You may read it, obey it, even teach it to others, but how do you know the Bible is true? How would you defend its truthfulness to someone who seriously questions its value for life and faith today?
First of all, we must recognize that we can’t “prove” to anyone that the Bible is true. Only the Holy Spirit can do that as He moves in the mind and heart of a person who desires to know and do God’s will (Jn. 7:17). From the human perspective, though, we have good reasons that provide a solid basis upon which to place our trust. These facts point to the reliability and truthfulness of the Scriptures.
The Bible is historically accurate:
The writers of Scripture were honest, sane, sincere men who in many cases were eyewitnesses to what they recorded. Their careful attention to detail shows that they were concerned with an accurate record of words and events (Lk. 1:1-4). The historical and geographical data that the Bible presents has been confirmed by other documents and archaeological discoveries. Then too, specific prophecies concerning Old Testament Israel, its neighbours, and Christ have been fulfilled in great detail, (Isa. 52:13-53:12); Matt. 8:16,17; Matt. 27:30,31).
The Bible is remarkably consistent:
Although written over some 1500 years by about 40 authors in 3 languages, it presents a unified description of who God is and what He planned for mankind. The message of redemption is the focus of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
The Bible is wonderfully preserved:
No other piece of ancient literature even comes close to matching the abundance of manuscript evidence that points to the conclusion that the translation we hold in our hands today accurately expresses what was originally written. The differences in manuscripts are in minor details and do not affect major doctrines. Discoveries like the Dead Sea Scrolls (found in 1946 and dating from 100 B.C.) confirm that the Hebrew text has been meticulously preserved. New Testament Greek manuscripts, found in great abundance, also demonstrate the reliability of our present text.
The Bible is highly recommended:
First the biblical writers themselves say that it is the Word of God. To conclude that the Bible is the true Word of God is in complete harmony with what the Scriptures claim. The Old and New Testament writers recognized that theirs was a Spirit-directed task (Jeremiah 1, 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
Second, Christ considered the Old Testament to be God’s authoritative revelation (Luke 24:47). Before He left this earth, He said that His apostles would be given the ability to remember what He had said (John 14:26). The New Testament is a record of Christ’s life and teachings and the inspired teachings of His appointed representatives. To doubt the truthfulness of the Bible is to question the word of Christ.
Third, those who have chosen to open their hearts to the truth of the Bible and have committed themselves to its teachings have found that it speaks to their deepest needs and offers the only hope for this life and the next. The transformed lives of thousands in every age attest to the truthfulness of the biblical message.
Compilation of above thirty writers
Reveals God to man
In two major divisions
Past, present, predictive,
Teachers Creed and Conduct.
Unveils way of salvation.
Reveals man to himself.
Eight minor divisions.
Summed up in Christ.
No other book is like the Bible. It is accurate in what it records, consistent in its message, preserved in its contents, and recommended by those who should know. Today the original copies of the scriptures do not exist. Nevertheless, it can be truthfully said that the present Hebrew text of the Old Testament and the Greek text of the New Testament are as good as the original text. Read it with an earnest desire to do God’s will. Decide to obey it, and you will grow. You will come to the place where you will say, “I know the Bible is true”.
The apostle Paul appeals to Timothy that he might be a skilled worker who, “rightly handles the word of truth”. He writes, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. If we will study the Scriptures diligently and present ourselves joyfully to our Lord, it is highly unlikely that we will some day be ashamed of ourselves or our lives when we stand before our precious Lord.
In the words of the late Sir Frederic Kenyon, one-time director of the British Museum and an authority on Biblical manuscripts: “The Christian can take the whole Bible in his hand and say without fear or hesitation that he holds in it the true Word of God, handed down without essential loss from generation to generation throughout the centuries”.