Many people wonder if the Bible can be trusted. Is it really divine or a collection of stories, fairy tales, myths and legends meant to appease some innate need for religion.
The Bible plainly states that faith is required in order to please GOD (see Heb. 11:6). Therefore, we can rest assured that the Bible can no more be definitively proven scientifically to be define than the existence of GOD.
But, there is significant evidence for the honest truth-seeker to make an informed decision regarding the validity of the Bible's claim as being GOD's divinely inspired Word.
To that end, here are the top ten reasons why I believe it is more logical to accept the Scriptures as being divinely given.
- The writings of the Bible contain a vast number of prophecies, many written centuries before their fulfillment.
Every time, the prophecy proved accurate.
- Despite being compiled over a period of about 1,500 years by approximately 40 writers, the Bible reads like a single author from cover to cover. This reality is striking when you read other literature across such a span.
- No group of humans could have successfully pulled off such a diverse, perfectly harmonious collection of writings without supernatural assistance, especially considering that most of the writers did not know one another (i.e., Old Testament writers versus New Testament).
- Despite the concerted efforts of countless individuals and groups over the centuries, no one has successfully disproved the Scriptures.
- Only the Bible provides what I find to be reasonable, satisfactory answers to my greatest questions about life, including who I am, what my purpose is, where everything I see originated, how life began and why bad things happen to good people.
- The Bible uniquely teaches me to develop the type of character whereby I want my life to be characterized.
- In the Bible, I find the solutions to the life's biggest problems, including finding purpose in death, comfort in heartache, forgiveness for transgressions, joy despite suffering, and family in spite of imperfection and differences.
- I have never obeyed the teachings found in the Bible and afterward regretted it. Given my inability to consistently foresee and make good choices solely based on my own wisdom, this track record of following the Bible's guidance boosts my faith in its divine origin. Despite being very old, its teachings have withstood the test of time, providing life-altering and life-saving guidance to its readers over thousands of years.
- I observe from personal experience and the testimony of history that the more people in a society adhere to the teachings of the Bible, the better that society seems to function, and vice versa.
- The writings of early Christians, including those of the New Testament (such as quotes from Old Testament passages), demonstrate the widespread use of the Scriptures, the highest respect for their accuracy and applicability to guide their lives, and a strong desire to preserve their integrity with accurate copies.
Those are my top reasons.
For more information on this subject, I recommend Josh McDowell's The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict.
Why do you believe that the Bible is divinely inspired?