Q. I just watched a TV series that tried to link historical records and archaeology findings to the old testament’s first five books. They interviewed prominent scholars from well known Universities. Their conclusions are deeply troubling for me. The program tried to prove that the Bible has little factual history and many of its accounts are nothing more than folktales and myths. How can we Christians rebuke these outrageous theories?
A. Several cable TV networks periodically run Bible themed programs to draw a Christian audience then devote most of their program time trying to disprove the Bible. They often interview liberal scholars in an effort to give themselves more credibility. This kind of deception has been around in one form or another for over 100 years and began with the publication of “the Documentary Hypothesis” that claimed Moses didn’t write the first 5 books of the Bible but that they were pieced together from various other writings over a long period of time.
The Documentary Hypothesis gave birth to liberal theology that now denies much of the Bible’s accuracy and authority. Many main line denominational seminaries began teaching this heresy and the result has been a steady decline in denominational membership that continues to this day, because Bible believing Christians have consistently rejected it. Therefore they’ve done themselves more harm than good.
The best way to rebuke these things is to realize that they were prophesied long ago in places like 1 Tim. 4:1-2, 2 Tim. 3:1-5, 2 Tim. 4:3-4, 2 Peter 3:3-7 and others as signs that the end of the age is upon us. Then stop watching them.