Can You Trust the Bible? 6 Reasons You Can
Uniquely Under Fire
Last week I had a long conversation with a man I’d never met. I thought he wanted to talk about his faith. Actually, he wanted to dismantle his wife’s newfound faith in Jesus by using the same arguments I have heard hundreds of times before.
He couldn’t get past my adamant stance that the Bible is the Word of God and can be trusted. Men like him are why I became determined to do an Equipping series of podcasts to prove that the Bible is, indeed, the Word of God. Check it out.
Here is why the Bible is the most unique book ever written:
Uniqueness in Literature
Because we have ZERO original autographs from any author in antiquity, we must rely on manuscripts, copies, of original autographs. Homer’s famous Iliad, for example, comes in second place with 643 such manuscripts! But the Bible has over 21,000 manuscript copies, distancing itself from the rest.
Uniqueness of Diversity
Spanning over 1,500-years, from every known continent at the time, in three languages, over 40 authors from every walk of life, ethnicity, and demographic: kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars, a doctor, a rabbi, an accountant, a bartender, general, a shepherd, and fishermen—no other book is as diverse as the Bible
Uniqueness of Circulation
The Guinness Book of World Records, says, “It is impossible to know exactly how many copies have been printed” but suggests that the number probably lies between 5 and 7 billion, with a B!
Josh McDowell writes, “Overall, there is absolutely no book that reaches or even begins to compare to the circulation of the Scriptures.”
Uniqueness of Translation
According to Wikipedia, “The Bible has been translated into 3,312 languages and an estimated 2,584 languages that have active Bible translation projects.”
Uniqueness of Survival
Apologist Bernard Ramm explains:
“A thousand times over, the death knell of the Bible has been sounded, the funeral procession formed, the inscription cut in the tombstone, and the committal read. But somehow the corpse never stays put. No other book has been so chopped, knifed, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What other book has been subject to a mass attack than the Bible? With such venom and skepticism? With such thoroughness and erudition? Upon every chapter, line, and tenet? The Bible is still loved by millions, read by millions, and studied by million.”
Uniqueness of Teaching and Main Characters
It is clear from scrolling social media that people only want to show their best life—no blemishes, failures, or conflicts. But not the Bible. It deals frankly with the sins of its main characters as if its authors want to expose the depravity of man to glorify the greatness of God!
A Unique Conclusion
Josh McDowell, who came to faith in Jesus while trying to disprove the Bible concludes this:
“Any intelligent person who is seeking truth would certainly read and consider a book that has the historical qualifications of the Bible. The unique qualifications separate the Scriptures from any book that has ever been written…The Bible should be on the top shelf all by itself.”