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Did you know that the Bible is the world’s ultimate number one best seller – there have been more copies produced and bought than any other book in history. People who read the Bible, and believe what it says, find that their lives really change. The Bible is an amazing and unusual book, it was written by humans but God made sure they wrote what he wanted. Here are some reasons why we think you can trust the Bible as containing God’s words to you, his instruction book for your life and his way of introducing himself to you.
Has the Bible been changed and corrupted? Can we trust the Bible?
The original manuscripts of the Bible have been lost but when they were still around they were copied many times, and these copies were then copied etc. The method used to copy was so careful and precise that the New Testament is 99.5% pure and most of these 0.5% discrepancies can be seen to be “typos” or a word repeated, or missed out due to a copying error. The variants are very minor and none of them effect any of the main teachings that the Bible contains. The Bible has been so carefully copied that it makes every other ancient writing look poor in its reliability in comparison – Homer, Plato, Aristotle etc are all much less well preserved than the Bible.
Archeology – evidence
When we are able to test the Bible’s historical accuracy we find it is reliable. As archaeologists discover more about Bible times we discover that town names & places, tribal & individual names and customs all match with the Bible. In it we find an accurate description of daily life and the history of the time. If it’s reliable on the things that we can prove maybe we should trust it on the things that we can’t prove.
Predictions – evidence
The Bible makes predictions about the future. Some of these are about our future and others have already been fulfilled. eg. The prophet Isaiah predicted that a king called Cyrus would give permission for the temple in Jerusalem to be rebuilt – However, when Isaiah said this the temple was already built! 100 years later it was destroyed and a King named Cyrus then came into power and gave the orders for it to be rebuilt!
Science – evidence
The Bible is not a book about how things work, it is a book about why things are here. However, it does talk about things that science discovered to be true a long time after the Bible said it. e.g.1. The earth is suspended on nothing (Job 26.7). At the time when this was written most people believed the earth was held up by pillars or people or animals. e.g.2. The stars are similar in number to the sands of the sea. (Gen 22.17) Up until quite recent years it was thought that this was obviously not true.
Heroes – evidence
The Bible describes many of it’s heroes with plenty of faults. Some of it’s heroes doubt God, are fearful when they face battle, argue and make mistakes. A book that is truthful about it’s heroes can be trusted more than one that isn’t.
Unity – evidence
The Bible seems like it must have been written by one person. The Bible was not written by 1 person but by 40 authors from many different walks of life, over about 1,500 years and yet it all agrees and ties up as if it is written by one person.
Whenever the Bible can be tested it is found to be accurate and reliable, so when it talks about spiritual things, that are much harder to test, it is reasonable to expect that it is accurate and reliable about those things too. If you haven’t really ever read much of the Bible, then a great place to begin is with the life of Jesus – here