“Why Believe the Bible?”

The Bible itself claims not to be just the words of men, but the Word of God.

At first glance, this would appear to be a circular reference, reviewing the Bible to determine why we should believe what it has to say. Nonetheless, we will take this opportunity to observe a few facts, placing them in the context of “What does the Bible say about it?”

The Bible itself claims not to be just the words of men, but the Word of God. In the Old Testament alone, these words occur over 4,000 times:

  • “God said,”
  • “God spoke,”
  • “The Word of the Lord came to me,”

seven hundred times in the first five books, forty times in one chapter. Hundreds of years later, in the New Testament, Paul wrote:

2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

But the greatest statement was made by Jesus Himself:

John 17:17 (NASB)
17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

What are some compelling reasons for us to believe the Bible is God’s Word and is true?

  • It is historically reliable.
    • The Bible is not just one book, it is sixty-six books
    • The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years
    • The Bible was written by forty different authors
      • Living on three different continents
      • Speaking three different languages
      • Writing on many controversial topics
      • Yet they all wrote on one theme
      • And they all said exactly the same thing
    • From Genesis through Revelation there is a golden thread running through every book of the Bible telling the story of
      • How man fell
      • How God wants man to be redeemed to Him
      • How a blood sacrifice is necessary to pay for sin
      • How Jesus is that perfect sacrifice, redeeming man
    • The Bible is a collection of historical manuscripts
      • Written closer to the actual events than many of today’s other widely accepted historical documents
        • Julius Caesar – the earliest manuscript is 1,000 years after he lived and there are only a handful of those
        • Plato – the earliest manuscript is 1,300 years after he lived and there are only seven of those
        • Homer – the earliest manuscript is 500 years after he lived and there are only 643 of those
        • Homer’s Iliad is the most well supported, overwhelmingly confirmed, ancient text in the world, next to the Bible
        • The New Testament alone has over 5,300 Greek manuscripts, the earliest of which is just 35 years after the last book of the New testament was written
        • The Old Testament was provided additional support with the Dead Sea Scrolls
          • Discovered in 1947
          • Date back to 150BC, just 200 years after the last recorded event in the Old Testament
          • Contain fragments of every book
          • Contain the complete book of Isaiah
          • The text lines up 99.87% with what is in today’s Bibles
        • When taking into account the Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin documents
          • There are over 40,000 manuscripts that contain the Bible
          • Scholars believe we have 99.5% of the original manuscripts
      • No other historical book can make these claims
      • No archeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference, rather they continue to confirm historical statements found in the Bible
  • It is scientifically realistic
    • Many of the principles of modern science and medicine that are practiced today were recorded as facts of nature in the Bible, thousands of years ago
    • 1,500 years ago, people thought the world was flat, the Bible says it is round, or a sphere

Isaiah 40:22 (NASB)
22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

  • In ancient times, doctors saw no need for washing their hands when operating on people, resulting in a high mortality rate in the early days of surgery, the Bible says

Leviticus 15:13 (NASB)
13 ‘Now when the man with the discharge becomes cleansed from his discharge, then he shall count off for himself seven days for his cleansing; he shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in running water and will become clean.

  • It is prophetically right
    • No other book on the planet can match the staggering accuracy of foretelling future events like the Bible
    • 30% of the Bible is prophecy
    • In hundreds of instances, the prophecy is fulfilled hundreds of years after the one who wrote the prophecy has died
    • In the Old Testament alone, there are over 2,000 prophecies that have already come to pass
  • It is personally relevant
    • The first two chapters of the Bible answer the question “How did I get here?”
    • The third chapter of the Bible answers the question
      “What messed everything up?”
    • The rest of the Bible answers the question
      ”What is the solution?”

There are no questions about your life, that matter, which the Bible cannot answer. That claim cannot be made about any other book on Earth.

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