Proof of Bible Inspiration: The Passover | Dave Miller, Ph.D.

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This is a WordPress repost of an excellent article authored by Dave Miller, Ph.D at the apologeticspress.org website. There are many rich truths woven into the Holy Scriptures and this is but one of them, yet it is a vital truth that links together the testimony of the Old Testament with the New Testament. Please take the time to read it, you’ll be glad you did.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t also highly recommend that you bookmark the Apologeticspress.org website as an excellent source of documented Christian Apologetics source information. They produce some excellent material.

The link to this article is directly below:

http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=13&article=5650

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7 comments on “Proof of Bible Inspiration: The Passover | Dave Miller, Ph.D.
  1. Those who know Jesus Christ don’t need proof of anything for they have faith. Those who don’t know Jesus Christ will not be convinced by a man justifying a book. I find it rather ridiculous that so called christians need current re assurance of their belief’s. In fact, they are the ones who need convincing which proves they have no faith at all.
    The proof of Jesus Christ is non transferable. One can testify but not prove.

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    • Bruce says:

      Hi Stephen, the “book” in this particular post was the Bible. And I would submit that there is absolutely nothing wrong in knowing why you believe what you believe and being able to articulate that effectively to others, when someone asks questions about your faith. I’m thinking you’re coming across a little on the harsh side when you infer that someone has no faith at all just because they wish to take a deeper look at the case for the resurrection, just as an example. That’s not a matter of needing convincing, it’s a matter of listening to the arguments for and against and strengthening the reasoning for your faith. And the “proof” that was illustrated in this particular post was the thread of continuity throughout the Bible on the subject of the Passover. I’d be a little bit more careful in using the words “ridiculous” and “so called Christians” in the same sentence. Last time I checked the only one who knows if someone has faith in God is God.

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  2. For a guy who has a blog somewhat dedicated to judging others, you come off as a bit of a hypocrite telling me to be careful. You missed my point entirely on account of you spent to much time judging me.
    Answer me if you wish Bruce, How did Peter know Jesus was The Christ? What use was the torah or the old testament if the so called scholars didn’t know Christ?

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  3. Bruce says:

    Hi Stephen,

    The answer you’re looking for is Matthew 16:17 where Jesus indicates to Peter that this was not revealed to Peter by flesh and blood, but by Jesus’s Father in heaven. I do understand the point you are making about faith and I agree that it is through God’s grace and the working of the Holy Spirit that we come to have faith and trust in the realization and understanding of who Jesus is and what He has done for us.

    To answer your question, “What use was the torah or the old testament if the so called scholars didn’t know Christ?”, I submit the following:

    To infer that the Old Testament serves no use to non-believers who wish to validate spoken truths by searching the scriptures and becoming more knowledgeable in what the scriptures actually say, such as demonstrated in Acts 17:11-12, and which led many to faith by the way, and in Acts 17:17 where it states Paul “….reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.”, does not correlate with your statement that the Torah or Old Testament was on no use to non-believers that had no faith. The scriptures were the primary means whereby Jesus, Peter and Paul and others, illustrated the truths of who Jesus was and is, to non-believers.

    And when Paul admonishes Timothy in 2nd Timothy to study to show himself approved and to be able to rightly divide the word of truth and that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, it definitely does not indicate that Christians have no need to dive deeper into the scriptures or learn to appreciate the richness of the scriptures because they already have faith.

    The author of the post, which I reposted, was illustrating the richness and proof of the scripture, through the singular illustration of the Passover. Because someone values this proof of the richness of scripture, as a Christian, does not infer that by them doing so, as you state, “proves that they have no faith at all”. In fact, I would say it can infer exactly the opposite.

    Evidently you do not respond well to criticism. I recommend that you use caution or be careful when criticizing fellow Christians and you respond by calling me a hypocrite for doing so and judging you.

    You are the one who stated, “Those who don’t know Jesus Christ will not be convinced by a man justifying a book.” The book that was being justified as you indicated, was the Bible, the scriptures. Evidently Jesus, Peter, Paul and others don’t agree with you because they all used the scriptures to reason with non-believers.

    You are the one who stated, “I find it rather ridiculous that so called christians need current re assurance of their belief’s. In fact, they are the ones who need convincing which proves they have no faith at all.” To appreciate and value the richness of the Scriptures is not necessarily them needing current re-assurance of their beliefs, it is them studying the Word so that they are better equipped to give a reason for their faith, should any ask (1 Peter 3:15). The proof provided was the richness of the meaning and purpose of the Passover, by multiple authors, throughout the Bible.

    For you to make the assumption, that by them valuing this proof or validation, it proves that they have no faith at all, is in my opinion, a mistaken assumption. But God knows your heart better than I do so my opinion can be taken with a grain of salt. You might want to seek God’s consul on His opinion.

    If I have offended you with my response, that has not been my intent. I have been a Christian for many years and I have learned the hard way not to make rash or ill thought out statements.

    It is my sincere hope and prayer that you take this response for what it is, an alternate opinion that you may wish to consider. I am assuming we are brothers in Christ. That being the case we are admonished to treat one another with honor and respect and I hope that I have done that.

    Bruce

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    • In no way have you offended me Bruce. There is no condemnation for those who are IN Christ Jesus. I don’t fully agree with all your opinions, but that on no way stops me from appreciating some of what you do. Unfortunately, the NAR movement and those like it are flourishing, and will continue to flourish as long as biblical literalist continue to justify their beliefs and condemn those who don’t believe their beliefs.
      I do like the bible, it has some of Gods’ words in it, but mostly it is the testimony of those who knew God. All with exception were fallible men. The existence of God does not hang in the balance of what is recorded in the bible.

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