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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2020, p. 227. Introduction Picture a husband locked out of his home. He calls to his wife to open the door. She responds, “How do I know it’s not an intruder pretending to be my husband?” What will show her that the person is in fact her husband? First, it will be the way he says what he says, the tone of his voice, his way of speaking. Second, it will be the content of what he says to her, things that perhaps only her husband would say. In a similar way the...

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Previous article in this series: February 15, 2020, p. 227. Introduction We have been following John Calvin as he teaches us the evidences Scripture carries within itself of its divine origin. Learning these things, says Calvin, we “will be abundantly equipped to restrain the barking of ungodly men; for this is a proof too clear to be open to any subtle objections.”1 So far in this series we have treated the relation of these evidences to the internal work of the Spirit in our hearts; we have examined the fact that Scripture correctly foretells things no humans could foretell; and...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2020, p. 157. The Reformation and Scripture’s authority The Roman Catholic Church answered (and still answers) the question in our title (How do we know the Bible is the Word of God?) this way: “Because the Roman Catholic Church says so.” According to Rome’s false teaching, the Bible is church-authenticated. The church has all power and authority, even to determine what is and is not the Word of God. So that even if the church declared Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham to be the Bible, we would have to believe it.1 The...

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Previous article in this series: December 1, 2019, p. 111. The Scriptures do not fear examination If you have ever let Mormon missionaries through your door, you will have noticed that they urge upon you something that at first seems similar to the Reformed faith’s “Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit.” Before they read the Book of Mormon to you or tell you the story of Joseph Smith, they will attempt to prepare you for what they call, “the burning in the bosom.” “This,” they say, “will be a feeling you will get as we read or talk to you....

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Facing attacks “You believe that a snake talked, and a man walked on water?! The Bible is just a collection of myths, fables, and stories. I don’t know how any thinking person could believe that stuff in this day and age!” Perhaps you have heard things like this before. Maybe in a college classroom. Maybe from someone with whom you work. Or perhaps you saw a suggested video on the sidebar on YouTube, “Proof the Bible is not the Word of God,” and you clicked. God’s people face rhetoric and arguments against the inspiration and authority of the Bible in...

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