembled the sanhedrin of judges, and brought before him the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others (or some of his companions) and when he had formed an accusation against them, he delivered them to be stoned." (6)
    Other Jewish rabbinical writings, including Rabbi Eliezer and writers of the Talmud, talk about Jesus and his miracles. Surprisingly to many atheists, they never denied that miracles took place, but attempted to explain them as a result of evil (7). More information about Jesus in the Talmud can be found at Jesus Christ In The Talmud.
    Cornelius Tacitus wrote about Jesus and the first century Christians in his Annals (a history of the Roman empire):
    "Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus." (8)
    Thallus, a Samaritan historian, wrote ca. 52 A.D. attempting to give a natural explanation for the earthquake and darkness which occurred at the crucifixion of Jesus. Mara Bar-Seraphon wrote a letter to his son in 73 A.D. which tells of the deaths of Socrates, Pythagoras, and of Jesus, "What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise king?…Nor did the wise king die for good; he lived on in the teaching which he had given." Jesus is also mentioned by Phlegon, a first-century historian, Lucian of Samosata (in The Passing Peregrinus), and Plinius Secundus, (Pliny the Younger).
    Scholars have made statements such as, "no serious scholar has ventured to postulate the non-historicity of Jesus ." (9) The latest version of Encyclopedia Britannica says in its discussion of the multiple extra-biblical witnesses:
    "These independent accounts prove that in ancient times even the opponents of Christianity never doubted the historicity of Jesus, which was disputed for the first time and on inadequate grounds by several authors at the end of the 18th, during the 19th, and at the beginning of the 20th centuries." (10)
    Even the atheist H. G. Wells spoke of Jesus, "…one is obliged to say, "Here was a man. This part of the tale could not have been invented." (11)
    Scientific evidence
    Recent scientific evidence is adding to the evidence supporting the reliability of biblical chronology from the scriptures. This study demonstrated the reliability of the Biblical record regarding the Egyptian plagues and demise of Jericho.
    Drs. Hendrik J. Bruins and Johannes van der Plicht reported in the prestigious British journal, Nature (12), that the destruction of Jericho was dated to 1580 (+/- 13 years) B.C. (using 14C dating). This date is significant, since several archeologists have insisted that Jericho was destroyed by the Egyptians between 1550 and 1300 B.C. The recent study discredits the Egyptian theory, since the date is much too old.
    What is even more exciting is that scientists, using 14C dating and tree rings, have found evidence of a volcanic eruption from the Aegean island of Thera, which recently has been dated to 1628 B.C. (13). This would place the eruption at 45 years prior to the destruction of Jericho, at a time which coincidentally corresponds to the time of the plagues the Lord unleashed upon Egypt. Check out Exodus 10:
    Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt." So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. (Exodus 10:21-22)
    Even the researchers commented that the 45 years difference in events was "rather striking."
    The Bible's Uniqueness and Unity
    The next proof is the Bible's uniqueness and unity. The Bible was written by over 40 authors who came from just about every walk of life conceivable, including fisherman, kings, a butler, priests, and a tax collector. The 66 books of the Bible were written over a 1,500 year span in three languages on three continents with one theme and no contradictions. C.J. Sharp captures this miracle well:
    "If a fragment of stone were found in Italy, another in Asia Minor, another in Greece, another in Egypt, and on and on until sixty-six fragments had been found, and if when put together they fitted perfectly together, making a perfect statue of Venus de Milo, there is not an artist or scientist but would arrive immediately at the conclusion that there was originally a sculptor who conceived and carved the statue. The very lines and perfections would probably determine which of the great ancient artists carved the statue. Not only the unity of the Scriptures, but their lines of perfection, suggest One far above any human as the real author. That could be no one but God (14)."
    Prophetic evidence
    Yet another reason Christians believe God is the ultimate author of the Bible is the predictive prophecies in the Bible. This aspect is unique to the world's religions because if one predicts something will happen and it does not, they are proven to be phony. The Bible is literally filled with detailed prophecies that have been fulfilled with 100% accuracy. Here is a list of 85 Messianic prophecies along with their fulfillment through the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus:
    Prophecies of Jesus of Nazareth as Messiah
    #Prophetic ScriptureSubjectFulfilled
    Genesis 3:15
    seed of a woman
    Galatians 4:4
    Genesis 12:3, Genesis 22:18
    descendant of Abraham
    Matthew 1:1, Acts 3:25
    Genesis 17:19, Genesis 21:12
    descendant of Isaac
    Luke 3:34, Luke 3:23-24
    Genesis 28:14, Numbers 24:17
    descendant of Jacob
    Matthew 1:2, Luke 3:23-24
    Genesis 49:10
    from the tribe of Judah
    Luke 3:23-24, Luke 3:33
    Isaiah 9:6, 11:1-5, Jeremiah 23:5-6
    descendant of David
    Matthew 1:1, Luke 3:23-24
    Isaiah 11:1
    descendant of Jesse
    Luke 3:23-24
    Ezekiel 37:24
    will shepherd His people
    Matthew 2:6
    Isaiah 9:7
    heir to the throne of David
    Luke 1:32-33
    Micah 5:2
    His pre-existence
    Colossians 1:17
    Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:1
    eternal existence
    John 8:58, 11, 14, Ephesians 1:3-14, Colossians 1:15-19
    Psalm 45:6-7, Psalm 102:25-27
    anointed and eternal
    Hebrews 1:8-12
    Psalm 110:1
    called Lord
    Matthew 22:43-45
    Isaiah 33:22
    John 5:30
    Psalm 2:6
    Matthew 27:37
    Micah 5:2
    born in Bethlehem
    Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:4-5, 7
    Daniel 9:25
    time for His birth
    Matthew 2:1, 16, 19, Luke 2:1-2
    Isaiah 7:14
    to be born of a virgin
    Matthew 1:18, 24, 25, Luke 1:26-27, 30-31
    Psalm 72:9
    worshipped by shepherds
    Luke 2:8-15
    Psalm 72:10
    honored by great kings
    Matthew 2:1-11
    Jeremiah 31:15
    slaughter of children
    Matthew 2:16-18
    Hosea 11:1
    flight to Egypt
    Matthew 2:14-15
    Isaiah 40:3-5
    the way prepared
    Matthew 3:1,2, Luke 3:3-6
    Malachi 3:1
    preceded by a forerunner
    Luke 7:24, 27
    Malachi 4:5-6
    preceded by Elijah
    Matthew 11:13-14
    Psalm 2:7, Proverbs 30:4
    declared the Son of God
    Matthew 3:17, Luke 1:32
    Isaiah 9:5-6, Jeremiah 23:5-6
    God's name applied to Him
    Romans 10:9, Philippians 2:9-11
    Isaiah 11:2, 61:1, Psalm 45:8
    anointment of Holy Spirit
    Matthew 3:16, 17, John 3:34, Acts 10:38
    Isaiah 9:1-2
    Galilean ministry
    Matthew 4:13-16
    Psalm 78:2-4
    speaks in parables
    Matthew 13:34-35
    Isaiah 56:7, Jeremiah 7:11
    temple becomes a house of merchandise instead of prayer
    Matthew 21:13
    Psalm 69:9
    zeal of Jews for the temple instead of God
    John 2:17
    Deuteronomy 18:15, 18
    a prophet
    Matthew 21:11, Acts 3:20, 22
    Isaiah 29:18, Isaiah 35:5-6
    blind, deaf, and lame are healed by the Messiah
    Luke 7:22, Matthew 9:35, 11:3-5
    Isaiah 40:11, 42:2-3, Isaiah 53:7
    Messiah will be meek and mild
    Matthew 12:18-20, Matthew 11:29, Hebrews 4:15
    Isaiah 53:9
    Be sinless and without guile
    1 Peter 2:22
    Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 49:1
    will minister to Gentiles
    Matthew 12:18-21Luke 2:32
    Isaiah 61:1-2
    to bind up the brokenhearted
    Luke 4:18-19
    Isaiah 53:12, Isaiah 59:16
    to intercede for the people
    Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25
    Isaiah 53:3, 8:14, 28:16, 63:3, Psalms 69:6, 118:22
    rejected by His own people, the Jews
    John 1:11, 7:5,48, Luke 23:18, Acts 4:11, 1 Peter 2:6-8
    Psalm 118:22
    Be rejected by the Jewish leadership
    Matthew 21:42, John 7:48
    Psalm 2:1-2
    plotted against by Jews and Gentiles alike
    Acts 4:27
    Psalm 110:4
    priest after the order of Melchizedek
    Hebrews 5:5-6
    Zechariah 9:9
    enter Jerusalem on donkey
    Mark 11:7, 9, 11, Luke 19:35-37
    Haggai 2:7-9, Malachi 3:1
    entered the temple with authority
    Matthew 21:12, Luke 2:27-38
    Psalm 8:2
    adored by infants
    Matthew 21:15-16
    Isaiah 53:1
    not believed
    John 12:37-38
    Zechariah 13:7
    sheep of the Shepherd scattered
    Matthew 26:31, Mark 14:50
    Psalm 41:9, 55:13-15
    betrayed by a close friend
    Matthew 10:4, Luke 22:47-48
    Zechariah 11:12
    betrayed for thirty pieces of silver
    Matthew 26:14-15
    Zechariah 11:13
    betrayal money used to buy Potter's field
    Matthew 27:6-7
    Psalm 35:11
    accused by false witnesses
    Mark 14:57-58
    Isaiah 53:7
    silent to accusations
    Matthew 27:12, Mark 15:4-5
    Isaiah 50:6
    spat on
    Matthew 26:67, 27:30
    Isaiah 50:6
    Matthew 26:67, 27:26, 30
    Micah 4:14
    struck on cheek
    Matthew 27:30
    Isaiah 49:7, Psalm 35:19, Psalm 69:4
    hated without reason
    John 7:48, 15:24-25
    Isaiah 53:5
    wounded and bruised
    Matthew 27:26
    Isaiah 53:5
    vicarious sacrifice
    John 1:29, , 3:16, Romans 5:6, 8
    Daniel 9:24-26
    cut off, but not for Himself
    Matthew 2:1, Luke 3:1, 23
    Isaiah 53:12
    crucified with malefactors
    Matthew 27:38, Mark 15:27-28
    Zechariah 12:10, Psalm 22:16
    pierced through hands and feet
    Luke 23:33, John 20:25-27
    Psalm 22:7-8
    sneered and mocked
    Matthew 27:31, Luke 23:35
    Psalm 109:24, 25
    fell under the cross
    Luke 23:26
    Psalm 69:9
    was reproached
    Romans 15:3
    Psalm 38:11
    friends stood afar off
    Luke 23:49
    Psalm 109:25
    people shook their heads
    Matthew 27:39
    Psalm 22:17
    stared upon
    Luke 23:35
    Psalm 22:16, 69:21
    given vinegar for His thirst
    Matthew 27:34, John 19:28-29
    Psalm 109:4, Isaiah 53:12
    prayer for His enemies
    Luke 23:34
    Psalm 22:17-18
    soldiers gambled for His clothing
    Matthew 27:35-36, John 19:23, 24
    Psalm 22:1
    forsaken by God
    Matthew 27:46
    Psalm 31:5
    committed Himself to God
    Luke 23:46
    Exodus 12:46, Psalm 34:20
    no bones broken
    John 19:32, 33, 36
    Psalm 22:14
    heart broken
    John 19:34
    Zechariah 12:10
    His side pierced
    John 19:34
    Amos 8:9
    darkness over the land
    Matthew 27:45
    Isaiah 53:9
    buried with the rich
    Matthew 27:57-60
    Psalm 3:5, 16:10, 49:15
    to be resurrected
    Mark 16:6-7, Acts 2:31
    Isaiah 44:3, Joel 2:28
    sent the Holy Spirit
    John 20:22, Acts 2:16-17
    Isaiah 55:3-4, Jeremiah 31:31
    establishes a new covenant
    Matthew 26:28, Luke 22:20, Hebrews 8:6-10
    Psalm 68:18, Psalm 110:1
    His ascension to God's right hand
    Mark 16:19, Acts 1:9, 1 Corinthians 15:4, Ephesians 4:8, Hebrews 1:3
    Psalm 29:11, Micah 4:3
    peace proclaimed by disciples
    Luke 2:14, John 14:27, Acts 10:36
    Isaiah 60:3
    "Light" to Gentiles
    Acts 13:47,48
    Isaiah 11:10, 42:1, 49:1-12
    the Gentiles will seek the Messiah
    Romans 11:25, 15:10
    Although some of these prophecies are vague and could have been deliberately fulfilled, many are very specific: 16. Place of birth (Micah 5:2). 17. Date of birth (Daniel 9:25). 18. Manner of birth (Isaiah 7:14). 62. Manner of death (Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16 prophesied before the invention of crucifixion). 76. Piercing in side (Zechariah 12:10). 78. Burial (Isaiah 53:9).
    The Bible made several prophecies of the complete destruction of cities. Many of the cities it said would be rebuilt and several it claimed would never be rebuilt – The Bible is 100% accurate in both categories as archeology shows. One amazing example is the city of Tyre. Ezekiel 26:3-5,7,12,14 and (15) predict:
    Nebuchadnezzar will take the city.
    Other nations will participate in the fulfillment.
    The city is to be made flat like the top of a rock.
    It is to become a place for spreading nets.
    Its stones and timber are to be laid in the sea.
    The old city of Tyre will never be rebuilt.
    History records that Nebuchadnezzar took the adjacent mainland settlement of Ushu ("Old Tyre"), but the people escaped out to the island city. Later, Alexander the Great took the island off the coast by taking the old city's rubble and throwing it into the sea making a land-bridge (this caused the old city to look flat like a rock due to the scraping of the material). The old city is now a place for fisherman but no city has been planted there even though there is an excellent water supply to support a major city.
    Shelly, Rubel. 1990. Prepare To Answer. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, p 92.
    All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)
    "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished." (Matthew 5:18)
    Nelson Glueck, Rivers in the Desert, Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy, New York, 1959, p. 31.
    "For Acts the confirmation of historicity is overwhelming. Yet Acts is, in simple terms and judged externally, no less a propaganda document than the Gospels, liable to similar distortion. But any attempt to reject its basic historicity even in matters of detail must now appear absurd." A. N. Sherwin-White. 1978. Roman Society and Roman Law in the New Testament. Baker, Grand Rapids, p. 189.
    Flavius Josephus The Antiquities of the Jews 20.9.1
    Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15, Flavius Josephus The Antiquities of the Jews 18:63, Talmud P. Ta'an. 65b, and the Sanhedrin 3a
    Cornelius Tacitus Annals 15.44 from The Tech Classics Archive translated by Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb
    Otto Betz. 1968. What do We Know about Jesus?, SCM Press, page 9.
    Encyclopedia Britannica (Article on "Jesus")
    H. G. Wells, Outline Of History.
    Bruins, H.J. and J. van der Plicht. 1996. The Exodus enigma. Nature 382: 213-214.
    Friedrich, W.L., P. Wagner, and H. Tauber. 1990. Thera and the Aegean World III Thera Foundation, London, UK.
    Kuniholm, P.I., B. Kromer, S.W. Manning, M. Newton, C.E. Latini, and M.J. Bruce. 1996. Anatolian tree rings and the absolute chronology of the eastern Mediterranean, 2220-718 BC. Nature 381: 780-783.
    Renfrew, C. 1996. Kings, tree rings and the old world. Nature 381: 733-734.
    Shelly, Rubel. 1990. Prepare To Answer. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, p 114.
    therefore, thus says the Lord God,` Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and I will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves. And they will destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; and I will scrape her debris from her and make her a bare rock. She will be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,' declares the Lord God, `and she will become spoil for the nations.'… For thus says the Lord God, "Behold, I will bring upon Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses, chariots, cavalry, and a great army…. Also they will make a spoil of your riches and a prey of your merchandise, break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses, and throw your stones and your timbers and your debris into the water…. And I will make you a bare rock; you will be a place for the spreading of nets. You will be built no more, for I the Lord have spoken," declares the Lord God…. "Then all the princes of the sea will go down from their thrones, remove their robes, and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground, tremble every moment, and be appalled at you." (Ezekiel 26:3-5,7,12,14,16)
    Is the Bible inspired?
    The doctrine of the inspiration of the Bible means that the Bible in the original documents is God-breathed, and that it is a divine product; and because it is divine, the original documents are inerrant.  The copies of those documents are not inspired.  We have copies of inspired documents.
    2 Tim. 3:16-17 says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." Paul who wrote this epistle was obviously referring to the entirety of the Old Testament as being inspired.  The word "inspired" is literally "God-breathed."  This is an interesting phrase since it implies that the Scriptures are from the mouth of God.  Likewise, Peter says in 2 Pet. 1:21, "for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God." Notice that Peter is stating that prophecy is not the product of human will.  Instead, prophecy occurs by those moved by the Holy Spirit.
    Furthermore, we can easily see that the Old Testament Scriptures are full of statements and phrases claiming to be the Word of God.
    "Thus says the Lord" occurs 418 times in the NASB, 413 in the KJV
    Exodus 4:22, "Then you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus says the Lord, 'Israel is My son, My first-born.'"
    1 Kings 11:31, "And he said to Jeroboam, 'Take for yourself ten pieces; for thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give you ten tribes.'"
    Isaiah 7:7, "thus says the Lord God, 'It shall not stand nor shall it come to pass.'"
    "God said" occurs 46 times in both the NASB and the KJV
    Genesis 1:3, "Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light."
    Exodus 3:14, "And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM'; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you."
    Exodus 6:2-3, "God spoke further to Moses and said to him, 'I am the Lord; and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, Lord, I did not make Myself known to them.'"
    God spoke through prophets
    1 Kings 14:18, "And all Israel buried him and mourned for him, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke through His servant Ahijah the prophet."
    2 Sam. 24:11-12, "When David arose in the morning, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, 12 'Go and speak to David, Thus the Lord says, "I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I may do to you."'"
    Zech. 7:7, "Are not these the words which the Lord proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and prosperous with its cities around it, and the Negev and the foothills were inhabited?"
    The Spirit of the Lord spoke through people
    2 Sam. 23:2, "The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue."
    1 Kings 22:24, "Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, 'How did the Spirit of the Lord pass from me to speak to you?'"
    2 Chron. 20:14-15, "Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; 15 and he said, 'Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the Lord to you, Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's.'"
    As you can see, the Old Testament Scriptures are clearly full of statements showing the inspiration of God through the writers.  The Old Testament assumes and speaks from the perspective of divine inspiration. Should we do any less?
    What about the New Testament?
    We see that the Old Testament is repeatedly spoken of as being inspired via the numerous references cited above but what about the New Testament?  Are the New Testament books inspired as well?
    The Christian church has always considered the New Testament documents to be inspired.  Though in the early church there were some debates on which New Testament books to include in the Bible, God worked through the Christian church to recognize those inspired works.  Therefore we now have 27 inspired books for the New Testament.
    In 1 Cor. 14:37 Paul said, "If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord's commandment."  In 2 Pet. 3:16 Peter said, "as also in all [Paul's] letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction." Also, Jesus said in John 14:26, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." This means that the Lord has commissioned the apostles to accurately record what Jesus had said because the Holy Spirit would be working in them.
    So, we can see that Jesus promised direction from the Holy Spirit, that Paul considered what he wrote to be the commands of God, and that Peter recognized Paul's writings as Scripture.  In addition, since the Christian Church recognizes the 27 books of the New Testament are inspired and since we see internal claims of inspiration in the New Testament, we conclude that inspiration applies to the New Testament documents as well.
    Inspiration violates free will.
    A. Inspiration does not violate free will.  What if the person through whom God is working has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and desires to have the Lord speak through him?  Would this negate the ability of God to inerrantly speak through such a person?  Would it also mean that the person has no free will if he has voluntarily subjected his will to the will of God?
    B. Certainly, God has the ability to work through individuals to bring them to a place where they can record inerrant statements.  Cannot God manifest himself to someone, deliver to him a verbal message, and have that person record it?  Would that statement not be inspired of God?
    C. Proverbs. 21:1,"The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever He wishes."  This verse clearly states that God is able to work through an individual's "free will" to bring about what God desires. 

    2. What about the numerous contradictions in the Bible?
    A. It is true that there are difficulties with in the Word of God.  But these are due to copying errors through the centuries.  As more and more historical, archaeological, and manuscript evidence is uncovered, the fewer Bible difficulties there are.  Nevertheless, for an examination of answers to the alleged Bible contradictions, please see http://www.BibleQuery.org

    3. The manuscript evidence doesn't support inerrancy of the originals.
    A. This is a subjective conclusion.  The more I have studied about the ancient manuscripts, the more I have concluded that the original documents were indeed inspired and inerrant.
    B. The logical implication of the statements within the Bible is that they are inerrant since they claim to be offered from God.  They either are or are not inspired of God.  If they are not, then their claims of speaking for God are lies.

    4. Inspiration applies to scripture–not people.
    A. God works sovereignly through people to inspire his documents.  It is the people whom God indwells with his spirit and the people who are inspired by God to write his word.  If inspiration only refers to Scripture, and somehow means that people are not themselves inspired, the Scriptures are still God-breathed and necessarily inerrant.
    For more see our website http://www.BibleQuery.org.

  7. CAnswersTV says:

    The wicked hate the wrath, justice & judgment of a Holy God. Get an in-depth study of the Biblical Doctrine of Hell besides videos on our playlist "Dealing with Hell, Lake of Fire, Unpopular Bible Doctrines" at

     by going to "Eternal Punishment, Part 1" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607145320 & "Eternal Punishment, Part 2" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607143539 by A.W. Pink. Great preaching on this subject can be found at "Heaven & Hell" by Charles Haddon Spurgeon at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8702112616 & "The Sinner's End, Hell Opens Wide Her Jaws, the Sinner Falls To Destruction, Spurgeon" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1014131452290; "A Few Sighs From Hell" by John Bunyan at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=112903233617; "The Eternity of Hell Torments" by George Whitefield at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=11307232342; Men Don't Regard Warnings of Future Punishment As Hell Doesn't Seem Real – Edwards" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1031121125362, "The Torments of Hell Are Exceeding Great, A Rich Man Went to Hell and Was Tormented" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=51513154140, "They That Are Gone to Hell Are All of Them in Despair, Eternal Damnation by Edwards" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=219131311338 & "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=113003134610 by Jonathan Edwards, "God's Hell" by John Wagner at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=6501212239; "A Tour of Hell" by E.A. Johnston at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=7251216250; other great Biblical messages about the doctrine of Hell can be found at  http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?currSection=sermonstopic&keyworddesc=Hell&keyword=hell
    See our newsletter on Hell with plenty of Biblical references on our website http://www.biblequery.org/ (once on the homepage click on the "experience" box to the left then scroll down to the newsletter section & click on "Turn or Burn."
    The wicked hate the Biblical doctrine of Hell & will create any myth to pretend it is not real or eternal in the conscious divine punishment of the damned. "Be not deceived, GOD IS NOT MOCKED: For whatsover a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Galations 6:7). "VENGEANCE IS MINE; I WILL REPAY SAITH THE LORD" (Rom. 12:19). "Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and THAT WILL BY NO MEANS CLEAR THE GUILTY" (Exodus 34:7). Jesus said, "It would have been good for that man if he had not been born" (Matthew 26:24). Why would Jesus say this if there wasn't something far worse waiting for that man after this life is over? Interestingly enough, over the years many atheists have flocked to our YouTube hell videos with unusual curiosity. Why do they bother if they don't think it is real?
    2 Timothy 2:15  

  8. JHC Channel says:

    People needs to follow the comndmemts and the Testimony of JesusChrist….read book of Revelations
    Also read the gospels where Christ says He did not come to change the Law. And also the part where He says that even this world will pass but not God words. Nofaith is good without work or works wthout fait

  9. Msfelixthecatz says:

    I have watched every single one of them. ^^ The only thing I could wish is that they were more specific, rather than broad. I would say more, but this is too open a forum.

  10. CAnswersTV says:

    I have never watched them because, as you yourself rightly say, "their assumptions on the shows are generally wrong." Since I have limited time I try not to waste it (Ephesians 5:16). If you would like to know more on this subject from a Biblical perspective please go to our main YouTube channel CANSWERSTV & click on our playlist entitled, "Dealing with UFOs, Ghosts, Magic, Spiritual Warfare, Satan" with 16 videos. Our "Occult Seminar" video will give you a good overview of the occultic realm.

  11. Msfelixthecatz says:

    What do you say about those popular Ghost Hunter-type shows on TV? Is it wrong to watch them, as a Christian? I know their assumptions on the shows are generally wrong. Too bad there isn't one with a Biblical perspective. That would help a lot of people, imo.

  12. Robert Nellums says:

    While I agree with a lot of your work, I must say you have to stop dismissing questions with answers like, 'It's anti-Christ." Tell them why it is so. Give Shane the business, which is, tell him the difference between what God forbids and the story he has read, because there is one. Shane is lost and we should help him find his way, not blow him off. 🙂

  13. CAnswersTV says:

    Yes we do have a video on reincarnation. It's called, "HINDUISM – PATHS TO THE COSMIC FIRE #2: IS REINCARNATION (SOUL RECYCLING) FOR OR AGAINST THE BIBLE? (copy & paste the title into the YouTube search box). Another video, "OCCULT SEMINAR: THE DEVIL, BLACK MAGIC, GHOSTS, UFOs, OUIJA BOARDS, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, WITCHCRAFT" may touch on the subject in passing. Also "NEW AGE "I AM" CHURCH UNIVERSAL & TRIUMPHANT DEBATE: LARRY WESSELS VS. VERNER ZOTTER" may since reincarnation is new age mythology.

  14. Beau Cunningham says:

    Have you done anything on the unpoplular bible doctrine of "reincarnation"?

  15. CAnswersTV says:

    The Bible condemns divination & worship of the heavens, both of which astrology is a part. Occult divination & reading omens is condemned in Deut 18:9-12 & Dan 5:7a. The Hebrew words "ashshaph" and "gzar" used in these and other Old Testament passages translate as "conjuror", "enchanter", "soothsayer" and "astrologer". 2. Astrology originated in worship of the stars and heavens which is condemned in Deut 4:19, 17:3 & Acts 7:42. Guidance from astrology instead of God is condemned (Dan 2:27-28).

  16. Detroitblue says:

    I have noted that most who speak against astrology first attempt to lump the science of the stars together with Divination, witchcraft, magic and all other crafts which require the aid of familiar spirits. The more I study and the more I learn it become obvious the Bible is based on astrological concepts. Furthermore no specific verse can be found that condemns Astrology. Most quoted is Isaiah 47 11-15 which basically says even the Astrologers will not be able to save you from Gods judgment.

  17. CAnswersTV says:

    @sagitarian000028 Your comment here is a logical fallacy called BEGGING THE QUESTION (making an assertion that needs to be proven, but simply accepting it as valid & then arguing from it). You FAIL to realize that YOU are making DOGMATIC RELIGIOUS statements & YOU are simply ASSUMING they're true. Based on your comments here & our UNPOPULAR BIBLE DOCTRINES #6: MILITARY SERVICE, FREUDIAN PSYCHOLOGY & PSYCHIATRY ARE A LIE you are giving us nothing more than New Age mythology which is anti-Christ.

  18. CAnswersTV says:

    @sagitarian000028 Jordan Maxwell is an occultist (a dabbler in so-called "secret or forbidden knowledge" such as magic, alchemy, extra-sensory perception, astrology, spiritualism, lithomancy, numerology & is open to adherence to religions such as Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Luciferianism, Satanism, Thelema, & Neopaganism) & would be considered Biblically as an anti-Christ (1 John 2:20-29) & one who covorts with the demons (see our 6 hr Youtube series, type SPIRITUAL WARFARE LARRY WESSELS on this).

  19. Shane Fletcher says:

    Dogmatic religion is a way to control the mind its no wonder that religous institutions are worried about people tapping in to their power so they have invented a boogy man to tell people that satan is behind their minds but luckely for these people there is the knowlege of quantum mechanics to prove that minds are naturally connected to the universe that through the mere act of observation you can infuence the universe

  20. Shane Fletcher says:

    Jordan Maxwell said it perfectly that religion is astrology if you read Gen 37 9-10 Joseph dreams that the 11 stars and the sun and moon were bowing to him the stars were the 11 brothers and the sun and moon was the mother and father this is astrological because joseph is the 12 star which all together hints at the 12 zodiac signs that are classicaly the children of the SUN and MOON