Most people have heard about Job, the character in the Bible who went through the loss of everything in his life. It's a classic story of pain and loss with a great ending.
What this podcast will show you is that the book is much more than a story, but the true story of a man who went through unbelievable pain for no apparent reason, who endured the accusations and tormenting from his friends, and who finally was confronted with God himself.
This podcast answers many questions including who is Satan? What about people who never hear about God? Do people live after they die? Did people in the Old Testament believe that? How do we comfort others (and ourselves) when we suffer?
Listen and be challenged and comforted.
How did we get here?
Is God real and what is He like?
What messed things up?
Who is Satan and what power does he have?
Why do innocent people suffer? Not just Job, all Genesis characters. Why me?
What does God want from us?
That's what we are going to start to cover in this series, but before that in the podcast below we are going to go over the presuppositions that undergird the teaching for this podcast.
Because our presuppositions determine our conclusions—you should know mine.
We'll also look at time and eternity, how God can see the beginning from the end, look at an interesting chart of how long the Patriarchs lived and much more.
Along with losing weight, getting more done, simplifying your life and other commendable goals, is reading through the Bible one of your resolutions for the year?
If so, I’d like to share a way for you to do it that will change your life more significantly than any diet will!
Hi I’m Yvon Prehn and Welcome to bible 805!
Today we’re going t to talk about…..
The Six Benefits of reading (or listening to) the Bible in Chronological order, and probably why you haven’t done it
There are many ways to read through the Bible each year—but there is one that is by far the BEST way to do it (and I’ll be going into the reasons why it’s best shortly) and that is to read through the Bible in Chronological order. That means to read the books (or parts in some cases) in the order they happened, not the order you find them in the Bible.
Don’t worry about figuring that order out—I’ve got schedules you can download to do it and I’ll be doing podcasts in the coming year to guide you through it.
But for now, since reading through the Bible in Chronological order is a somewhat daunting task, it's worth asking why do it?
Please go to https://wp.me/pazrJD-3w for the answers!
Church Councils formalized the Canon of the 66 books of scripture but the CANON had been determined by God and accepted by the people of God long before Councils.
But just because the canon was decided that didn’t mean ordinary people could read it. The Primary Bible for centuries was Jerome’s Latin Vulgate
Most people couldn’t read and even if they did, fewer and fewer spoke Latin.
Because they were hand-copied, books very expensive to reproduce
But things changed with increased literacy, the printing press, economic growth, and the Reformation changed everything and that’s what this podcast is about.
Additional materials, quotes of early plus a chart of the various translations are below are at the Bible 805 website here: https://wp.me/pazrJD-39
Even Bible scholars admit lots of other books were written at the time the Bible documents were written, how do we know we have the right ones in our Bible?
Didn’t a group of church leaders get together at a council or something and just make a decision on that?
To answer, first let’s review what we’ve done so far.
We started with looking at ancient manuscripts, dating them—the foundation for all other truth claims.
Then, we looked at scriptures of other religions that have little to no verification based on history and truth and in contrast, how the Christian faith is both historical and evidential.
We then looked at the historical anchors (or lack thereof in the case of non-canonical books) for the Old Testament, Apocrypha, New Testament, and the Gnostic Gospels
In this lesson we are going to look at Canonicity, how we got the 66 books we have in our Bibles and in addition to that we’ll look at translations and what is the best one to read.
Additional materials are on the Bible 805 website at: https://wp.me/pazrJD-2W
The New Testament is a reliable historical record of Jesus and the early Christian church.
For purposes of our time and study, we will focus primarily on what these documents tell us about Jesus—we don’t have time to do more and honestly, if what they tell us about Jesus can’t be trusted, the rest really doesn’t matter.
To do that we will first establish the historical reliability of New Testament documents
Then we’ll look at New Testament non-canonical writings, particularly the Gnostic “gospels”
These documents are much more dangerous than OT Apocrypha which was not inspired scripture, but still talked about the same God—these documents present a distorted image of the Jesus of history, far from the real Jesus who is the only Savior.
Additional materials (including a complete copy of a PowerPoint presentation on this) and copies of some of the gnostic texts are on the Bible 805 website at: https://wp.me/pazrJD-2g
If the Bible is supposed to be historically accurate, what about the books some Bibles have in between the Old Testament and New Testament?
Are they historically reliable? Why aren’t they in all Bibles?
Today we’ll answer those questions in this podcast.
In our last lesson we looked at how the Old Testament is tied to real history and real geography.
This week we’ll look at the Apocrypha to see if it meets the same tests. We’ll look at what it is and how it came about.
As you’ll see it’s part of a bigger story that includes a history of the Septuagint—more than a scholarly term, this was the Bible of Jesus and Paul—a Greek translation of the Old Testament that was translated about the same time as the Apocrypha. But we can’t confuse the two because the Septuagint is a translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew to Greek and the books of the Apocrypha are not considered divinely inspired because the reasons we cover in the podcast.
Images of some explanatory slides, are on the Bible 805 website at: https://wp.me/pazrJD-2g
After listening to our last podcast on the historical uniqueness of the Christian Bible….you may be thinking….. BIG CLAIMS there, but can you prove your theory?
Does secular history REALLY anchor the stories in the Bible in real history?
Not only does secular history anchor the stories in real history, but we have many exciting examples to share as I answer those questions today with Lesson #4: Old Testament: Overview and Historical Anchors.
In this podcast we’ll go through some of the major events of the Old Testament and discuss the archaeological finds that anchor them to true times, places, events.
Images of some of the archaeological artifacts, are on the Bible 805 website at: https://wp.me/pazrJD-1W
In our last podcast we talked about how history helps us determine the truth of Biblical documents. And if that’s so doesn’t history do the same for all religions?
• Why do Christians think their sacred books are any different than the sacred scripture of other religion?
• Aren’t they all the same anyway, slightly different messages, but all leading to the same God?
• Hi, I’m Yvon Prehn and welcome to Bible 805! This is part of our series on Truth & History
• Today we’re going to talk about…..The Historical Uniqueness
of the Christian Bible
• The questions I asked in the intro are incredibly important because as we showed last time (and please take time to listen to that podcast if you haven’t already) history provides an anchor to tie what we believed to what is true in what religious texts say with actual events in the world outside the religious texts.
• I called them historical anchors.
• If the anchors exist, it may not be final proof, but it is a good foundation for the validity of faith.
• In this podcast, which is significantly longer than the ones we’ve done so far, we are going to look at these major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism, Islam, and Christianity.
• For each one, we will look at a brief overview of the religion—With an focus on their plan of SALVATION—the “what’s in it for me” of the religion, how to find meaning in this life, life after death.
• The SCRIPTURES upon which the religion and these beliefs are based, including the history of their sacred documents and a brief analysis of the historical anchors they provide.
• Finally and perhaps the most important of all: each religion’s SAVIOR—do they have one? And also their VIEW OF JESUS. All religions agree he lived, but have very different accounts of who he was and what he did, which account is accurate based on what history tells us outside the sacred documents.
• From this overview, I trust you’ll see the Historical Uniqueness of the Christian Bible and though trust in that is not all that is needed for a saving faith in Jesus, I hope it at least helps you understand that all religions are not alike and encourages you to explore them further because your life now and eternal destiny depend on your decisions.
Isn’t the Bible full of errors? Hasn’t it been copied so many times nobody has any idea what the original was? HOW can history help us decide what’s true and what isn’t?
Answering those questions is what this podcast is about.
As I was thinking about it, I realized history is like an anchor. Just as an anchor keeps a ship from floating off in any direction, so too, history can help tie what we believe to what happened in the real world, outside the pages of a sacred text.
To continue the analogy, history helps answer questions like:
**When were the scriptures written?
**Who wrote them?
**Where were they written?
These answers form a historical links in the chain of the anchor that goes from the real world to the text we have today.
But how does history answer these questions?
Finding the links in the chain, the answers to our questions isn’t difficult or scholarly and hard to understand. History is straightforward at its core and by looking at what was found with ancient documents in elements as simple as the pottery that the scrolls were stored in and the coins left around them, plus looking at what the scribes used as writing materials and how they wrote it’s easy to identify when they were written.
For these answers and other questions relating to how history can help us determine truth—listen to the podcast.
For a chart of the number of manuscripts discussed in the podcast and for more information on it, go to: http://www.bible805.com.
Was Jesus a zombie?
Welcome to Bible 805 and this special podcast in honor of the Halloween season. Please understand, there is no irreverence or shock value intended with this question. It was an honestly asked question from someone who was totally unfamiliar with church and we’ll answer it today.
When you think about it calmly, with the viewpoint of someone outside the church,"Was Jesus a Zombie?" really is a very good question because the only conception many people have today of a person who has come back from the dead is a zombie. So when someone hears Jesus came back from the dead, that's immediately what they think about. To honor that question, this podcast will explore an answer.
How do we know what’s True?
More than ever it’s an important question.
Fake news, conflicting viewpoints, how do we know what to believe?
On one level if the confusion over truth were just confined to the political realm, one option would be to block the media noise, wait for the next election cycle, and hope things will get better.
But we can’t do that in all of life. Our individual lives, those we love, our eternal future--the issues that impact these areas don't change every few years and to help you make wise decisions in the truly important areas of life, I've started this podcast.
And to begin the Podcast I have a very important foundational topic: What is Truth?
Please listen for an introduction to the podcast and then a discussion of Truth and how History can help us set a true foundation for what we believe.