“I chose to believe the Bible because it’s a reliable collection historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophesies, and claimed that their writings were divine rather than human in origin.”
- Voddie Baucham
As a Christian, I am often asked about the viability of God's Word by non-Christians. People will say, "How can you believe the Bible when it has so many errors?" My response is usually to say, "Really? Here's my Bible. Show me a few." They will typically look at my Bible as though I have handed them a snake. Their eyes get big, and they start sputtering. Most people don't know if the Bible has errors or not. They have heard someone else say this and have believed it to be true. Occasionally, I encounter someone who takes me up on this challenge, and a beautiful conversation begins.
The truth is that there are difficult passages to understand. We have also had to learn about different writing styles and harmonization to understand specific passages. The Bible was not written as a textbook with all the information about everything we would ever need. It is a Divinely inspired story that points to Jesus without falsehood.
Below are three reasons (among many others) why we can trust the Bible is Divinely inspired without falsehood. After these, there are more resources by trusted scholars for you to dive deeper.
1. Internal Consistency and Unity.
One of the key arguments for the Bible's inspiration and inerrancy is its remarkable internal consistency and unity. Despite being composed of multiple books written over centuries by various authors in different cultural and historical contexts, the Bible maintains a coherent message and theological framework. This unity is evidence of divine inspiration, as it suggests a common guiding source, the Holy Spirit, working through the human authors to convey God's message consistently.
2. Fulfilled Prophecies.
The Bible contains numerous prophecies, particularly in the Old Testament, that have been fulfilled with astonishing accuracy. These prophecies cover various aspects of human history, including the birth and life of Jesus Christ. The accurate fulfillment of these prophecies demonstrates the Bible's divine inspiration, as only God could have foretold future events in such detail.
3. Transformative Power and Impact.
Another way we know of the Bible's inspiration is through its transformative power and impact on individuals and societies. Many believers testify to the life-changing experiences and moral guidance they have received from the Bible. They argue that the Bible's teachings and principles have profoundly and positively affected individuals, families, and entire civilizations throughout history. This impact is evidence of the Bible's divine origin and ability to speak to the most profound aspects of the human experience.