Can We Trust the Bible?
Many people wonder if the Bible can really be trusted. With so many attacks being pointed at the Bible, this is an issue worth examining. Listed below are a number of reasons why I believe we can trust the Bible. These points do not address every concern, attack, or question that people may have, but it does provide a great deal of evidence that cannot be ignored.
1. Diversity yet Unity
The Bible contains 66 unique books, written by 40 different authors from different education levels, occupations, and cultural backgrounds. It was written over 60 generations on 3 different continents and in 3 different languages. It contains different literary styles and addresses some of life’s most difficult questions. Yet, with all these facts, the Bible is harmonious, unified, and consistent, presenting one primary character.
2. Fulfilled Prophecy
There is no way to explain the Bible’s ability to predict the future apart from God. 27% of the Bible contains what was predictive prophecy at the time it was written. The Old Testament contains more than 300 references to the Messiah of Israel that were precisely fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
3. Honesty of the Authors
The Biblical authors were open about their failures and sins. This doesn't prove that the Bible is true, but it does help strengthen the case that the Bible is an honest work.
Archaeological discoveries could never prove that the Bible is divinely inspired, but they do help build a compelling case for the historical reliability of the Bible.
“No archeological discovery has ever controverted [overturned] a Biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.” (Nelson Glueck, who appeared on the cover of Time magazine)
By 1958, Donald Wiseman, an archaeologist and Professor of Assyriology at the University of London estimated that there were more than 25,000 discoveries that had confirmed the truthfulness of the Bible.
5. Extra-Biblical Writings
External sources verify that 50 persons mentioned in the Old Testament and 30 persons written about in the New Testament were actual historical figures.
There are 39 or more sources outside of the Bible, written within 150 years of Jesus' life that attest to more than 100 facts regarding Jesus’ life, teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection.
6. The Manuscript Evidence
There is more manuscript support for the Bible than for any other ancient writing. Further, there are enough quotations from the early church fathers that even if we did not have a single manuscript copy of the Bible, scholars could still reconstruct most of the New Testament today just from their writings.
7. The Persecution of the Disciples
Historians such as Flavius Josephus, Eusebius, and others record for us that Jesus' disciples went to their graves, one by one, suffering and dying a martyr's deaths for their on-going belief and preaching that Jesus was Lord and was risen from the dead. It is highly unlikely that they would die for something they knew to be untrue.
Much more could be said about this topic, and other evidence exists, but we can be confident that the Bible can be trusted as the Word of God.
Much of this information was copied and/or adapted from http://www.alwaysbeready.com/bible-evidence?id=99