can i trust the bible

Can I Trust the Bible?

“Can I Trust the Bible?”

If I were to tell you, “I am God, and here is my book, and if you don’t obey me you are going to hell,” you would probably think that I was either joking or crazy.  However, if you read my book and noticed that I wrote all kinds of fantastical things that were going to happen in the future – specific things that no one could possibly predict – and every single one of them started happening just as I wrote they would, all of the sudden my book would hold a little more weight, and my claims wouldn’t seem all that insignificant anymore.

God boasts on the fact that He alone can properly interpret history: past, present and future (Isaiah 41:22-24; Isaiah 42:8-9).  One of the strongest evidences for the accuracy of the bible is the phenomenon of fulfilledspecific prophesies.  Other religious books contain a few vague predictions, but they can be interpreted many different ways and are in no way comparable to the huge number of specific prophecies that are found in the Bible which were fulfilled literally (not figuratively).

The Old Testament alone contains no less than 90 prophesies about a coming Messiah (or savior), with 333 details pertaining to his birth, life and crucifixion (hundreds of years before Rome existed, let alone Roman crucifixion!).  The chances of all the prophesies about this savior being fulfilled in one person is 1 chance in 84… with 97 0’s after it!  Yet all of them were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  Now we can chalk that up to chance; however if we do, we are now stepping into the deep waters of blind faith, not reason.

THE BIBLE TRIVIA QUIZ:
If someone asks a question like “how do you know the bible is the word of God”, respond by asking them if you could do a little trivia.  Say, “I just want to read you a passage from the bible, and then you can tell me who it’s talking about”.

(don’t tell them what book you are reading from, or whether or not it’s in the Old or New Testament)

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.  Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth…”

So who do you think that verse is talking about?  9 out of 10 people will say, “it’s obviously talking about Jesus”.  At which point I would respond with – you are right.  It’s obviously talking about Jesus.  There is no other historical figure that could match that description.  However, the amazing thing is that THAT passage was written over 700 years before Jesus was ever born!

The bible has accurately predicted major, history-changing events with precise detail, thousands of times; including the birth, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.  However, there is one thing that the bible prophesied about that hasn’t come true – yet.  And that’s the day when Jesus returns to exercise justice by punishing the wicked and those who rebel against him, while also exercising mercy and grace for those who have repented and put their faith in Him.

Mark Spence

Can We Trust The Bible

Voddie Baucham

Why I Choose To Believe The Bible

 

 

 

3 replies
  1. Bianiza
    Bianiza says:

    Pastor David,That is a great question, and a great elampxe!For me, What is the meaning of life is a meaningless question and just reveals the presuppositions of the questioner. So that is how I answer that question. I would say: What is the meaning of rocks has the same quality of a question as What is the meaning of Life. It is an anthropomorphic delusional reflex to expect meaning where it does not exist.Many people can’t parse the question that way. Other people may have the question haunt them and wonder: Gee, maybe there is one purpose, one Meaning, one goal for all life or at least for humans and I guess I am suppose to find it. For those sorts of people (who are haunted by the question) rather than slide into nasty Calvinist solutions, they could say:(1) I don’t know and it I don’t think it is important for me to pretend to know.(2) I don’t know, I don’t think we can know.(3) I think the answer is to love each other.(4) I don’t know but I wonder about it all the time and that makes me feel good even though I can never answer it.or anything but: my peace is in the questions because that really does not tell us anything about what they are really thinking and really doing with the question. And so people can interpret that any way they want to fit their worldview.For instance, if someone asked you:(a) Is Jesus a god?or(b) Does the Bible have guidelines for living that are significantly more accurate than non-religious folks have written?Would you simply respond, my peace is in the questions ?If so, then the phrase shows it true colors. And if not, then you should tell us what type of questions My peace is the questions? is meant to be useful for and how.But adages, aphorisms and platitudes sell better than the analytic approach that I am suggesting may be more productive and direct.I hope this makes my point more clear, or perhaps it is too irritating to have the phrase challenged. But, I love questioning even adages about questions. I actually question this to hopefully improve understanding maybe in the end it will be my understanding alone which will be improved.

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  2. Cristobal
    Cristobal says:

    Communication is one thing, communion is quite anthoer. Narcissistic egoism makes communion impossible, even communication becomes exceedingly difficult. And the deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless. It is beyond words, and it is beyond speech, and it is beyond concept. Not that we discover a new unity. We discover an older unity. My dear brothers, we are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. Thomas Merton, Asian Journal A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. ~Albert Einstein If I live in a world that has no meaning beyond my own biography, my own personal pains and joys, I will experience an emptiness that always threatens to render even my most joyous moments “meaningless.” Only through participation in a universe whose ultimate meaning is larger than my own life and life span can this psycho-spiritual problem be resolved. ~Jeremy Taylor, “Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill” The point of the spiritual life is not our personal private holiness but rather opening our selves so that the life of God can pour out on the community. ~ Maggie Ross Attachment to spiritual things is just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else. – Thomas Merton The life of the soul is not knowledge, it is love, since love is the act of the supreme faculty, the will, by which man is formally united to the final end of all his strivings by which man becomes one with God. .The heights that can be reached by metaphysical speculation introduce a man into a realm of pure and subtle pleasure that offers the most nearly permanent delights you can find in the natural order. When you go one step higher, and base your speculations on premises that are revealed, the pleasure gets deeper and more perfect still.a0 Yet even though the subject matter may be the mysteries of the Christian faith, the manner of contemplating them, speculative and impersonal, may still not transcend the natural plane, at least as far as practical consequences go. Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain

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