CAN THE BIBLE BE TRUSTED?

 

Wow!  What a question.  Yet, it is a question that I believe should be asked.  And Christians should be willing to look for answers.

 

It is true that people have tried to discredit the authenticity of the Bible and at the same time deny the existence of a Creator.  Two current scientists, both brilliant men, who argue that the Bible is a myth and that God is a delusion, are Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking.   In his book God Delusion, Dawkins states that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion.  His Foundation for Science and Reason promotes the teaching of Evolution.

 

Stephen Hawking admits to being an atheist, arguing that science offers a "more convincing explanation" for the origins of the universe and that the miracles of religion "aren't compatible" with scientific fact.

 

These two men are significantly cleverer than I am, but there are countless brilliant scientists all over the world who claim that God is Creator and that His Word, the Bible, is trustworthy.  Scientists throughout the centuries have attested to the authenticity of Scripture.  Men such as, Copernicus, Descartes, Newton, Einstein et al had no conflict with the compatibility of science and the Bible.  There are scientists today who also affirm the Bible and worship God.

 

I am being brief and simplistic here—but let me make a few comments.

 

1.     The Historical Reliability of the Bible has been tested. -   It is ludicrous to suggest that everyone who ascribes to the validity of the Bible is non-scientific and blindly believes what he or she reads.   Christian historians, theologians, and scientists, have studied the Bible and have not been afraid to subject it to the same scrutiny as they would any ancient manuscript.

2.     Sound Methods have been used to Analyze Ancient Biblical Documents.  The good news is that historians have found in assessing manuscripts from all around the Mediterranean world—Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Greece—and they have been able to reconstruct the original text with about 99.5 percent accuracy.  There is no evidence that New Testament texts were doctored or that material was added. 

3.     Other ancient Texts.  Did you know that we have fourteen thousand fragments of the New Testament, and many of those dating from a few decades after they were first written?  When it comes to Plato and Aristotle, we have only a few copies, and the time gap between the original and existing documents is much longer.  I never hear anyone question the validity or authenticity of either of these two men. 

 

This blog is a brief glimpse into the reliability of the Bible and an encouragement to those who read it.  For those who have had their doubts—do some of your own research—your heart and mind will take courage in the evidence that is out there to prove the authenticity of the Bible. 

 

I know what the Bible means to me.  It is the one book I have read that always convicts me.  It is the one book I have read that always stirs my heart and challenges me to change.  No book in the world touches my heart like the Bible.  That may not be proof to anyone else, but my heart says a quiet and resounding “thank you Lord, I know you are real.”  I believe the Bible is true because it has been tried and tested.  I believe it is authentic because it stirs my heart like no other book.  I know that it is reliable because no book has impacted lives more lastingly and significantly than the Bible.  I understand this is merely anecdotal evidence, but it affirms what has been tried and tested.

 

My prayer is that you will open the Bible and allow it to speak to your heart.  It has been speaking to hearts through the centuries and God still uses His Word to challenge and change hearts in this complicated and challenging 21st century.

 

I am and always will be,

Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,

Carol