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Craig Stangland RS 131 Ronney Mourad 11-13-06 The Credibility of the Bible and Dispensationalism. The basic thought of Christianity relies on one source, the Bible. Nonetheless, the Bible has come under great scrutiny throughout its history. Many questions have been asked, few of which have been answered. Questions such as; what about different role models in the Bible, should we still follow their ways today, who says the Bible is still effective in teaching us lessons, who says the Bible is true? Questions such as these plague both Christians, and non-Christians. What is the basis of each side’s arguments? This is one question I set out to discover. You can not drive more than a hundred miles in the United States with out passing a church. Each church has its own set of beliefs. Though some churches do congregate together to form a denomination each church still has its differences. However, all denominations under Christianity function under one Bible. But yet each church answers the above mentioned questions differently. How is this so? And what message does this convey to non-believers? There are many versions of the Bible, which can lead to skepticism of the Bible. Along with the credibility issue with the Bible comes along dispensationalism. St. Augustine brings up dispensationalism in his book, Confessions . Many people believe there are over 50 versions of the Bible. They then believe that because there are this many versions, there is that many denominations, and consequently that are that many different sets of beliefs. With this many sets of beliefs,
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non-believers may find it tough to accept God as true when people who already believe in Him can not agree upon themselves. However, to begin with we need to understand the definition of “version”. Rather than the word version each should be called a different translation. All the different versions of the Bible essentially say the exact same thing; it is just that each translator translated the Bible into English in its own peculiar way. Thus, this leads to many different versions, which all essentially mean the exact same thing ( Why are There Different Versions of the Bible 1). There are many people out there who discredit, or don’t believe the Bible. They say it is non-factual and filled with hearsay. For the coveted 19 th century writer, Mark Twain, said himself, “It has some noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.” (Twain, 18). Talking about the Bible, this famed man claims that it has over a thousand deceptions. As with anything in this world you will always have those who believe in it, and those who oppose it. Take for example the Holocaust. There are radicals out there that believe that is was all a hoax. Despite having clean, clear-cut evidence proving that it did take place. Another example would be about the date of July 21 st , 1969, the day the United States landed on the moon. Once again, despite strong
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2008 for the course RS 131 taught by Professor Mourad during the Spring '07 term at Albion College.

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