Why We can believe that the bible is true
If the Bible is What it Purports To Be, Then it is the Most Significant 'Book' in History!
In fact, it is wrong to think of the Bible as just one book. It is actually a collection of books, written over a huge period of time in many different locations and by dozens of people.
Inspired by God? Since we cannot prove that the Bible is 'inspired' by using Biblical passages (that would be using circular arguments!) we can begin by proving that it is a legitimate and trustworthy manuscript, and THEN consider what it says. Once it is proven reliable, in fact it will be proven MORE reliable than any other ancient manuscript, then we can assume that it is worthy of serious consideration of its subject matter. (MORE)
The claim of inspiration is really quite outrageous. A visual that comes to mind is God dictating, and a 'scribe' writing down word for word what God intended to be revealed to the world through time. This image, while intriguing yet silly at the same time, is not exactly what happened. Make no mistake, the writers wrote what God wanted them to write. (MORE)
The best way to consider the acceptance of the documents are to think of them in terms of evidence. Simon Greenleaf was a professor of Law at Harvard University in the nineteenth century, and established himself as a premier authority on the rules of evidence. His three volume work on the rules of evidence is still a standard used by lawyers today. He wrote a treatise on the admissibility of the four Gospels, and concluded that the "competence of the New Testament documents would be established in any court of law." In short, according to one of the most prestigious experts on the admissibility of documents in a court of law, the Bible is able to withstand the scrutiny and be accepted as reliable evidence. (MORE)
The 'canon' is a term that refers to the ‘standard,’ or ‘rule.’ The early church fathers, in an effort to preserve the integrity of the ancient writings and the doctrines of the Church, 'canonized' the books that were recognized as 'inspired' by God. When the writings were ‘canonized,’ this simply means that the church accepted them as the ‘official’ documents that were prescribed by God. It is important to realize that they were not simply ‘appointed’ as official, but that they had been recognized for some time by the majority of the Church at the time as the inspired word of God and used as such. The canon simply documents this recognition. (MORE)
YES! The existence of extra-Biblical documentations only helps to confirm the validity of the Bible, and provides incentive for the serious consideration of the Bible's messages. (MORE)
YES! As with the independent collaborations, archaeological evidences discovered confirming items and events in the Bible serve to provide reason to consider the Bible and its teachings seriously. It has been remarked that NO archaeological evidence has been discovered that disproves anything mentioned in the Bible! (MORE)
There are several methods given to translating the Bible. Some are intended to provide strict translation and interpretation from the original (the source) language, and others are intended to relay meaning from the original into today's (the receptor) language. To assure the most independent and unbiased translations and interpretations, in all reputable cases, a board of scholars is employed, along with specialists in history, grammar, etc. Generally, there is minimal scholarly 'issue' with the English translations that we have today. (MORE)
One particularly favorite game of a skeptic is to find alleged discrepancies within the Bible, under the assumption that the existence of these discrepancies invalidate the claim of Divine inspiration - after all, if the Bible were truly inspired, then it would be perfect and have no contradictions or discrepancies - right? In addition to this game, the issue can be of serious importance to a seeker who sees the difficulties, perceives intellectual issues and needs resolution in order to continue serious contemplation of Christianity. This can be a significant stumbling block when not properly understood. (MORE)
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