27 May 2013

Reliability of the Old Testament


WHEN we talk about credibility and reliability of the Old Testament text, what we are establishing here is the textual accuracy and the historical reliability of the Scriptures. Textual accuracy of the Old Testament text has shown in at least in four major ways:

(1)   The accuracy of the textual transmission (the accuracy of the copying process down through history).
(2)   Bibliographical evidences.
(3)   Internal evidences.
(4)   External evidences.

Historical reliability is being an accurate source for the historical events it reports. The Bible has been shown to be historically reliable and credible in at least two major ways:

(1)      Through historical and even geographical accuracy of biblical accounts (the confirmation of the Bible by hard evidences uncovered through archeology.
(2)      Through documentary evidences uncovered through archeology.

Are the Old Testament documents reliable? 

Let us now examine the evidences that prove the integrity, credibility and reliability of the Old Testament text.

17 May 2013

Felix Y. Manalo When and Why He Changed His Name


BROTHER FELIX Y. Manalo was born "Felix Manalo Ysagun." His father was Mariano Ysagun and his mother was Bonifacia Manalo. However, he changed his name into "Felix Ysagun Manalo." When and why he changed his name?

12 May 2013

Exposing Falsehood to Arrive At Biblical Truth

Exposing Falsehoods To Arrive At Biblical Truth


The ultimate purpose of the true minister of God is to 
"set forth the truth plainly" without distortion - to preach the truth 
and condemn the untruth

IN EXPOSING THE truth, Iglesia ni Cristo ministers cite the Bible against specific beliefs and practices held and observed by other religions. This manner of expounding biblical teachings branded by some as “combative” and perceived as “blistering attacks” against other religions. Thus, it usually elicit negative remarks against Iglesia Ni Cristo ministers and members alike.

Critics believe and frankly suggest that the Iglesia ni Cristo ministers should only preach Church doctrines without mentioning other faiths. They do not understand why ministers have to condemn beliefs alien to the Holy Scriptures.

However, the impression that Iglesia ni Cristo ministers intentionally offend others is totally unfounded. They only expose unscriptural teachings and practices of other religions without the intention of maligning, insulting, or degrading persons or personalities. Statements about other religions are uttered with the specific purpose of presenting the truth, one way of which is by exposing contradictions between religious doctrines and biblical teachings.

Why do the true Christians have to denounce teachings that contradict the Bible? Would it not suffice that the Christians just preach their faith, and avoid touching other faiths?

05 May 2013

Are Aocryphal Books Canonical?


THE Old Testament canon is consists of 39 books only. These 39 books are those recognized as “canonical” or those books which are regarded as divinely inspired. However, there were great numbers of Jewish literature that composed and circulated during the intertestamental period (the period between the Old testament and the New Testament which is about 400 years) and up to the first century A.D.

These extra-canonical books or Jewish literatures are known as “Apocrypha.” The Roman Catholic Church inculded these to their Old Testament and declared them as canonical and equal of the 39  books of the Old testament. This is the reason why the Old Testament of the Roman Catholic Church is consists of 46 books.

What is the meaning of the term “Apocrypha”? Why these extra-canonical books are called Apocrypha? Is the Roman Catholic Church right to include these books to the Old Testament canon?

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