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The Bible is the most examined, torn apart, hated, loved, killed for, died for, and sought-after text in all human history. There is something undeniable about God’s Word. Any question you have ever thought concerning the Bible has been studied before. No other writing has had to endure the scrutiny of the Bible and yet it still stands as truth.
Here’s the catch: Many people don’t take the time to look for answers. We live in a time of slogans and quick comments. Therefore, if you cannot quickly explain something you lose them. This is not how the deepest questions are answered. If you truly want to know something, you have to sit with it for a while and examine the proof. Below, you can see the beginning of this topic. Hopefully, it will be enough to satisfy many of you. However, for others like me, this will be the beginning of a long journey into knowing God’s faithfulness.
This blog article is broken up into 3 sections:
- 5 Reasons You Can Trust the Bible.
- Quick Answers to a couple of questions.
- Links to further study on the authenticity of Scripture.
Let the adventure begin.-
5 Reasons You Can Trust Your Bible
This is a short synopsis from a video by J. Warner Wallace located below. He goes in-depth into all these claims in his books, blogs, and videos. He is an award-winning cold case detective and became a Christian after trying to debunk the claims of Christianity.
1- It is written early. The New Testament was written very early. This is important because the closer something is written to when it happened, the better. It can be authenticated or disputed. There is a lot of evidence to say that the documents and letters that later became the New Testament were written within just a few years of the Resurrection of Jesus. Some can place a few of the creeds located in 1 Corinthians within about 3-5 years after the Resurrection of Jesus. In historical terms, that is breathtaking. Much of what we know about Alexander the Great was not written down for about 200 years after his death. No one doubts whether or not Alexander lived.
2- It has been corroborated. This means it can be proven by other events and ways it was written within the time frame. Even things such as the type of names and places would not have been known to other people at other times until modern archeology made it possible to know. Therefore, the easiest answer is the best. The documents were written when and where they say they were written.
3- It hasn’t changed over time. It would have been easy to have added elements to the life of Jesus over time. This didn’t happen and we can prove it using the “chain of custody” method that is used in modern criminology. You can tell what was taught to those who learned from the original apostles and what they later wrote down. We forget that those who were taught by the apostles also wrote things down. These are not widely read because they are not inspired by God. However, they are still valuable because they prove the story did not change.
4- The authors lacked bias. There are only a few reasons why people would lie about something. None of them fit the early authors. The early authors were killed for their belief in something they personally experienced. There are many people who die all the time for something they believe. However, almost no one dies for a lie they are unwilling to admit. There are many stories of people who change their mind when their life is on the line. Not the early authors, they were willing to die rather than denounce Jesus.
5-Telling you the truth. It matches and explains reality. The Bible makes the best conclusions about the world around us. It explains human nature. It explains creation. There are so many things that line up when you see the world from a Biblical worldview. In the video, you will hear Wallace mention many of these truth claims and you can find their arguments in various apologetic ministries.
Question: Why don’t we have original manuscripts of the New Testament today?
Answer: They were written on papyrus and codex that would fall apart within a few years. It would have happened even quicker when we see how much they were handled and copied. The early church was far more interested in getting the Gospel out than displaying the original autographs. This actually did more to preserve the Gospel, because one document can be lost or tampered with. Almost immediately there were too many documents circulated for this to be possible.
Question: What do I say when someone asks why I believe the Bible is true?
Answer: “I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents written down by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They reported supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claimed that their writings are divine rather than human in origin.” (Voddie Baucham)
Question: Is the Bible inerrant or infallible?
Video Answer: https://youtu.be/UT5zYw1qaaM
Question: Can You Trust a 2000-Year-old Book?
Video Answer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptZak_fNUw8
Question: How do I respond to the statement, “You Can’t Trust the Bible Because It Was Written by Humans?”
Video Answer: https://youtu.be/iWQ313sLNgc
Question: Can You Trust the Bible?
Video Answer: https://youtu.be/05aK7itUvho
Question: How can you trust the New Testament when the original manuscripts are different?
Video Answer: https://youtu.be/NikVdhp0YFs
Question: Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then? // Dr. Daniel Wallace
Video Answer: https://youtu.be/OVW6kduRXA4
Question: How Can We Be Sure the Gospels Are Telling the Truth About Jesus?
Video Answer: https://youtu.be/0RZJK4Cwj2o
J. Warner Wallace Proves the Bible Without Using the Bible
Inspiration, Infallibility, and Inerrancy: Hath God Said? with R.C. Sproul