“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      • Written closer to the actual events than many of today’s other widely accepted historical documents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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“Will the World End December 21, 2012?”

It seems like every generation has one or more groups preparing for the “end of the world.” Many times these groups amount to nothing more than a small cult; however, other times these groups are rather large and composed of Christians led by a charismatic individual.

It seems like every generation has one or more groups preparing for the “end of the world.” Many times these groups amount to nothing more than a small cult; however, other times these groups are rather large and composed of Christians led by a charismatic individual.

William Miller
William Miller

One such group followed the teachings of William Miller, a prosperous farmer, Baptist layman, and an amature student of the Bible. His followers became known as the Millerites. Miller predicted the Second Coming of Christ (ushering in the end of the world as we know it) to be somewhere between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844. When March 21, 1844 came and went without incident, the date was revised to April 18, 1844, which also came and went without incident. Once again the date was revised to October 22, 1844, ending in the same result, which became known as The Great Disapointment. Many of the Millerites had to rebuild their lives since they had forsaken everything in anticipation of the event. The group split into three (3) sects, with one of those surviving today and known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Mayan Long Count Calendar
Mayan Long Count Calendar

One might ask, “That is all very interesting; but, what does this have to do with the year 2012?” Many people around the globe, Christian and non-Christian alike, believe the world as we know it, will come to an end in the year 2012, or more specifically, on December 21, 2012. This belief is based upon the Mayan Long Count Calendar.

December 21, 2012 is the end date of a 5,125 year cycle in the Mayan Long Count Calendar. Despite mainstream scholarship to the contrary, there are many who believe that date marks the beginning of a series of major catastrophies, which will plague the Earth and potentially bring about its destruction. The question is, “Who is right?” Will the world end or will December 22, 2012 be just another day? It depends upon whom you believe. In any event, we will not know until December 21, 2012 arrives.

More importantly, what should Christians prepare for? What does the Bible say about it?

Shortly after Jesus’ ressurection, many of His disciples believed He was about to usher in a new era.

Acts 1:6-7 (NASB)
6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;

Jesus said we will not know the time. Furthermore, it will catch us by surprise.

Matthew 24:36-44 (NASB)
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 “Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

Christians and non-Christians alike will be going about their daily lives and at an unexpected time, the Christians will be taken and the non-Christians will be left behind. Therefore, we must remain alert and continue to encourage one another as the day approaches.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

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Share with others what Jesus has done for you.

Romans 10:13-15 (NASB)
13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”

Begin to live for God.

Romans 12:1-2,9-18 (NASB)
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. … 9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

Publicly profess your faith by being baptized.

Luke 3:21 (NASB)
21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened,

Romans 6:4 (NASB)
4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

Join a local Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church and get to know God better through prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other Christians.

Romans 15:4-6 (NASB)
4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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