The Authority of the Bible

One of the most popular articles I’ve written is on the deutero-Isaiah hypothesis — the rather silly idea Isaiah didn’t actually write the book with his name on it.

John quotes from both halves of Isaiah, and attributes them to Isaiah. So who wrote Isaiah? Isaiah did.

Some people don’t like God’s Word, and express their God-denial in not-so-nice terms.

…it is patently obvious to me that you are no student of the text at all. In fact, it is more apparent that you’ve performed no scholarship at all. In fact, you are merely poorly echoing on bits and pieces of feeble literature on divine inspiration and divine authorship. … You could have at least honored the school of higher criticism with a dignified, scholarly, and well-reasonsed honest approach. But you didn’t do that either. Sheesh! I’d be embarrassed.

As I’ve said before, if someone came to me with the theory the moon is made of cheese, should I (we) spend time honoring their theory with a dignified, scholarly, well-reasoned rebuttal of moon-cheese?

Hardly (in reality, moon-cheese proponents have a better argument than deutero-Isaiah fans).

With all due respect, your argument is total garbage. It’s premises are naive and its conclusions are weak. Many of the theologians who believe in the Deutero-Isaiah theory are confessing Christians who espouse belief in the theory because almost all of the evidence that we have ...

Most of these negative comments don’t contribute much, and contain errors.

  • Argument from majority — “everyone believes it”
  • Personal attacks — “you’re stupid”
  • Argument from authority — “smart people believe it”

The last one is funny. For you (ahem) youth-challenged people, remember this Camel ad?

The tag line: more doctors smoke Camels, than any other cigarette. Surely you take the word of a doctor, don’t you?

One person buried in the quagmire who actually did something beside make snarky comments brought up a valid point which is worth addressing (as opposed to moon-cheese).

Isaiah is proven to be the sole author of the book by John saying so? Using the Bible to prove the Bible is a brazen exercise in circular reasoning.

That displays a common misunderstanding of the Bible. What is that major, yet simple, error?

The Bible isn’t one book — it’s 66 books written by dozens of authors over thousands of years.

Nobody would argue otherwise … and yet … they do.

The Bible compiles many authors writings over thousands of years. It speaks with a single voice, but most definitely is not a single book.

When John speaks of Isaiah, it’s the same as Lincoln speaking of Washington.

What they subtly miss when stating the Bible is one book — it’s an admission a single theme runs through it, almost as if a silent spirit guided these guys while writing.

Wow.

Trying to claim the Bible as one book shows two things:

  1. Liberals don’t understand the Bible. Perhaps they should study a bit of history.
  2. Liberals admit a singular theme exists — as if the writings were guided by the Holy Spirit.

Don’t get caught up in their mistakes. The Bible speaks with one voice, but it is not one book.

For that reason, when John mentions Isaiah as the author, it’s not circular reasoning, it’s credible testimony and evidence.

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