Where does the Bible come from?
That can be an awkward question. It belongs in the "Where___come from?" set. Daddy, where do babies come from? Tamayo, where does your last name come from? Where does the Bible come from?
So many folks never even think about it. The Bible just is. Folks assume it descended from heaven or was dug up from beneath the earth, but it wasn't. There are books that make those claims, but the Bible isn't one of them.
In Athanasius' De Incarnatione Verbi Dei, he says that the Scriptures "were written and inspired by God." Now, if that isn't a slam dunk argument, I don't know what is.
That is, given that you trust Athanasius, the fourth century bishop from Alexandria. If you don't already trust Athanasius, I guess I didn't help you. But I do think that trust in a person must be the ultimate source for our trust in the Bible.
Modern apologetics assumed that impersonal was authoritative. Apologists would try to get you to trust the Bible first, then trust Jesus. Some found this approach helpful. Some still do. Most don't.
What if we ran the other way around the circle? What if you started by trusting Jesus? If you trusted Jesus and he trusted the Bible (at least, the parts that were written when he was here in the flesh), you'd probably trust the Bible.
Postmodern apologetics assumes that impersonal can't be authoritative. (Thank God he's a personal God!) We won't hang our hats on abstract ideas. We can be convinced to trust people. (We can, reall, I swear, trust me)
The need to trust a person (Jesus) before trusting the Bible creates a few problems, about which I'll be blogging over the next coupla days:
1) The scandal of particularity
2) Roots, shoots and ladders
3) The experiential echo chamber