Session 6: Is the Bible Reliable?

Watch the video above then discuss as a group:

1. When was the first time you read a Bible? What do you remember about that time?

2. If someone asked you to describe the story of the Bible, what would you say?

3. There are presently 5,686 Greek manuscripts in existence today for the New Testament. Compare that to other ancient writings:
• Plato - 7 copies
• Caesar - 10 copies
• Aristotle - 49 copies
• Homer (Iliad) - 643 copies
How does that strengthen or change your view of the Bible?

Watch the video above then discuss as a group:

4. Do you think it’s possible that a book could be inspired by God? Why or why not?

5. Read Matthew 5:17-18. What does Jesus say about the scriptures?

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”

6. How relevant is the Bible to your everyday life? What might make you inclined to read the Bible as a source of truth or guidance in your life?

Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” In other words, this writer seems to think that there is something special about this book—that it will outlast nature. Another passage states unequivocally that the Bible is “God-breathed.” In what ways might the Bible be “offering a better story, a story to help make sense of our crazy human existence”?

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