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July 12, 2012

Is the Bible a Trustworthy Document?

Critics would deny that the Bible is a trustworthy document for the most part not because they find contradictions or errors in the Bible or can discredit its historical validity but because the Bible presents a standard for truth.  Just as a contractor and an architect rely on a standard by which to measure what they are building, God has given a moral standard for man in the Bible.  That is why the Bible is often referred to as the canon of scripture.  A biblical canon, or canon of scripture,is a list of books considered to be authoritative scripture. The word “canon” comes from the Greek “κανών”, meaning “rule” or “measuring stick“.  Imagine a contractor trying to build your house without a tape measurer?  It would be about as stable as building your life without the canon of God’s infallible word.  It can be trusted implicitly. Through the years, I have observed that when people are faced with the great challenges of heartache, sorrow, testing, and trials, the only thing that provides real confidence and hope is the holy, inspired Word of God. There is no other anchor that compares to God’s Word.

God gives us many proofs that the Bible is reliable. Some come from the text of the Bible itself, others from fulfilled prophecy, church history, science, and archaeology.

Out of my own personal experience and study I have come to the conclusion that the Bible is absolutely true and absolutely trustworthy.  It has passed the test of time.  It has been 100% accurate in every fulfilled prophecy which gives us confidence in the prophecies yet to be fulfilled.  Scholars estimate we can find approximately twenty-five hundred prophecies in the Bible. Roughly two thousand of those have been fulfilled with remarkable precision. Because I believe we are living in the last days before Christ’s second coming, I look forward to seeing the remaining 500 come to pass in the near future.

Although comprised of 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament and written through the hands of some 40 authors over a span of some 1,600 years the message of the Bible has amazing consistency.  The central theme throughout the Bible is Jesus Christ and God’s redemptive plan for man through His Son.

In the 1700’s the French infidel, Voltaire, said that the Bible would be extinct within 100 years.  Yet, within a few years of his death, the Geneva Bible Society began using Voltaire’s house to print Bibles and eventually his house became the headquarters for the British and Foreign Bible Society!

Perhaps the greatest test for the trustworthiness of the Bible is personal.  Put it to the test.  I challenge you to read it daily, meditate on its message, claim its promises and obey its commands and see if God does not validate His own word in your heart.  Isaiah 55:10-11 (NIV) says, As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”   The great purpose of the Bible is that we may come to Christ and experience His love and grace.  In John 5:39-40, Jesus encountered some religious rulers who failed to understand God’s purpose in giving us His Word.  He said to them, You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,  yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”  Let the Word of God bring you into relationship with the God of the Word.

 

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