factors. Additionally, chemical imbalances may be a physical result caused by demonization. Theassertion that demonization does not exist or occur is an assertion made by one who has not witnessedit. Much mental illness is unexplained by medical professionals, and the fact that subjects were healedwhen Jesus cast demons out, shows that mental illness can be caused by demonization.
If the Bible is God’s word, it must be in
errant or completely perfect, because God cannot lie(Numbers 23:19, 2 Samuel 22:31
). Based on God’s character, if the Bible is inspired, it must be inerrant.
What, then, does it mean for the Bible to be inspired? Inspiration is the inward work of God inthe hearts and minds of the biblical authors as they were writing scripture. Under the guidance of theHoly Spirit the authors were prevented from making errors (in the fundamentalist understanding). TheHoly Spirit was even involved in the selection of human words, though men retained their own styles of writing. More concisely, the biblical writings are God-breathed miraculous revelation, although theauthors and processes themselves are not necessarily inspired.
Critics say that there are inconsistent and contradictory views taught in the Bible regarding the
nature of God, the beginning of Jesus’ sonship, the nature of the afterlife, and the criteria for salvation.
They say God in the Pentateuch was angry, and committed genocides and mass murders for trivial
reasons such as practicing birth control, looking the wrong direction (lot’s wife), and not beinghospitable to strangers. He also had a fit and killed everyone except Noah’s family in the flood. In the
Gospels, God became nice Abba (papa), who was a God of love and compassion, and then becomesangry, vengeful, and mean again in Revelation.
In reality, all of the descriptions of God’s character are
true, and though there may be tension between various attributes, they are not contradictory. God ismerciful and just, patient and wrathful, humble and powerful, loving and angry. He is jealous for Hispeople, just as a husband would be loving to his wife and angry to anyone that threatened her, so is Godin His zeal for love, justice, and righteousness. He judges that which hinders love because of His love.The critics claim that Romans 1:3-4 declare Jesus became the son of God at His resurrection. Inreality, it says that His resurrection was a declaration of His sonship. They say Mark 1:10-11 claims Hisso
nship began at His baptism, but it simply states that God said “You are my son…” present tense. Thetext does not claim that Jesus’ sonship began at that time. Critics claim that Matthew and Luke claimedJesus’ sonship began at birth, simply due to inclusi
on of a birth narrative, and John 1 states that Jesusexisted in the beginning, before creation.
To simply recognize that the Bible teaches that Jesus iseternally begotten of the father since the very beginning, and looking carefully at the text solves thiswhole ridiculous discussion and reveals that the critics have built their own straw man out of falserepresentation of biblical teachings.
Critics claim that the Bible’s understanding of hell changed from “everybody goes to Sheol,
separated from God, n
o resurrection” to “resurrection with rewards for obedient, kind people andpunishment for evil” (after the Greek invasion) to “Those who believe in Christ go to heaven, those who
Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears,
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B. A. Robinson, “Indicators of Biblical Errors