As Christians, we believe what we believe for a reason, right? Well, some people have more stability under their feet as far as “belief” is concerned than others do.
There are both internal and external lines of proof dedicated to Scriptural reliability, and I believe there are some solid forms of evidence we should always consider.
Bible Unity & Formation
The Bible is a collection of sixty-six different books, written over a course of time by about forty different men. These men lived during vastly different times, came from different social classes, and had wildly varying jobs. Still, the Bible books all agree with one another and those various books all come together to create one whole that is, I believe, perfect.
The Bible authors, many of whom never met one another, came from wide expanses across the world they lived in. The fact that their writings agree with one another perfectly does not mean they conspired together to create it. On the other hand, and quite to the contrary, it shows that one infinite mind had to be the dictator of the Scriptures.
There can hardly be any doubt that the Bible is divine by nature. Having survived complete wrecks of both kingdoms and empires seems to be more proof. Over time, opposers managed to destroy many of the libraries. Even though they were put together for the careful preservation of these texts. And there was never any particularly massive human effort expended to save the Book or the libraries that held it.
Many times, it was as if every earthly power was focused on the complete destruction and covering up of the Bible. Fierce opposers and vile persecutions who didn’t believe it often met this Book straight ahead, hoping to rid the world of it. And yet here we are, all these many years later, with copies available in nearly every language, at every corner of the globe.
Biblical Accuracy Through History
Without error, there are many historically correct bits of information that God has offered throughout the Bible. Just look at a few of the things that the authors named, with stunning accuracy, through the pages of Scripture:
- Town names
- City names
- Specific battles
- Names of Kings
- Empire names
- Great events
Even though they were years, decades, and even centuries apart, Scripture accurately describes many of them. Even when excavations uncovered ruins in places like Assyria, Babylon, and Egypt, tablets have proven Bible accuracy.
Tablets have accurately described creation and the fall, the great flood, the tower in Babel, Egypt’s plight, as well as many other stories and facts. Such accuracy can give up the kind of confidence to believe that this book is real.
Bible Accuracy in Science
When God ordained the writing of the Bible, many of the stories concerning the earth and everything in it were simply vague superstition. The fact that someone could write a book that would withstand striking scientific research and still prove completely true, is quite frankly, not humanly possible.
Since the dawn of creation, not a single species has been found to be “new” in either man nor beast. In fact, several statements were made that allude to the perfect scientific facts being played out long before they were proven.
David talked about the circuit in which the sun moved in (which science has since proven):
Job spoke of the wind has having weight (also proven by science):
Job was also the one that said the Earth was actually suspended in space, having to particular support:
Over the course of time, investigations have continued to conclude that science backs up the Bible and it’s claims, not the opposite. In fact, a French Institution of Science at one time claimed there were 80 hostile theories against it. Not one of those theories had anything to stand on.
Bible Accuracy in the Prophetic
Future events were prophesied by at least sixteen Biblical prophets. Cities were named and their destruction called out far ahead of time. New kingdoms were prophesied. Christ’s arrival, birth, birthplace, life, and death were all prophesied, with no mistakes whatsoever, long before they ever came to pass.
Jesus himself pointed out that those old prophecies had been fulfilled in His own person. Furthermore, he spoke of Jerusalem’s destruction, the nature of His Work and Kingdom, and it has all been proved true as well.
Those kinds of details could not be foretold, especially in such great detail, in anything other than a Book with a purely Divine Nature.
Universal Teaching of the Bible
Textbooks, and many other kinds of books, must be updated from time to time to retain accuracy. To be universally correct, they have to be tethered to some group of facts that can be drawn upon, with some relevance, across a variety of societies.
The Bible’s virtues reach far above any other and every generation of people continues to find new treasures in its pages. Hundreds of commentaries and summaries of the Book have been written, but it remains a vast mine full of unexplainable riches. Riches of excellent literary worth, riches of moral fortitude and high thoughts. These have yet to be touched in superiority by any other writer since that time.
Biblical Honest & Fairness
When Bible heroes are written about in the test of the Bible itself, they are not painted as something superhuman. Instead, their faults are mentioned in detail. They are neither condoned nor covered. Instead, they are put to condemnation, as any spiritual fault should be, which is very much unlike any other book written.
Biblical Life Solutions
Perhaps you’ve considered some of the most pressing questions that stand before humankind:
- How did the world begin?
- Where did mankind begin?
- How did sin come into the world?
- Will sin be punished? And if so, how?
- Can a weak person be redeemed?
- Is there an afterlife?
These questions, and many more like them, have been considered by people throughout the vast halls of history. The good news is, you can find all the answers you seek within the pages of the Bible. These answers are not only simple, but very adequate in their details.
We can, in these answer, find happiness and a sure cure for hurt hearts.
Miracles of the Bible
The Bible not only makes a clear and concise record of the missions that people were sent on. It also tells of the signs, wonders, and miracles that attest to their works by Him.
The performance of these miracles
Another important note that can be made is how unlike the superhuman feats associated with the mythology of that day God’s miracles were. It was as if God intended to show His miracles as truly Divine in nature, making them true, especially under the guise of credible witnesses. At the same time, these miracles also proved the false mythological acts as false.
No miracle of the Bible was ever intended to bring any kind of personal profit to the one performing it. They are always meant for the betterment of someone else. Deaf ears were opened, blind eyes could see, and the lame were able to walk. Sick people became healed and the dead were raised up. Vile leprosy was cleansed, from the inside out, and sins were forgiven the sinner.
Just as importantly, the person through whom the miracle was performed never claimed to have any power within themselves to do so. All the attribution went to God and God alone. Miracles were performed only for the exaltation and glorification of God Himself.
The Spiritual Character and Fruit of the Bible
No one human person could have come up with the amazing and high ideas put forth in Scripture. In fact, for all intents and purposes, humans can never produce much of anything too far beyond their own selves. The very high and untouchable Truths set forth in Scripture, then, surely come from One far greater than any living human being.
On the other hand, there isn’t another Book in existence that can do what the Bible does for humankind. The Truth contained inside makes life better. When the Bible enters into societies, spiritual enlightenment just follows close behind.
When everything else seems to fail, the Bible can easily succeed. It lifts people out of ignorance and shame, and so much more.
Biblical Claims of Divine Origin
There are plenty of clear claims in which the Divine Nature of Scripture is made obvious. Let’s look at some of them now:
The Book itself claims to be a good Book, given for the purpose of the good of all mankind. However, a book cannot be good and make false claims at the same time. That’s why, all things considered, we CAN believe the Bible is a Good Book. Its claims are true!
Having considered all the reasons, it’s safe to say that the Bible is certainly the Word of God. What’s more, amidst all the troubles the Book has been through, the many times it’s been banned, destroyed, outlawed, and killed for, it still stands.
And I can’t help but think, if God has allowed it to remain, then He has allowed it to remain intact. In other words, He would not allow a version of His inspired Word to make it this far through history and be filled with errors.
Instead, I believe it to be filled with hope, encouragement, inspiration, and yes, revelation for today. And I am so thankful for it!