Is the Bible trustworthy?

There is insurmountable evidence for the accuracy and authority of the Bible. Let’s look at a just a few of those evidences:

Manuscript Evidence:

Ancient writing Number of copies Years between writing and first existing manuscript
Tacitus (Roman historian)

1

700

Josephus (Jewish historian)

9

300

Homer’s Iliad

650

950

Caesar’s
Gaelic Wars

10

1,000

The Holy Bible

5,750

30

As you can see, there is amazing manuscript evidence for the Bible. Since we generally accept the integrity of other ancient documents, and the Bible has far greater manuscript support, shouldn’t it enjoy at least the same historical respect?

Archeological Evidence: Many portions of the Bible have been proven to be true by archeological finds. Here are a few:

  1. The Bible records that David captured Jerusalem by entering through a tunnel that led to the Pool of Siloam. The pool was believed to be outside city walls until a discovery in the 1960s confirmed the pool was inside the city walls.
  2. The Bible lists Belshazzar as king of Babylon, but he isn’t found in any lists of Babylonian kings. Archaeologists later discover Belshazzar was appointed acting king by his father, King Nabodonius, for a period of a few years.
  3. The Bible says that God made the walls of Jericho collapse when the Israelites marched around the city with the priests blowing trumpets. Because Rahab, a resident of the city, provided refuge for Israelite spies, they promised that she and her family would survive the battle if they stayed in her house built against the northern city wall. Archaeologists have found that all of the walls of Jericho fell, except the northern wall, confirming the biblical account.

Prophetic Evidence: The Bible foretold many future events (prophecies). Some prophecies that came true in the life of the Jewish Messiah (Jesus) were:

  1. Messiah is to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). Jesus was born in this small town (Matt. 2:1–7, John 7:42, Luke 2:5).
  2. Messiah is to enter Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9). This was fulfilled as people shouted to praises to Jesus while he entered the city on a donkey (Luke 19: 35, Matthew 21:6–11).
  3. Messiah is to be sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12). Judas, Jesus’ betrayer, was given 30 pieces of silver to hand Jesus over to His enemies. (Matthew 26:15, 27:3).
  4. Messiah is to be executed by crucifixion as a thief (Psalm 22:16, Zechariah 12:10). Jesus died on a cross, hanging between two thieves (Luke 23:33, John 20:25).

Jesus fulfilled more than 100 other Messianic prophecies. The odds that just eight of these prophecies would be fulfilled randomly by any one person are one in 10 to the 17th power. To put that in perspective, imagine this: If Texas were filled with silver dollars one foot deep, you would have better odds of picking a marked coin than one in 10 to the 17th power.

Forty authors wrote the Bible in three languages over the course of 1,500 years, yet the whole Bible revolves around one theme—what God has done to save us from hell. Every one of us deserves that punishment, because we’ve broken God’s law (including the Ten Commandments). Have you ever told a lie, stolen, taken God’s name in vain, or looked at someone with lust? If you said yes to any of those, you’ll be guilty on Judgment Day. God, being infinitely just, must punish sinfulness. But Jesus, who lived a sinless life, was brutally tortured and crucified for you, and then he rose from the dead, defeating death. Jesus can take your punishment, or you can take your own punishment. The choice is yours. If you’d like to accept the gift of forgiveness He offers, repent (turn from your sin) and trust Jesus for this life and the life to come. Then, read the Bible daily to learn more about God and how to live for Him.

For further information on this topic, go to:
www.answersingenesis.org/home/area/faq/bible.asp, www.allabouttruth.org, www.needGod.com

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7 Responses to Is the Bible trustworthy?

  1. Jason Brown says:

    This is a good bit of info. I was thinking about this today as I watched someone say that the NT Scripture was presented 100 years after Jesus. I knew it was only about 30 years.

    Seems I read somewhere that Alexander the Great’s history and bio wasn’t put into writing until several hundred years after his death yet they found it to be accurate. It is funny to see how many will agree and believe history as long as its not linked to the Christian Faith.

    No one questions Buddha even though his life and teachings were not put down in writing until about 500 years after his death. Mohammad did not have his teachings fully recorded until long after his death. So many years, yet the NT writings can be traced to only 30 years after the events took place. Yet they are wrong and fabricated. How does that makes sense?

    The only answer is that a hard hearted generation does not want to hear it.

  2. mattdabbs says:

    I am thinking that the 30 year range on the New Testament may be a little off. Some people get that by saying there were fragments at Qumran but if my memory is right that is questionable at best. It may be more like 50 years or so with the John Rylands Papyrus (P52) dating some time between 125 and 150 AD. Even then that is pretty astounding. Doesn’t the 9 count for Josephus only count the Jewish war?

    Thanks for putting that together.

  3. billphillips says:

    Matt,

    I think you’re correct. I think the 30 year figure is from the time of Jesus’ death until the first gospel was written. But, it’s interesting that 1 Corinthians is the first book of the New Testament, and it was written about 15 years after Jesus’ death. I’ll have to find the book I was using to check all of these facts.

    Thanks,
    Bill

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  5. Mel Steffor says:

    There is proof that Genesis was written by God. The proof is that there is a hidden prophesy about the future is the story about Adam and Eve. This is the proof:

    In the Book of Genesis, God is telling us two stories with the words of one. From the appearance of being the first two humans in creation Adam and Eve share a commonality with all of us. Adam and Eve are representatives for all of us. God has hidden a prophesy about the future in the story. The following is the interpretation of the story about Adam and Eve in the present. I start at Genesis 2:17

    Gen 2 : 17 But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.”

    Trees don’t grow knowledge so I know God is talking in symbols. Knowledge comes from Books. Books are made from the pulp of trees. So the Tree is a Book. A Tree is a metaphor for a Book. This book has knowledge of good and bad. The Book is the Bible. The Bible contains the knowledge of good and bad. Besides I took this verse right out of the Bible. You can’t eat from a book and gain knowledge, but you can digest a book . As in Readers Digest. You are taking the words in, like food. God says, you will positively die. The Book has poison in it. The poison is the fruit on the tree.

    What is the fruit on the tree that we must not eat? Or, What is the fruit in the New Testament? We know that a Cross is also a Tree and Jesus was nailed to the tree. The fruit from the Bible is Jesus. Clues are Adam and Eve are bare naked. Bare sounds like Bear.

    The Tree bears Jesus

    The Tree of Knowledge is a Book, and the fruit on the tree is Jesus. This is what God is saying.

    Gen 2 : 17 But as for the (Book) of the knowledge of good and bad you must not (take in Jesus) from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.”

  6. Mel Steffor says:

    Before I go to the next verse I need to make a point about talking snakes. You can’t read the story about Adam and Eve literally for one reason; and that is 1: ‘Snakes don’t talk‘. The first question you have to ask yourself is, ‘How does this snake manage to talk?’ Some people who are reading this literally put it aside. They must be thinking, Well this is God talking and there are things I don’t know about. So they sweep it aside. Yea, there are things you don’t know about if you think that way. The thing you don’t know is, that Snakes don’t talk.

    In the next verse God tells us exactly who Satan is:

    Genesis 3 : 1 Now the serpent proved to be the most cautious of all the wild beasts of the field that God had made. So it began to say to the woman: “Is it really so that God said you must not eat from every tree of the garden?” 2 At this the woman said to the serpent: “Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat. 3 But as for [eating] of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, God has said, “You must not eat from it, no, You must not touch it that you do not die.’”

    The snake talks. Again we know that snakes don’t talk so God is talking in symbols. God says the snake is a wild beast. That’s not true, snakes are reptiles. A beast is a mammal. God didn’t make a mistake by saying, wild beasts, he knows what he’s doing. So the Serpent is really a mammal that talks. Man is the only mammal that talks. The serpent is really a man. Then, how do snakes deceive us. We think the snake is a stick until we almost step on it. Then it moves. Now we know the Serpent is a Man with characteristics of a stick. The snake speaks from the stick. Does this sound familiar:

    The Church speaks from the Cross.

    The Cross is a metaphor for a Stick. The serpent talks from the stick and the Church talks from the Cross. If it sounds the same it is the same. The Roman Catholic Pagan Church is Satan, The great deceiver. Who would have ever known if it hadn’t been written by God himself right into the Bible. Satan is really the Christian Church.

    There is even more to read out of this verse:

    Genesis 3 : 1 Now the serpent proved to be the most cautious of all the wild beasts of the field that God had made. So it began to say to the woman: “Is it really so that God said you must not eat from every tree of the garden?”

    The serpent knows what God said. How does Satan know what God said? The Romans carefully read the Old Testament (this is a most cautious snake). Then they wrote the New Testament. The Roman Catholic Church (Satan) has deceived just about all of us. Except the Jews and maybe the Atheists.

  7. Mel Steffor says:

    Here is more proof that the Roman Catholic Church is Satan:
    The interpretation continues in the following verse from Genesis. Satan says take in Jesus (the fruit) and you positively will not die. The Catholic Church says: believe in Jesus and you positively will not die. Satan and the Church sound similar to me.

    Genesis 3 : 4 At this the serpent (church) said to the woman: “You positively will not die. 5 For God knows that in the very day of your eating (taking Jesus in) from it your eyes are bound to be opened and you are bound to be like God, knowing good and bad.”

    The Serpent says: “Take in Jesus and you positively will not die”. The Church says: Believe in Jesus and you positively will not die. Sounds the same to me. If it sounds the same it is the same. The Serpent is the Church.

    So to answer your question, “Is the Bible trustworthy”. Yes, you can trust that Genesis was written by God. There is a prophesy about the future written thousands of years ago that has come true today. And “No”, the New Testament is NOT trustworthy because God says it was written by Satan (the wild beast).

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