Can We Trust The Bible?

So much of the Christian faith is based on the Bible.  But is it reliable?  Can we trust the Bible?  Does a series of documents that were all written over two thousand years ago stand up under modern scientific scrutiny?  These are incredibly important questions, because whether or not the Bible is true has extremely important implications for the eternal destiny of all mankind.

You see, the Scriptures claim that they are the inerrant Word of God.  They claim to have no errors and they claim to tell mankind the way to have eternal life.  These are not claims to be taken lightly.  Indeed, they are deadly serious.

In 2 Timothy 3:16, the apostle Paul tells us that the Scriptures were given by inspiration of God.....

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness"

So if the Scriptures were given by inspiration of God, then they should be accurate in everything that they say, right?

The apostle Peter reinforces this point in 2 Peter 1:20-21.....

"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost"

So is that really the case?

Can we trust the Bible?

Well, as we will see, the answer is most definitely yes.....

First of all, the Bible is unique among all the religious books of the world in that it contains very specific predictive prophecy that has come to pass.  In fact, the Scriptures contain amazingly accurate prophecies that were given hundreds, and in some cases even thousands of years in advance.  We simply do not find this in other religions.

Dr. Hugh Ross has done an excellent article about a few of these prophecies that is very much worth reading.  We would highly suggest that you check it out:

Fulfilled Prophecy: Evidence for the Reliability of the Bible

In addition, we have previously posted an article that looks at the amazing prophecies found in Isaiah chapter 53 that you can find here:

http://whygodreallyexists.com/archives/messianic-prophecies

We also posted an in depth article about the extraordinary prophecy about the crucifixion of Jesus found in Psalm 22 that you can read here:

http://whygodreallyexists.com/archives/did-you-know-there-was-a-prophecy-of-the-crucifixion-of-jesus-christ-1000-years-ahead-of-time

Should not the real God of the universe be able to tell us what is going to happen ahead of time?

Indeed, in the book of Isaiah God does tell us that this is what sets Him apart from all of the other "false" gods.....

Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.

I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say: My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.

God does tell us the end from the beginning in the Bible, and that truly does set the Scriptures apart from other "holy" books.

Well what about archaeology?

Does that give us any clues about whether we can trust the Bible or not?

Indeed it does.

Christian answers has an excellent series of articles that show that the archaeological evidence keeps confirming the Bible over and over and over.....

http://www.christiananswers.net/q-aiia/aiia-arch1.html

In fact, the more discoveries that are made, the more it keeps confirming that the Bible is reliable.  Once again, this fact clearly sets the Bible apart from the other major religious books of the world.

For much more on the archaeological evidence for the Bible, we would encourage you to check out a couple of articles on this topic written by one of the greatest Bible scholars alive today.....

http://www.grantjeffrey.com/article/article7.htm

http://www.grantjeffrey.com/article/rockcry.htm

Okay, but is the Bible scientifically accurate?

Once again, the answer is most definitely yes.

Unfortunately, there is a common misperception that the Bible and science are at odds, but the truth is that total opposite of that.  The truth is that when the Bible speaks about science it is incredibly accurate.....

http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/sciencebible.html

But isn't the Bible full of contradictions?  After all, that is what you will hear when you talk to most skeptics and atheists.

Well, no, it isn't.  Of course there are always some Scriptures that skeptics and atheists like to claim contain contradictions, but all of those objections have been convincingly answered by scholars who have studied these questions for decades.  In fact, often the "contradictions" and "objections" are cleared up when new historical or archaeological discoveries are made.  For a great online library of Biblical contradictions that have been answered, we would encourage you to check out this website.....

http://www.carm.org/bible-difficulties/genesis-deuteronomy

The truth is that we could go on and on discussing the reliability of the Bible.  For more evidence for both the Bible and the Christian faith, we would encourage you to read the article below on some of the key evidence that shows why Christianity is true.....

http://whygodreallyexists.com/archives/does-god-exist

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  • http://www.furniture.smartgazer.com R.B.Casares (Sassure)

    I went to a private catholic school and I was a strong believer since…well since I was 12 years old and decided to read the Bible from the very begging instead of just sticking to the passages we were given. I also asked myself: “What makes the religion that I was born into the true religion and not Buddhism, for example?” So I decided to read a translation of the Koran to find many similarities. Being familiar also with some of ancient Egyptians myths as well as Greeks, I realized that there were all the same and that the Bible took many things from other religions. I learned to read the Bible as a literature document that may contain many historic facts but crossed by literature and by fantasy. Above all, I consider the Bible to be a political document and Jesus to have been a great politician, if he existed. We must not forget that religion came hand in hand with politics in those times. Then I read Nietzsche…what can I say? I think is very revealing the fact that he studied to become a theologian and by giving the Bible a very serious read he realized many, many things that people can agree or disagree with. I strongly believe that anyone that considers itself a Christian without having read the entire Bible is a complete phony!!!! I also think your blog is very interesting!!! Best regards!

  • javad mousavi

    Peace be with you,Dear friend in above article say the Scriptures claim that they are the inerrant Word of God.but,If you compare that to one of the four accounts of the life of Jesus, Luke begins by saying: “many people have written about this man, it seems fitting for me to do so too”. That is all… no claim of saying “ these words were given to me by God here they are for you it is a revelation”, there is no mention of this.
    your sincerely,
    Javad Musavi

  • The Quantum Physicist

    After reading the post from a former catholically schooled person I, a scientist, felt it necessary to respond to some rather common errors in logic and assumptions that many non-critical thinkers make quite frequently concerning both religion and politics. The author begins well with the question [‘what makes the religion that I was born into (Christianity) the true religion and not Buddhism, for example?’]; however, when one doesn’t research the belief system (Christianity) carefully whilst examining its claims and scrutinising the historicity of Jesus Christ exhaustively before they reject it, they do greatly err since the evidence for the historical figure of Jesus Christ is quite amazingly plentiful from both friendly and hostile sources. The science of textual criticism has aided the honest sceptic into a most reasonable trust in the copies of the original manuscripts of the biblical canon. If one would be so inclined to let any and all truth lie where it pleases without coming into the laboratory of critical thinking with a pre-supposition to reject the evidence even if it might very well reveal a conclusion we were not expecting. Once the home front religion has been thoroughly examined and all reasonable questions have been answered then, and only then, can one qualify himself the next step to compare say Buddhism, Islam, or any other alluded assumptions this author makes of ‘the Bible took many things from other religions’ statement. Interestingly enough, we could possibly, if we wanted to, read into any other culture commonalities from our own since human interaction between individuals and societies rely on basic human truths and realisations. It would not surprise me if in ancient Egypt and Greece or even Rome to find that these civilisations understood many of the ethical truth claims that Christ made concerning ideas of love, forgiveness, and betrayal. Did not these cultures of old not have troubles with their families, wayward prodigals, murder, adultery even tax collectors and corrupt politicians? Could it be said anthropologically that to study a peoples’ religion doesn’t necessarily coincide with the politics of the day? Absolutely! As for the Nietzsche types of the world who take up a discipline of study in university only to realise that they do not have what it takes in either aptitude or desire of the subject matter should not be thought of as failures; yet rather as in Nietzsche’s own discovery he struggled with epistemology. To be unable to rectify one’s own teleological or cosmological arguments with some utopian idea for a political system that has failed time and time again in reality is the true fantasy.
    To be sure; if anyone considers himself to be a non-Christian or just a literary examiner of the biblical text without having read the entire canon with a critically-thinking mind following some already suggested considerations, as I have already stated above, is the complete phony!
    Have a most auspicious day.
    Sincerely,
    The Quantum Physicist