Session Four: Is the Bible Reliable?
Take ten minutes for the group to catch up and reconnect over snacks and refreshments. Then, after gathering everyone into a comfortable circle, share something like the following Introduction.
The reliability of the Bible is being challenged on multiple fronts. At this point in history, an intelligent and thorough conversation about the reliability of Scripture is essential. Jews and Christians hinge their faith squarely on the words of the Bible. Therefore, if the Bible is not reliable, the implications for these faiths are significant. On the other hand, if the Bible is a reliable record of historical events (not to mention theological principles), then the entire world must consider God’s plan as recorded in it. Let’s watch the first video together.
Questions for Discussion
Choose from this list of questions or ask some of your own to facilitate discussion. There’s no need to limit your discussion to these questions or to feel pressured to cover all of them in the time you have.
What does it mean that “80 percent of Americans identify the Bible as sacred literature yet only 43 percent of Christians firmly believe the Bible is accurate in all of the principles it teaches”?
What are a few of the various sources of truth that people consider?
If someone asked you to describe the story of the Bible, what would you say?
Do you think it’s possible that a book could be inspired by God? Why or why not?
The Bible is “the true human story that underlies our experience and our existence” Does this describe the Bible to you?
How relevant is the Bible to your everyday life?
What might make you inclined to rely on the Bible as a source of truth or guidance in your life?
Thoughts to Share with the Group
To the best of your ability, summarize the main points of your group’s discussion. Or, if you are more comfortable, use the text below as a launching pad for concluding the session.
Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
The Bible is understood in a variety of ways: a book of myths, a violent story about an evil god, a book of wisdom about life, the living Word of God, a legal document that prescribes every area of life. But it’s more than that.
It also claims to be God-breathed. And through fulfilled prophecy, it has shown itself to be something beyond just human creation—indeed, perhaps even supernatural. In other words, this writers seems to think that there is something special about this book—that it will outlast nature. If any of this is true, then clearly the Bible is worth our sincere consideration.