Has Bart Ehrman discredited the New Testament?

An important debate between Bart Ehrman, who wrote that the New Testament is not reliable. He speaks with Daniel Wallace, who is perhaps the leading authority when it comes to collating manuscripts of the Greek Testament and digitizing them so that people world-wide have access to the oldest copies of the New Testament.

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  1. Gary,

    Ehrman is clearly an apostate such as John describes – “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. ” (1 Jn 2:19)

    I also think that in rationalistic debates such as this that an acknowledgment of the activity of God in revealing Himself to man is missing. God is not an idle spectator leaving Himself to the intellect of man alone to hear and understand His Word. Coming to faith in Christ and understanding and trusting in His Word begins with God.

    Ehrman is a Bible expert/scholar. And as to Ehrman “hearing,” but not hearing and believing – Jesus said,
    “You do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (Jn 10:26-27) And Paul, addresses the cleverness of such debaters when he writes,
    “For it is written,
    “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
    AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”
    20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
    21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.
    22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;
    23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,
    24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
    25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Co 1:19–25)

    The writer of Hebrews perhaps addresses the main presupposition we should have when seeking God (Ehrman denies having any) when he says – “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Heb 11:6).

    Ehrman seeks to strengthen his arguments by stating that his is the position of most Bible scholars. Unfortunately, I may have to concede the point. But this is what we should expect since in Jesus own words the “many” reject His Word while the “few” trust it. (Mt. 7:13-14) This is one instance where I’m glad to be identified with the few. Ten thousand lemmings can’t be wrong! Can they?


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