In his recent
sermon talk on Scripture, in which he rejects ‘the Bible told me so’ Christianity Stanley is presenting a false dichotomy. He pits the Bible as a unified and truthful whole against its parts. He pits the truthfulness of the Bible against the truthful eyewitness testimony found in Scripture.
This false dichotomy which seeks to reject inerrancy in general and the Old Testament in particular is contrary to the eyewitness writings found in the New Testament. Towards the end of his message, he argues that Peter would not cite the Bible as the grounds of belief but rather his first hand experience. Peter disagrees:
Forgetting the first thing
The resurrection of Jesus is vitally important, but apart from the prediction of it in the Old Testament and the explanation of its significance in the New Testament it would be an event without any real meaning to us. We know what was accomplished in the death and resurrection of Jesus because the Bible, both testaments, tells us so. Paul is highlighting the vital importance of the resurrection gives primacy to the Old Testament scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15 when he says: