Is The Bible Actually True?

One of the questions asked recently by one of our students was this: How can we know that the Bible is actually true and that Christianity actually gives a true account of things?

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Let me just start by saying, this is the question we have to answer in our lives and it takes a lifetime of struggling in order to answer this question.

Because this is the case, I will simply answer by telling why I believe the Bible to be true.

This will be a simple case and does not address the depth of evidence.

  1. I will start where Ravi Zacharias starts. That is, I believe that there is a category of truth.
    • Truth exists.
    • If someone does not believe truth exists, then I might ask on what basis he makes the claim that truth does not exist; for no proposition would be possible.
  2. I will continue by looking at the fact that the Bible is a religious document like no other.
    • It consists of 66 books written over a period spanning thousands of years, by about 40 different human authors.
    • In the cases that are currently testable, the Bible has been found to give a historically accurate account of past events.
    • No true contradiction has been found.
      1. Where people have claimed contradictions in the text, those apparent contradictions have been addressed in a way that makes sense.
    • Where many prophesies have been made, those prophesies have come to pass.
      1. Isaiah’s prophecy concerning Christ was written 700 years before Christ and a copy was even dated to 120 years before Christ.
      2. We have a physical copy from Qumran that we know was written before Christ.
    • Furthermore, it has been translated accurately.
      1. When we compare the copies we have today with the earliest copies we have found, we see very little difference and these differences don’t change the story or the message at all.
    • The Bible has been scrutinized for at least hundreds of years and has stood the test of time.

 

In this short response, I can’t do the conversation justice, but at least I can say that the Bible deserves our attention. If the Bible is a true account of things, then we can trust it to provide us with truth. If Christianity is a Biblical worldview, then Christianity gives a true account of things.

For further investigation, we might have to ask the question epistemically. No one can have knowledge of past events (That is except for God and those who are now gone from us but were there). All we can have regarding past events is faith that either we have constructed those events accurately or that the events have been recorded accurately for us.

 

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  1. How wonderfully refreshing to find a believer in all of the Word of our God here on WordPress! Thank you for posting this and thank you for standing for your faith! May God bless you. Greetings, Petra.

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  2. That is a great question from a student. It is one that so many have asked, the saved and the unsaved.
    The answer is much easier than most people realize, only that the answer is embedded in the reality of the ones who are saved.
    You can provide answers that are great answers such as you posted and the ones of the videos posted, which by the way I do plan on using them both in my Sunday School Class. They are great dissertations of very learned men on the bible and give a great credence for the examination and the proclamation to question at hand. They provide for a very non questionable answer in the use of the Word of God to a diverse audience to the abundance of historical documentation of the authenticity of what is accepted as to the proof of the existence of God, ( a god), who He is, and what He is.
    However, being one of a very simplistic mind that is so weak in and of itself, and having no great knowledge of men, I have to say that my belief is fully and totally existent in faith. NOT my faith, but the faith that was given to me as an old 15 1/2 year old youth who accepted Christ based on the calling and faith that God provided to me. This faith is what I hang all my beliefs on about who, what, where, and when God is. It is based from his word, Ephesians 2:8-9 (10 just lets me know why). It tells me the total depravity of self examination and conviction that he called me into that I might see Him and His glorious being in my life and that all this from Him and Him alone, none of me lest I boast of me and not His glorious workings in my life that I may know, without and beyond a shadow of all doubt, that I am His, eternally, and that the Word and the Work of God is Him and Him alone through His Spirit in my life to His glory and none other. And thus through and by His word am I given the grace of His Faith that I might know without question what His word is and how it apples to my life.
    How can i prove that God’s word is true and that it is His Word. Because, I have been given His faith and I stand only as His servant, nay yet even more, His child, to inherit all the glories that He has stored and given for me. What could that be. Nothing other that the gift of His Son who freely gave his life, died and suffered for a undeserving wretched sinner like me that I might know of His glorious nature to me.
    How can I tell others if God is real, if His word is real, By doing the one simple thing He ask of me, to be the branch of His beautiful vine and to bear fruit, witness, lead, be an example, of Him through me that others may not see me but only Christ. For His Spirit given to me does not lead me to lift up myself and His temple of His Spirit, but to lift up Christ that others may see the Father, be bathed in His spirit and receive the greatest gift through His faith, and His faith alone, that they, me, us, may view eternity through His eyes and know, yes, I am there, because of His testimony, the word and work of God, by His faith and nothing more because of his Grace.

    My dear sweet brother in Christ. I so am in awe of the Great Ministry which our Father has called you into and you are so willing to fulfill.
    Continue on in His work and may our God truly bless you and your family. May he lead you, protect you, and keep His glorious angels as your watchful companions always.

    Your brother in Christ,
    Glenn Tahbonemah

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