By Guy Roberson
How Do We Know The Bible Is True?
This is certainly an appropriate question because everything about the Christian faith depends on the truthfulness of the Bible. The Bible is the source of our knowledge about Christianity and if it is false then Christians are in a world of hurt. While the Bible is the “best-selling, most quoted, most published, most circulated, most translated, most influential book in the history of mankind” it remains one of the most controversial. Far too many go through life wondering if the Bible is factual or a fraud and do not take the time to determine if it is true.
You need to know there is much more evidence that the Bible is true than you may realize at first. The word Bible is from the root word “biblos” which is the Greek term for “Book.” The whole collection of the biblical books came be known as “ta biblia” the Greek term used in 2 Tim. 4:13. The Bible is actually 66 books written by 40 different authors from all walks of life and from different locations and written over a period of approximately 1500 years as God progressively revealed His Word to those men. Each author was guided by the Holy Spirit as Peter and Paul both explained the process (2 Peter 1:21 and 2 Tim. 3:16-17). Even though written by many authors over such a long period of time the Bible tells one story of God’s plan of salvation for all of mankind that culminated in Jesus Christ and thereby shows literary consistency and a marvelous, unified whole.
There are many other lines of evidence for the Bible. For example we have manuscript evidence that provides more copies of the biblical manuscripts, with remarkable consistency between them, than there are for any of the classics like Plato, Aristotle and Socrates. F.F. Bruce said in his book, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? “There is no body of ancient literature in the world which enjoys such a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament.”
Today, it is extremely difficult for the honest skeptic to dispute the overwhelming archeological evidence for the historical accuracy of both the Old and New Testaments. When the truth of Scripture is challenged by skeptics, archaeology can be used to demonstrate that the people, places, and events of the Bible are real. The more they dig the more proof is produced that the Bible is accurate in that which has been recorded. Yes, the scholars are found to be wrong over and over again while the Bible is proven to be accurate.
Fulfilled prophecy is additional evidence for the reliability of the Bible. Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events-in detail-many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. However, not any of the so-called religious books such as the Hindu Vedas, the Quran, the Book of Mormon, etc. contain any specific, fulfilled prophecies as the Bible. Many passages in the Bible predict future events in great detail—events that were future to the writers but are now in our past. For example, in Daniel 2 a prophecy predicted the next three world empires (up to and including the Roman Empire) and their falls. If the Bible were not inspired by God, how could its mere human writers possibly have known about events to take place hundreds of years in the future?
This article has not exhausted the evidence to prove that the Bible is true. I pray that your appetite for truth and righteousness will spur you to do more research on your own. As I close this let me urge you to consider how the message of the Bible has changed lives throughout history. The writers of the Bible seem to know us better than we know ourselves. That is because the message of the Bible is living and active (Heb. 4:12) because it was revealed by the living and loving Creator God and is in sharp contrast to the idolatrous religions of the past and the empty philosophies of today. The Bible meets the deepest needs of man: the need for a Savior who by grace and love will save and change those who obey Him (Heb. 5:9). Nothing can change lives like the message of the Bible. Laws can’t change human hearts. Jesus said it best in John 8:31-32, “If you abide in my Word, then you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (NKJV).
If the Bible isn’t infallible, inerrant, and flawless then men and women don’t have anything to change their lives for the better and guide them to eternity with a heavenly Father. That means that all life is pointless.
Devotional by Guy Roberson
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