Ephesians 6: 10-16 NASB, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
We’ve all read this passage right? We know that life is a spiritual battle and we need to be armed with truth, righteousness and all of these things. This is a vital truth and one we need to heed. But we also live in a world where skepticism reigns and academic challenges to Christianity are presented regularly. So how can we ready to respond when those arguments arise?
I think the solution is being informed so that we have an answer. We cannot afford to remain ignorant. We need to not only be armed as Scripture says, but there are things that I think are crucial for us to understand about the Bible itself and the 66 books in it so that our faith is not shaken by claims about the texts and so that we can respond to skepticism from atheists and academics like Bart Ehrman, Muslims and others.
That is why I want to direct you to a series of lectures Dr. James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries gave at Grace Bible Church in Massachusetts. I’ve been listening to this series on my commute and it contains must hear information. I realize not everyone cares to listen to podcasts, but I do hope you’ll make an exception in this case to hear what Dr. White has to say about how the Bible was transmitted and recorded, its place in antiquity, to critics of the text (those who say it has errors in it), how many “textual variants” matter, and the differences between the transmission of the biblical texts and the transmission of the Koran.