Have you ever read a biography of John F. Kennedy? Have you ever read a history of the civil war? So if I asked you if you believe that President J.F.K really existed, you’d say yes? And if I asked you whether or not the U.S. ever had a civil war, you’d say yes? Great, easy enough questions. Here’s just one more, have you ever read, “The Bible?” So, if I asked you whether or not the things the Bible says are true, you’d say yes, right?
So, Why should we believe what the Bible says? Let’s listen to a few people who speak about believing in the scriptures. Peter tells us, “For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2 Peter 1:16 NASB) The apostle Paul tells us, “For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Gal 1:11-12 NASB)
Let’s listen to a couple more people. The apostle John tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2 NASB) Paul says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (2 Tim 3:16)
So, we’ve heard from a few apostles. Let’s turn to God. What does God tell us? To Moses, God said, “…Write down these words, for in accordance with these words, I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”(Exo 34:27) The inspired writer of Psalm 119:160 says, “…Your word is truth…” and in John 10:35, Jesus says, “Scripture cannot be broken.” John brings us another, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory.” (John 1:14) Here again, we know that scriptures are true because God Himself told Moses to, “write down these words.” And, we’re also told in the Bible, that God cannot lie, “in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago…”
So, we know the Bible is true. God tells us it’s true. Jesus tells us it’s true. Christ’s apostles tell us it’s true. None of us here on planet earth can say, “we’re right and God is wrong.” Good luck with that one.
Let’s now take a look at Plato. Plate wrote some books too. Scholars say they are convinced that what Plato writes in his book, are real and accurate. But they only have “copies” of his books. They also say that these “copies” were made 1200 years after the originals. I understand that students attending “secular” colleges can spend a great deal of time studying and reading Plato. Oh, just one final note on these “copied” manuscripts of Plato, scholars claim there are only seven copies known to exist.
Now, let’s see what we know about the bible. For the New testament, many scholars agree that the earliest copies of some of these manuscripts date to within only fifty years of the events, they are written about. The Dead Sea Scrolls proved to everyone of the authenticity of the Old testament and its reliability factor. Archaeology has even proven some of the historicity of the Bible, and oh by the way, Scholars say they have nearly six thousand surviving “copies” of the new Testament.
So, Can we all believe that the Bible is the “true” Word of God? If we can believe that a person named John F. Kennedy was the 35th Presidents of the United States, then we can believe the bible is true. If we can believe that there was a civil war in the United States centuries ago, we can believe the Bible is true. If we can all believe Plato and Home is true, we can believe the Bible is true.
And finally the apostle John tells us, “but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” I can go on and on, citing bible verses and biblical works that tell us that the Bible is true, but I believe we all get it.
I am always amazed when I hear people say, that they don’t believe in the Bible, that they don’t believe in God. When I go to the doctor’s office, I don’t go up to the reception desk and ask to see the doctor’s credentials. Now, I’m not saying that there isn’t anyone who would do such a thing, but how many people would do that. We believe the doctor has training. We believe what the doctor tells us. Why? Because we have faith. We have faith in what the doctor tells us, we have faith, that the doctor knows what he/she is talking about.
I got to tell you, I personally never saw the apostle Paul’s diploma, Peter’s or anyone else’s for that matter, but, I can tell you that the Bible is indeed the Word of God. It is indeed true and without error, because we, “..walk by faith not by sight.” (2 Cor 5:7)
© Clayton Moore 2016