Thursday, July 22, 2010

Why We Believe the Bible: MP3 Series by John Piper

In this 5-part audio seminar, Pastor John Piper teaches on the Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Authority of the Bible. This is from Piper’s website here. Notes for this seminar can be viewed here.

Why We Believe the Bible:
Part 1 MP3 | Part 2 MP3 | Part 3 MP3 | Part 4 MP3 | Part 5 MP3


What was last year’s post? See here.


  1. bossmanham July 22, 2010

    I'll give these a listen. I have often thought that we believe in the Bible because we believe in Christ. Christ's teaching is the reason we hold the Bible to be inerrant and infallible.

  2. Ex N1hilo July 23, 2010


    That appears to be one of Dr, Piper's main points, especially as it related to the historicity of the OT accounts and the authority of the OT as the word of God, and of the NT as the faithful passing on of Christ's teachings through the ministries of the apostles.

    All Christians,

    Listen to these lectures. This is the kind of teaching that is vital for our understanding of every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, which is our food. We are far too ignorant as the people of God of the word itself, how we got it, how we can know that we have received it accurately, the self-authenticating nature of the word of God–because it is the word of God–the subsequent authority it has in our lives and in this world because it is the word of God.

    I love the points Piper makes about how the Bible makes more sense than anything out there, and about how it's the only thing that can consistently make sense of our condition as fallen men and of the world we live in.

    There's a lot of solid meat here. Don't miss it.

  3. Stu July 25, 2010

    Here are the REAL reasons:

    Childhood indoctrination
    Emotional appeal
    A lifetime of conditioning
    Community reinforcement
    Confirmation bias
    Cognitive dissonance
    Belief perseverance, i.e., the fallibility of the human mind

  4. Russell July 26, 2010

    Hi Stu,

    I think some of the points you made are relevant to many Christians. However, i think you are forgetting the many Christians who follow the Bible for genuine reasons. For the message it presents and the morality it enforces. In fact, I would be willing to guess that you hold to a moral code that is very similar to the one outlined in the Bible. Most people do. If you disagree with me, I would love to know what some of your views on morality are.

  5. Seth July 27, 2010

    R.C. Sproul has a good 4 or 5 part series called, "The Bible and Apologetics."

    It can be downloaded from his Renewing Your Mind podcast.

  6. Brian July 27, 2010

    Thanks, Seth.