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How Do I KNow the Bible is True

How Do I KNow the Bible is True

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Published by: Michael K. Dwyer on Oct 10, 2010
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are good reasons totrust the Bible.Both external andinternal evidence support thestatement that the Bible istrue and righteousaltogether
(Psalm19:9).
There are good reasons totrust the Bible.Both external andinternal evidence support thestatement that the Bible istrue and righteousaltogether
(Psalm19:9).
 
2EXTERNAL EVIDENCEExternal
evidence, that is, facts outside of theBible demonstrate that it is a reliable and trust-worthy source of information.
Scientific Evidence
No scientific fact has ever disproved theBible in any way. Many people will say, “TheBible is not a scientific book, but is meant toprovide a religious or spiritual view of the uni-verse.” The implication of that statement is thatbecause the physical descriptions serve a reli-gious intent, these descriptions cannot be ex-pected to be absolutely accurate. Therefore,we are told not to trust the scientific detailsbut only seek the moral or religious teaching.This line of thinking is wrong because it isillogical. How are we to decide which state-ments are true and which are not? If we can-not trust some statements in the Bible, thenwe cannot trust the moral or spiritual messageit brings. The reason we could not trust thespiritual message is that we would not have astandard by which to know what things areaccurate and relevant to our lives and whatthings are inaccurate and not to be taken seri-ously.This line of thinking is wrong because it isa faithless insult to God Who is the author of the Bible. The accuracy of the accounts,people, and places in the Bible is a reflectionof God’s integrity, inasmuch as He presentsstatements which are to be taken at face valueand which are a reflection of God’s ability tokeep the contents of the Bible accurate overthe centuries. We cannot have too high a re-gard for the accurate description of the physi-cal world as presented in the Bible because itreflects upon God Who wrote it.
 
3 An Example from Geography
While the Bible does not intend to deliber-ately school its readers in scientific principlesand data, any subject which it discusses aboutGod’s creation is accurate and true. As onecase in point, we can turn to Job 26:7, wherewe read a modern description of the earth as itspins in empty space. This was written about3,000 years B.C. This description is in sharpcontrast to the fantastic imaginary notionswhich the rest of the world taught or believedat that time. In support of Job 26:7, Isaiah40:22 points out that God sits upon “the circleof the earth.” The earth would appear as a“circle” to all those who lived on it only if itwere a sphere. Isaiah 40 matches the descrip-tion in Job 26 and supports its accurate state-ment, which is what we can expect from theBible. After all, who knows better than the Cre-ator how the universe is designed and built?
 An Example from Archaeology
The oldest extant copies of the most famousGreek poems and essays are from 800 to 1,000years newer than the original manuscripts.However, no scholar would accept an argu-ment that these Greek classics are unfaithfulto the original and should be thrown away. Incontrast to that, the oldest copies of many OldTestament books are only 200 years newerthan the original. And the oldest copies of some New Testament books are dated only 50to 80 years later than the original autographs.On the basis of that information, then, theBible should be trusted at least as much as theGreek literature, which is so revered today.Recent discoveries have validated the his-torical integrity of the Bible, causing many ar-chaeologists, who have had a poor regard forthe Bible, to turn from a bias against it to ascientific respect for it. For example, in Gen-esis 15:20 a people called the “Hittites” are

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