Is the Bible Reliable?

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Can the Bible really be trusted? Is there enough evidence to prove it trustworthy?

Please take a few minutes to read this and find out. Your future may depend on what you find here and the decision you make.

The person that gave this to you really cares for you and where you will spend eternity.

 

People often say that the Bible is just an old book of fairy tales, or something of this nature. This tells me that they have not taken a good look at the Bible at all.

You see, there are five strong pillars which the Bible stands on. Let’s take a quick look at each one.

Historical Evidence

“Historical evidence routinely includes ancient literature, business records, and government documents, analyzed in conjunction with linguistics, geography, and archaeological analysis of physical objects (pottery, coins, remains of buildings, etc.), using forensic science techniques.” (www.ICR.org)

Scientific Accuracy

The scientific accuracy of the Bible is amazing! There are numerous examples in the Bible of scientific statements which were thought to be preposterous hundreds of years ago. In more recent times, scientists have found that what the Bible says is true.

For example, before Columbus sailed around the world, people thought the world was flat! Two thousand years before Columbus, the Bible stated that the world was round.

The Bible speaks of specific design in the creation. There are scientists that acknowledge that there are at least 40 qualities of the universe that must be within certain measurements or life could not exist on earth (Austin American Statesman, October 19, 1997).

For at least 98 other examples, review Ray Comfort’s book “Scientific Facts in the Bible.”

Manuscript Evidence

Manuscript evidence assures us that what you read today is the same as what the author wrote.  The New Testament has over 24,000 documents, partial or whole, which are dated from 100 to 300 years after the original writings.  Other literature does not compare.  For example, Plato, 7 copies with a 1,200 year gap, Tacitus, 20 copies with a 1,000 year gap, and Caesar, 10 copies with a 1,000 year gap (FaithFacts.org).

Archeological Evidence

Archeological evidence abounds!  Consider this, there is an entire version of the Bible dealing with nothing but the archeological evidence that confirms what the Bible says is true.  Archeologists would dig and find various ruins and artifacts, catalog them, and see where they matched up in the Bible.

They realized the accuracy of the Scriptures so they began to reverse the process.  Archeologists would read the Bible, figure out where a place should be which was described in various passages, determine where to dig and start sampling.  More often than not, they would find what they were looking for.

Prophetic Accuracy

Lastly, the evidence for accurate prophecies in the Bible abound.  Just the number of prophecies concerning Jesus and His first coming number over 300!  So, what is prophecy?  The most common sense of the word prophecy is the foretelling of a future event.  Some prophecies are very blatant while others are somewhat cryptic and others fall between the two.

It Will Stand

The Bible is a unique book that will stand on it’s own. It has stood the test of time and will continue to do so. We can trust what it says is true.

Finally

Whether you believe in God or not, you will stand before God and be judged because God is righteous and cannot let anything unholy enter His kingdom. God’s standard is the Ten Commandments. Have you ever lied, stolen anything (even a penny), used God’s name in a way other than to honor Him? God sees you as a liar, a blasphemer and a thief.

God is a perfect judge and will judge perfectly. You will be accountable for all you have done in your life. You will either gain entrance to heaven to be with Him, or be sentenced to judgment for the rest of eternity.

What do you need to do? If you do not care and are willing to be responsible for all your sins against God, you do not have to do anything. Keep living your life as you please. If you want something better, keep reading.

God Does Care

God made a way for you to be with Him in Heaven. To pay for your sins, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sins by dying on a cross. Jesus was buried but on the third day, He rose according to the Scriptures to prove Who He is and that the payment was accepted.

If you want the shed blood of Christ who suffered and died on the cross to pay for your sins, you need to repent, change your mind about who Jesus Christ is. He is God, but, is He your God?

A New Creation

With repentance, you become a new creation! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

It is so awesome to think that I have been forgiven of EVERY sin that I have ever committed in my life! That is cause for celebration! It is cause for thanks to the One who saved us.

The life of a Christian is to thank Him for taking the punishment we deserved by honoring God in all we say and do.

What Next

Personal Bible Study. Get a Bible, study it and obey what you read. I prefer the New King James Version. It is an easier to read version than the King James Version. Pick a book within the Bible like Romans, John, or Revelation and study it. Listen to what God has to say to you!

Prayer. As Bible study is listening to God speak to you, prayer is you talking to God. Spend time thanking God for what He has done, time praying His will to be done in your life, for others and their needs, then for your own needs.

Fellowship. Find a church that takes the Bible serious, studying verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book. This may take some time. You may need to find a small group that does this if a local church does not.

Evangelism. Find a church that takes evangelism seriously. Learn to share what the Bible says with others. You can find this tract and others like this at www.RepentAndTrust.info. Print some tracts or buy some tracts and pass them out.

Test of Biblical Assurance

As a seed grows, you can see what kind of plant it is by the fruit it produces. Similarly, as one grows in life, you can see if a person is a Christian by what he is like. The Bible say to examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. (2Co. 13:5)

How can one be assured that he is saved, going to Heaven? Look up the following verses. Periodically test yourself and see if your life lines up with them, if you are in Him (Galatians).

1Jn 1:5-7; 1Jn 1:8-10; 1Jn 2:3-4; 1Jn 2:9-11, 3:14; Mat 6:7;  1Jn 2:15-17;  1Jn 2:24-25; 1Jn 3:10; 1Jn 4:13; Heb 12:5-8; Acts 2:42, Heb 10:25;  Luk 10:2, 1Co 9:16; Gal 5:22-23; Rom 6:17, 2Ti 1:3

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to confirm these things in your life or to bring them into your life so that you will be assured of your salvation.

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