How do we know the Bible is trustworthy?
How do we know the Bible is trustworthy? It’s a question many people ask today.
Let’s look at just a few of the external and internal evidences.
External evidence includes the number of copies of the Bible from around the time it was written. That’s what historians look for to see if a book is accurate, dismissing rumors that a book was changed as it was passed down from generation to generation. There are 5,366 copies or fragments of the Bible from the time it was written until just 70 years afterward. That fact dispels doubt that the Bible was changed over time.
External evidence also includes archeology. For instance, Rick Warren notes how historians used to say that Solomon couldn’t have had the horses the Bible says he had because no one had horses at that time. But then thousands of horse stables were found in an archaeological dig!
There is also internal evidence that the Bible is true, such as eyewitness accounts. If I receive information that is second or third-hand, I might not be able to trust it. But if it’s an eyewitness account, my level of trust grows. In a court of law, a prosecutor with two or three eyewitness accounts has a pretty good chance of making her case.
The Bible is filled with eyewitness accounts. Moses was there when the Red Sea split; Joshua was there to watch Jericho fall; John witnessed firsthand the miracles of Jesus; the disciples saw their resurrected Savior.
The internal evidence of the Bible also includes the fact that it tells one story with consistency — though it was written over 1,500 years on three different continents by 40 different authors from every walk of life. No human being could account for that. It’s an amazing example of God’s abilities. The Bible tells one story from beginning to end: God’s love and salvation for people and how he came into this world through Jesus Christ (for more evidence, check out Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, who will be speaking at Grace next weekend).
As true as this book is, it doesn’t make much of a difference if it stays on your shelf. You’ve got to open it so it can change your life. John 3:33 says, “Anyone who examines this evidence will come to stake his life on this: that God himself is the truth” (Message).