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Can We Believe the Bible to be True?

Common Questions

I’ve spent the last 7 years investing biblical truth into college athletes.  One of the most common questions many of those athletes have pertains to whether or not they can trust the Bible to be the literal, inspired Word of God.  Once they find out that the answer is yes, their next question immediately pertains to how it is true.  I suspect that this is a common question for many people in general.  The evidence as to why the Bible can be trusted to be the literal, inspired Word of God is staggering.

Staggering Evidence

The Bible is composed of: 66 Books (covering history, sermons, letters, songs and love letters, geographical surveys, architectural specifications, travel diaries, population statistics, family trees, inventories and legal documents), written across a period of  2,000 years by more than 40 different men (ranging from kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesman, a doctor and scholars) on 3 continents (Asia, Africa, Europe) in 3 different languages (Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic) all covering the same theme: the gospel (Proclaimed repeatedly from Genesis 3 until Revelation 23). Also, there are less than 10 copies each of Plato, Homer, Socrates, etc. (written 1,000 years after those men lived), while we have more than 10,000 copies of the Christian New & Old Testaments recorded time and again from the time they were first written.

Furthermore, if any Bible manuscript was found to have an error in it’s copying from the original it was burned and re-copied  Therefore, the only copies of the Bible that were preserved were the ones that were exact copies of the original manuscripts. These are the very manuscripts that were copied and passed down thousands of times to what we now have as standard printed Bibles. Further, the book of Isaiah (written 600 years before Jesus walked the earth as a man) illustrates, to perfection, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a substitute for sinners to bring them to God. (Isaiah 53 & 54)

Lastly, Jesus himself quoted manuscripts of Scripture hundreds of times in his life and ministry.  He was then murdered by crucifixion, buried in a tomb and raised back to life 3 days later to fulfill the Scripture that he taught as truth.  When a guy claims to be God gets murdered and rises from the dead, to fulfill the very thing he predicted would happen he must be believed at his Word. Jesus did that, he believed the Bible is true, he rose from the dead and is alive and well today (in heaven) proving the entirety of the Bible to be 100% true.

The Burden of Proof

Therefore, when one considers the staggering evidence for the accuracy and truth of the Bible he/she is left with the burden of proof.  It is not the Bible believing Christians who need the proof, they have more proof than they need.  The burden of proof to contradict the Bible, in fact, lies on those who don’t believe.  The reality is, however, that this proof simply doesn’t exist.  Many have come forth with claims against the Bible’s validity, their claims, however, are as bold as Jesus’ resurrection, but as empty as Jesus’ tomb.

*Note: These facts can be found in Mark Driscoll‘s Book “Doctrine: What Christian’s Should Believe” in the chapter entitled “Revelation: God Speaks.”  This chapter also contains dozens of footnotes to historical, and archeological research that proves these facts true.  I also recommend Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology” for an even further study on the matter.

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