Do you believe the Bible can be trusted? Does it contain absolute truth? I, as have millions of others, have leaned on the Scriptures for many years during difficult and trying time of heartache and sorrow for comfort, wisdom, and counsel. I believe all words in Scripture were written through holy men by the Holy Spirit (inspired) and to be completely true (inherent) and trustworthy (infallible).

Do you believe the Bible can be trusted? Does it contain absolute truth? I, as have millions of others, have leaned on the Scriptures for many years during difficult and trying time of heartache and sorrow for comfort, wisdom, and counsel. I believe all words in Scripture were written through holy men by the Holy Spirit (inspired) and to be completely true (inherent) and trustworthy (infallible).


"The words of the Lord are flawless" (Psalm 12:6). Everyone wants to be led by truth because His Word is truth (John 17:17). Can we believe every word of Scripture? Psalm 30:5 says, "Every word of God proves true." He is not man that he should lie or a son of man that he should repent (Numbers 23:19). The Bible does not discuss every topic known to man but on what it does discuss it is 100% inerrant. "All Your Words are true and will stand forever" (Psalm 119:160).


One reason you can trust Scripture is the number of prophecies that have come true. Of the almost 2,500 prophecies, about 2,000 have come to pass leaving about 500 yet to come. The chance of all 2000 of those prophecies coming to pass is 1 X 102000 (That’s 1 with 2,000 zeroes behind it!). Bible Scholar Charles Ryrie has noted that it would take two hundred billion earths with four billion people on each of them to come up with just one person with the ability to achieve one hundred accurate sequential prophecies. That’s just for one hundred and the Bible has seen 2,000 come true!


The Bible is also the number one best seller of all times. It has outlasted all other writings. The oldest portions of the Bible are approximately 3,500 years old and are as accurate and consistent today as originally written. Just think about the Bible’s longevity. As many people who love it also hate it and have tried to destroy it. Emperors and Kings have ordered it wiped off the face of the earth. The Roman Emperor Diocletian (303 AD) killed enough Christians and destroyed enough Bibles to think he had destroyed them both prompting him to create a monument that read, "The Christian religion is destroyed and the worship of the Roman gods restored."


But Christianity survived and even thrived as the next Emperor Constantine made Christianity the official religion of Rome (380 AD). Before the age of copy machines and the printing press, scribes accurately hand copied thousands of parchments of Scripture with only a handful of errors (and these didn’t change theology or meaning. i.e. spelling, style). The Bible is true and trustworthy!


Did you know long before Galileo claimed the Earth was round, the Bible said it was? Isaiah 40:22 says God sits above the circle of the earth. Job 26:7 confirms the earth’s gravitational field as the Lord "hangs the earth on nothing." The Bible is also written primarily by eyewitness or first-person accounts.


Great discoveries proved the Bible’s consistency and inerrancy like the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were found in a cave over a ten year period starting in 1947, were jars that contained 2,000 year old copies (1,000 years older than any other existing copies) of the entire Hebrew Scripture (except the book of Esther). Archaeological discoveries like the Pool of Siloam, the fallen walls of Jericho, and many other confirm these places, people, and stories actually happened as the Bible depicts them. The Bible is true and trustworthy! Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away but My Word will last forever" (Mark 13:31).



Stephen Harrison is the senior pastor of Family Church at White Hall.



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