We continue our series Answering Skeptics, moving on to possible responses when people minimize the Bible, pretending it's something it isn't.
Today we continue our series Answering Skeptics, moving on to what to say when people make various criticisms of the Bible, particularly why we should not trust it. Before we begin, however, a recap is in order.
Question:I've been listening the audios of the Evidence for Jesus classes [available at www.evidenceforchristianity.org]. Thank you very much for them. But I have a doubt about the claims of Jesus in John 10. Verses 34 to 36 are rather confusing for me. It says: 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”'? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside—36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? I read Psalm 82 and I'm still confused. I understand it to mean that people who know the law or the truth (only Jews at that time, but perhaps it applies to us now) can be considered as gods, and Jesus is also a god, but a very special one--God's Son. Jesus' answer is not like : 'yes, I AM GOD' but more like: we all are gods...I'm a very special one. At least that's what I understood. This is specially important for me because here on campus I have a Mormon friend who is inviting me to her church. She even gave me the Mormon book [the Book of Mormon, presumably]! I want to know how to answer their claim that we all can be gods...just in case...she has not used this scripture so far...not even any other, but when I read this I immediately thought of her. Thank you very much in advance!
I've been wrestling with faith issues for 40 years, trying to answer others' questions (and my own), and as a result have much to share. So in the coming months, we're going to explore the field of Christian evidences. Every suggestion in the series Answering Skeptics comes from actual conversations in my own evangelism. Each week we'll consider practical responses to common challenges from skeptics, atheists, and other critics of faith.