The Bible: God's Word or Man's Stories? (Part 1 of 2) by Terry J. Hallock

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The Bible: God's Word or Man's Stories? (Part One)
Pastor T. J. Hallock
November 16, 2003
2nd Peter 1:12-21

In 1957 the British Broadcasting Company's program Panorama reported that a bumper spaghetti crop had been harvested in Switzerland. Due to the eradication of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were having their best spaghetti harvest ever. Hundreds of listeners called in or wrote to find out how they could grow spaghetti trees of their own. Of course the report was pure fiction. Just because it's on TV doesn't make it true. Some believe it is no different with the Bible. They contend the Bible is no more God's Word than spaghetti grows on trees.

That charge against Scripture is serious business. If the Bible is not God's Word but merely the fanciful fabrications of man, then everything about being a believer is open to debate -- from the very existence of God, to the authority of His law, to the faithfulness of His promises; from the testimony of Christ's resurrection, to the promise of our salvation that comes through the redemption won by His blood.

Therefore, beginning today and concluding next Sunday, I will allow the Bible to lay its own proofs of its claims before you. When we are done I believe Scripture will have affirmed Peter's testimony "that we did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" and "that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 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."

The mural of the biblical creation story that adorns the ceiling of the Cistene Chapel in Rome did not appear out of nothingness. It was created one painful stroke at a time by the brush held in the hands of Michelangelo. Yet the power that moved those hands and directed those brush strokes was the inspiration in Michelangelo's soul. Likewise, the Bible did not drop ...

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