To the Editor:
A recent letter to the editor by Don Mast (May 16) said, “We must always trust our sources of information,” but then he questions the reliability of the Bible. The Bible is the most well-substantiated historical book in existence, with 5,600 copies of the New Testament dating from within 100 years of writing.
In comparison, there are seven copies of Plato from within in 1,200 years of his writing and 643 copies of Homer’s Iliad from within 500 years of writing. People don’t question these other books’ historical accuracy, so why the Bible?
Don also writes that “none of the writers of the New Testament were eyewitnesses to the life of Jesus.” However, Matthew, John and Peter were all Jesus’ disciples and James, Jesus’ own brother, was another eyewitness author. Don also says that the Bible “was written by man with all of his biases,” but 2 Timothy 3:16 says “all Scripture is breathed out by God.” The Bible is a divinely inspired book written through men by God himself.
Finally, it is not that Jesus had no intention of overthrowing the law. In fact, Jesus said, “I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17) Jesus fulfilled the divine requirement of the law. He did what we couldn’t. He wasn’t defeated and crucified for insurrection, he laid down his own life for us because of his great love for us and was vindicated by the Father, who raised him from the dead. Jesus was victorious.
Chris and Katie Yoars