Heartland Church Pastor Joel Spiridigliozzi - You Can't Take the Bible Literally

Heartland Church Pastor Joel Spiridigliozzi preached Part 4 of his sermon series titled 'The Reason For God'. This week's sermon title is 'You Can't Take the Bible Literally'. The sermon notes are below.

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


"You can't take the Bible literally because it is historically unreliable."


1. The timing is far too early for the gospels to be legends

-over 500 eyewitness accounts at one time of Jesus appearing after He rose from the dead

-Paul letters were written 15-25 years after Jesus' death

2. The content is too counterproductive for the gospels to be legends

-If you were maiing up a legend you would not have a leader who gets crucified as those were the worst criminals of all

-You wouldn't hilite the faults of the disciples if you were making up a legend

-You wouldn't have women as the first people to see Jesus after he rose from the dead

3. The literary form of the gospel is too detailed to be legend

-For example, Scriptures says that Jesus was sitting on a cushion in the boat when the wind overtook it and the disciples were scared

-Scripture also says that Peter was about 100 meters from shore when he swam in to greet Jesus

-Scripture say they caught 153 fish when Jesus told them to put their nets on the other side of the boat

4. There is too much manuscript evidence for the gospel to be legend

-There are MANY more original manuscripts and MUCH less time between the first date written and the earliest manuscript copies than books like Homer's Iliad, Plato and Demosthenes writings, and numerous other historical books.

The Bible is Unique

1. Unique in its continuity

-Written in 3 languages, over about 1500 years, by 40+ authors on 3 continents

2. Unique in its circulation

-It staggers the mind to discover that the number of Bibles sold reaches into the billions!

3. Unique in its translation

-Worldwide, no other book in history has been translated, retranslated, and paraphrased more than the Bible.

-Translated into 2200+ languages

4. Unique in its survival

-Jesus was right when he said, "Heavens and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." (Mark 13:31)

Six Ways to get a "GRASP" on your Bible

1. Hear the Bible

-Go to church and hear the Bible preached

2. Read the Bible

3. Study the Bible

4. Memorize the Bible

5. Meditate the Bible

6. Apply the Bible

Do you trust the Bible enough to let it speak to you?

Only if your God can say things that outrage you and make you struggle (as in a real friendship or marriage!) will you know that you have gotten hold of a real God and not a figment of your imagination. SO an authoritative Bible is not the enemy of a personal relationship with God. It is the precondition for it.

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