We’ve all heard the critics. The Bible is archaic with outdated ideas. It’s been through too many translations, which one is correct? It’s just a bunch of myths with no merit. Can it be trusted? These are just a few comments about Bible reliability.
Let me offer a few facts about the Bible.*
It was written over a period of 1600 years and
has more than 40 writers, including kings, military leaders, fishermen, farmers and a doctor.
It was written on 3 continents, in 3 languages, on controversial subjects which
include history, poetry, genealogies, parables, letters and prophecy.
It employs common literary devices such as symbolism, metaphors, similes, hyperboles, and sarcasm.
It connects Old Testament and New Testament with over 300 fulfilled prophecies in the birth, life, miracles, death and resurrection of Jesus.
In all this it is constant in its worldview, teachings and God’s unfolding story of man’s fall and redemption!
In addition, there are over 5,000 copies of the New Testament. More than the writings of Caesar, Aristotle, Plato, Homer and many more combined.
II Timothy 3:16 (NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
The Bible can be trusted because, though it was written by men in their own style, God was guiding the content and accuracy.
The Bible records stories of man at his best and at his worst. It has been said that man could never have written it alone because he would have taken out all his own flaws and mistakes.
The Bible can be trusted because it provides absolutes for us, allowing each one to live a life pleasing to God.
Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
The Bible is not just another book. It is alive! Evidence of this is found in the innumerable lives changed for the better by following its teachings.
Yes, it has been misused by people for personal gain and ideology. There are multiple warnings about this in scripture. We cannot control what other people do. We can only search for ourselves, with a sincere heart for truth. Almighty God himself has given and kept his Holy Word through all generations. He still speaks through it today and we have his promise:
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT)
So, can the Bible be trusted? Let me answer that with a resounding YES!
*There are many more in depth resources on this available online. Bible.org is one I like.
Jodi Davis Lybrand is a lifelong resident of Shelby County. She is married and has raised two wonderful sons, has a beautiful daughter-in-law and 4 of the most adorable grandchildren ever!
Her favorites include playing with those awesome grand sweeties, enjoying long walks and sunsets, visiting with friends, old and new, painting and working on her bucket list!
A Bible teacher for 30 years, teaching preschool to senior adults (before she was one!) Jodi jests that she can teach you a Bible lesson in sixty seconds or sixty minutes! Most of all she loves to encourage people through the truths found in God’s holy word