Questions based on the text, Bible Based Hermeneutics, Introduction pp 5-8. Note: If you have not learned to use your mental abilities to reason before now, this is your opportunity.
1. Do you believe that one of Satan’s tactic is and always has been to confuse or prevent God’s message from being received by mankind?
Yes ____ No ____.
2. Provide a short answer for how Satan did this in the following periods in history:
a) In the Garden of Eden with Eve?
b) In the temptations of Jesus? (Analyze the following three verses to help you answer this question.)
And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread” (Luke 4:3).
And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for [this] has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours” (Luke 6-7).
Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. “For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you,’ “and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone’ “ (Luke 9-1).
3. Do you believe Satan worked through the Catholic Church by discouraging its people from reading the Church owned copies of the Bible in Latin, which few people could read except its priests from about 400 to 1400 AD? Your opinion, Yes ____ No _____.
4. Do you believe Satan worked behind the Age of Reason (Enlightenment) circa 1685-1815 that radically reoriented European politics, philosophy, science and literature, including God’s Word that was then available in many languages? (Do a short research project of your own by using the Internet, to become familiar with this period. Start with,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment and, https://bible.org/article/liberalism.) Your opinion, Yes ____ No _____.
5. Conservative Evangelical Theologians vigorously defended the authority and revelation of God’s Word throughout the the late 19th and 20th Century. Their arguments were successful and still stand as Scripturally solid today. Why does this author think they were not successful in defending Divine authorship and God’s inspiration of all Scripture?
6. Explain the difference between “author” and “writer” in your own words. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
7. Fill in the missing word in this sentence. Bible Based Hermeneutics takes the position that ______________ word used in ________________ passage of Scripture must be studied to determine God’s meaning. Cite the four criteria FBR suggests for determining word meanings before making an interpretation.
8. What other essential component does the author state as being imperative for the interpretation or exposition of any passage of Scripture?
9. What does the author state is the primary criteria for determining word meanings in Scripture?
10. Observing the five Technical Tools described by FBR as those needing to be developed for the Church to know exactly what God’s Word means, which is the foundation?
11. Are there any of those projects that you believe you might be Called by God to help become a reality? If not now, perhaps after you complete this course. If so, which one?
Questions based on the Foreword, Preface, and Chapter One of, The Battle for the Bible.
1. Dr. Harold Lindsell authored this book as a defense of the theological position of ____________________, which claims the Bible is _____________ and error-free in all details of history, science, and literature as well as moral and theological issues.
2. This position was in sharp contrast to that held by many evangelical leaders in the 19th Century church who followed liberal positions that had originated in The Enlightenment. Those leaders accepted the position that the Bible should only be accepted as true when it dealt with ________________________, but was subject to errors in other areas of life.
3. Dr. Lindsell was convinced that the Bible is “the only true and dependable source for ________________________.” Our very knowledge of God’s existence is dependent on the veracity of God’s ___________________ given to man in the Scriptures.
4. Do you personally believe that the Bible is fully or only partially trustworthy? Answer this question to yourself. If you think that the Bible cannot be trusted in any subject to which it speaks, how do you determine which subject that is?
5. Which of these following sources would you trust if they stated a position in opposition to what the Bible says? Check any of those that you would trust above the Bible:
a. Secular Scientists ___
b. Secular Historians ___
c. Politicians ___
d. Any Theologians or Religious leaders ___
e. Secular Humanists ___
f. Satan or Demons ___
g. Visions, Dreams, or Vocal Messages ___
h. None of the above ___
6. Finally, if you do not trust that the Bible (as it exists in the original manuscripts of the Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic languages) is absolutely true and without error, why would you study biblical hermeneutics (the study of the systematic analysis of interpreting the text of the Bible)?