These pages examine interpreting the Bible and explaining it, including how we address problems with the Bible, and the relationship of Biblical and scientific truth.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but after 50 years as a christian, trying to serve and obey God, having read the Bible right through several times and having read and studied the New Testament in great detail, even undertaking some formal (post graduate) theological study, I believe I have some insights to share.
In the words of Richard of Chichester, I pray that these pages will help you “know him more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly”.
- Why believe in the Bible? – if we come to the Bible neutrally, are there good reasons to believe in it?
- What scholars tell us about the New Testament – a summary of what secular scholars have concluded.
- What scholars tell us about the Old Testament – a brief outline of what secular scholars have concluded.
- In what way is the Bible a special book? – christians all believe it is special, but is it inspired, without error, the word of God, authoritative, etc?
- How to interpret the Bible? – finding God’s way and avoiding the problems.
- The Canaanite genocide – a historical perspective – what really happened and what did God command?.
- The Old Testament Law and Christians – the surprising news is that it doesn’t apply to us!
- The fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy – How accurate were their predictions?
- Understanding the Bible in the 21st century – the original series of posts which were re-written into the above pages – based on what the Bible says about itself.