VS. BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY
Dr. Robert C. Newman
Biblical Theol. Seminary
Introduction: the Influence of Liberalism
My own experience & that of some I know
Bible course at Duke University raised a lot of questions that I couldnÕt answer. I was helped by coming into contact with the writings of CS Lewis. Others have eventually abandoned Christianity when they couldnÕt find answers.
Effects in Europe, U.S., Korea (?)
Liberalism has gutted the mainline churches of the US and Europe.
Its Authority / Inerrancy
Evangelicals note Biblical claims and accept Biblical authority & inerrancy.
Liberals note problem passages and reject inerrancy & often Biblical authority.
Similar situation re/ sinlessness of Christ, goodness of God
Each of these three is a revealed doctrine supported by evidence that Bible is God's revelation.
Evangelicals don't object in principle to sources, multiple authorship, but believe Biblical claims about its own authorship.
But liberals reject external evidence of authorship for speculation.
See C.S. LewisÕ essay "On Criticism" in collection On Stories (1982).
Liberal arguments against miracle:
Hume, Harnack, Bultmann
What would a miracle look like?
Creation, fulfilled prophecy
The Person & Work of Jesus Christ
His Deity & Humanity
Taught throughout Bible: OT/NT, Gospels/Epistles
By Biblical standards, not by world's
His Death as Payment for Sin
Also taught throughout Bible (Isa 53:4-6; 2 Cor 5:21;
1 Pet 3:18)
Necessary if God is to be just & declare sinners righteous (Rom 3:26)
Not recovery from a coma, fraud by Jesus or disciples, or hallucinations
Appeared on numerous occasions, for extended periods of time, to multiple witnesses, of whom hundreds still alive years later
Liberal rejection takes form of scoffing in 2 Pet 3:3-4
We need to remember and remind others of evidence that Christianity true, as it will be too late when Christ returns or they die
Conclusions: What Can We Do? (Jude 20-25)
Have mercy on others
Craig Blomberg. The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1987.
John A. Buell and O. Quentin Hyder. Jesus: God, Ghost or Guru? Grand Rapids: Zondervan / Probe, 1978.
C. S. Lewis. Miracles. New York: Macmillan, 1947.
________. "On Criticism," in On Stories, ed. Walter Hooper. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982.
R. T. France. The Evidence for Jesus. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1986.
Gary Habermas and Antony Flew. Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1987.
Josh McDowell. More Than a Carpenter. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1977.
Robert C. Newman, ed. The Evidence of Prophecy. Hatfield, PA: IBRI, 1988.
Hugh Ross. Cosmology Confronts the Creator. Pasadena, CA: Reasons to Believe, 1987.
John Urquhart. The Wonders of Prophecy. Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, n.d.
John Wenham. Easter Enigma: Are the Resurrection Accounts in Conflict? Grand Rapids: Zondervan / Academie, 1984.