Did Jesus ever tell us to believe in the Bible? No. Then why should one believe in it? We must remember that the “Bible” as we know it did not exist in the days of Christ. There was no New Testament. Jesus, in all his teachings never mentioned “the Bible.” At the time of Jesus, the Old testament (law/books of Moses, Torah, etc.), did exist and Jesus knew it well. He referred to it often; in nearly every teaching. Jesus believed in the Old Testament. When often answering questions of the scribes and Pharisees, he quoted it. Why can’t we?
At this point then, are we truly questioning our belief in the Bible or are we questioning our belief in Jesus Christ? Jesus Believed in the Scriptures, (the Old Testament). He referred to it often. He used it to reproof many, (2 Tim 3:16). Then, what did Jesus tell us to believe in? He told us to believe in Him. If we are to believe in Jesus Christ, we will inherently believe in the Bible. Why? John tells us that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus] was in the beginning with God,” (John 1:1-2).
One of the most recalled verses in the entire Bible tells us that if we believe in Him [Jesus] we will be saved and have eternal life, (John 3:16). Also see John 6:47, 14:6, 8:24. In Acts 16:31, the apostle Paul tells us to believe in the Lord Jesus and we will be saved. John wrote, “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I [Jesus] am He, you will die in your sins,” (John 8:24). Jesus was the Word. The Word became flesh, (John 1:1-2). The Bible is the Word. If we believe in Jesus, we will inherently believe the Bible.
I have believed in God and Jesus my entire life. However, I did spend many years rationalizing that although the Bible may have been inspired by God; God-breathed, it was in fact written by men, men with bias, and was itself “edited” by men, and therefore fallible; prone to many possible errors. How can I then find any fault with someone who tells be that “they” don’t believe the Bible is true?
Today, I indeed do believe the Bible is the true, inerrant Word of God. I believe God in Jesus, led me to this belief through much of the Word itself. I in no way believe that I arrived at this by myself. Nearly ten years of intense self-Bible study, scrutiny, the process of textual criticism, formal ministry education, the power of the Holy Spirit, and He Himself, Jesus, brought me to this conclusion.
How can I then use the Bible; the Word itself to persuade one to believe that the Bible is indeed God-breathed and perfect in every respect? I believe the truth to be that I cannot. I cannot make one believe the Bible is true and accurate; Only Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit can do that.
How did I start my journey to total faith in the inerrancy of the Bible? Contrary to what some tell me, I started with an open mind and actively search for reasons to believe. As for starting with something tangible, I began with a book by Dr. Randall Price, (researcher and archaeologist) called, “The Stones Cry Out.” I then moved on to another book by the same author called, “Searching for the Original Bible.” Now, I cannot tell you that Price and these two books convinced me of the truth of the Bible. They did however catapult me on my way to that belief.
How can one truly claim to believe in Jesus and all He is while disbelieving the truth of the Bible? Though I obviously can be wrong, I don’t see how this is possible. I myself had no right to claim that I knew and believed in Jesus while disavowing the Bible and all it tells me about Him. For everything we know of Christ comes to us through the Bible, through the God-breathed Word; and ultimately in the Word made flesh. Even as we may have heard it preached from a pulpit, it comes from the Bible.
I pray often for God to lift the veil from the hearts of those who refuse to believe in Him, in Christ, in the Bible, (2 Cor 4:4, 1 Cor 2:14, John 12:40). I pray that God will lift this veil so that they can see for themselves how much they need Jesus. As a minister of the Christian faith, I cannot nor should I, try to lead you to my way of thinking. As a minister of Christ, my hope is to lead you to Him; to Christ Himself. It is only Christ through His Holy Spirit that can change your mind.