Can we trust the bible? Is the Bible really God’s word? Those are questions that more and more people are asking in today’s fast-paced world. There are so many different denominations teaching so many different doctrines from the same passages of scripture that it is understandable why so many people don’t trust the bible. But, many people don’t even bother to read the bible for themselves because they are too busy, or they don’t think they can understand it, or because they don’t believe it has anything to offer them. Does it? Is the bible really God’s word? Can I put my trust in such a controversial book? Was it really inspired by God? There are those who believe it was, but the number of those who don’t believe is growing rapidly.
The Bible is a great book to read for several reasons. It is the number one selling book ever. It was originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by over 40 authors over a period of fifteen or sixteen hundred years.
It contains all the elements of the popular books of our day. There are stories about lust, sex, adultery, rape, murder, heartache, heartbreak, lies, betrayal, sea monsters, demons and demon possession, witchcraft, animal and human sacrifices, and every other bad thing you can think of. On the other hand, there are stories involving every good thing you can think of, like love, hope, kindness, honesty, faithfulness, truthfulness, sacrifice, marriages that lasted until death parted them, and all the beauty and happiness that the human race lives for and longs for.
By the end of 2014, the full Bible has been translated into 531 languages, and parts of it have been translated into 2,883 languages. It has proven to be a great history book and a road map to a brighter future. It is the basis of our governmental system and many of our laws here in the United States.
Sadly, God’s people, to whom the book was written, have a hard time agreeing on everything it teaches. That is why I started this blog. I want to present subjects I have studied, subjects many disagree on, and subjects I am passionate about. I want to present what the Bible says, not what a denomination teaches. I pray that God will fill me with his Holy Spirit and guide me as I study and present his holy word to people who desire to know the truth, and I pray that the world will benefit from it.
Let’s examine a few things in this book and see if we can trust the bible or not.
First, the bible claims to be inspired by God.
In 2 Timothy 3:16, the Apostle Paul said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
In 2 Peter 1:21 the Apostle Peter said, “For the prophecy in old time did not come by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
In Heb 3:7 we read, “The Holy Spirit said…” Not the writer, but the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit inspired or impressed holy men to write what they wrote and they put it down in their own words. Sometimes He even told them exactly what to write, as we saw in Hebrews 3:7. The Holy Spirit also inspired Paul to write the next verse we are going to look at.
1 Tim. 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in latter times some will depart from the faith, listening to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”
Today, Bible “Scholars” are saying that the bible is NOT the inspired word of God. Even seminaries are teaching their ministers that “the bible is NOT to be taken literally. It is, at best, just another history book, NOT the inspired word of God.” In several Bibles, there are introductions at the beginning of each book placed there by the publishers. Several of these introductions I have read, say something to the effect that the writer either had to be there, or had to get his information from someone who was there, or copied from another writer, and on and on and on. Saying things like this is limiting the power of God and denying that the Bible is inspired by God. These are subtle but they are slowly eroding faith in God’s word. These are doctrines of devils.
The Bible is the word of God, and here is the proof. There are hundreds of prophecies of the Messiah in scripture that Jesus fulfilled. Some of them were written hundreds of year before Jesus was born.
King Cyrus was foretold, by name, to overthrow Babylon almost 150 years before he was born. (Isaiah 45-46)
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a statue in Daniel chapter 2. God told Daniel what the dream meant. It spelled out the four great world empires that would directly affect God’s people, in great detail, from Daniel’s time to the end of the world. Babylon, which was ruling at the time, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. These nations did rise to power just as the Bible predicted many years before it happened.
In Daniel chapter 9 we have another prophecy of 490 years. The time period stretched from the decree to rebuild Babylon all the way down to the time of the Messiah. It foretold that He would die for others and he did. This prophecy tells the exact year of the death of the Messiah. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy over 500 years after it was written down.
By using this prophecy and the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John along with the dates of the Jewish feast days we can pinpoint the exact year, month, day and hour that Jesus died, but that’s another study.
The Bible has also been proven to change the lives of those who read it. There is Power in the pages of this holy book. Simply put, a supernatural force accompanies the Bible. We know that it’s the Holy Spirit of God. He brings the Bible to life and invites the reader to have a close personal relationship with God. When you read about Jesus and get to know Him, and spend time with Him every day, you grow to love Him. The proof is in the thousands of people who testify that their lives were changed for the better from reading the word of God.
So without a doubt, the Bible can be trusted. It has been proven time and time again, not only by fulfilled prophecies but by Archaeology as well. Tons of proof for the accuracy of the Bible has been unearthed over the years. Every year more and more proof is unearthed to show the accuracy of the Bible, yet so many still refuse to believe. I don’t remember where I heard it but, I like this quote.
“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is enough.”
There will always be those who scoff and put us down for following God, but Jesus said, “those who endure til the end shall be saved (Matt. 24:13).”
So can we trust the Bible? Is the Bible really God’s word? The answer to both questions is, YES. It is the word of the living God. Read it. Study it. Be changed by it.
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