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Is The Bible True?  

 

 

 

The Bible is a reliable collection of historical documents written down by eye witnesses during the lifetime of other eye witnesses. They report to us supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claim to be divine rather than human in origin.
-Voddie Baucham

 

S.U.P.E.R.T.E.A.M.S.

  • Says about itself 
  • Uniqueness 
  • Prophecy 
  • Eyewitness 
  • Resurrection of Jesus Christ 
  • Truthfulness 
  • Endurance  
  • Archaeological Evidence 
  • Manuscript Evidence 
  • Scientific Evidence              

 

What the Bible Says about Itself  

  •   "All your words are true" Psalm 119:160
  •   "Every word of God is flawless" Proverbs 30:5
  •   "All Scripture is God-breathed" 2 Timothy 3:16 

 

The Uniqueness of The Bible   

  • The Bible is comprised of 66 separate books, and it was written over a period of at least 1,500 years by more than 40 authors who for the most part didn't know each other personally. 
  • The writers of the Bible came from different social and occupational backgrounds.
  • The Bible was composed on three different continents (Asia, Africa and Europe) and in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek).
  • One common thread: How a sinful rebellious human race can be made right with a Holy and Perfect God, through the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
  • The Bible's message of grace. Every other faith book tells you what you need to do to be accepted by God, the Bible says you can't do it, it was done for you.  

 

Prophetic Evidence  

If a book was truly from God, we would expect to see predictions of future events, with precisely 100% accuracy. The Bible contains many fulfilled prophecies and some yet to be fulfilled. If just one prophecy fails, the Bible cannot be from God.   

Here is a passage from Scripture -   

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 
All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; 
"He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!" 
For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; 
they have pierced my hands and feet-
I can count all my bones-they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. 
Psalm 22:1,7-8,16-18  
 

What is this describing? If you said Jesus' crucifixion, you're right! But it was written 1000 years before Jesus was even born, and on top of that, crucifixion hadn't even been invented yet!

 

Eyewitness Testimony    

The early followers of Jesus had absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose by claiming what they did. There is no reason to suppose that the writers of the New Testament would fabricate the events of the New Testament since they had nothing to gain. Not only was there nothing to gain, but there was everything to lose by claiming what they did about Jesus. Generally, the reliability of eyewitness testimony is strengthened if it can be shown that the witness has much to lose by telling the truth. For example, we can believe a child when he confesses to doing something wrong that would ultimately lead him into getting a spanking. If he admits to it and risks a spanking, then it is reasonable to believe that the child is telling the truth. In addition, if the eye witnesses' testimonies were false, others would have been able to contradict and stop the growth of Christianity. 

In addition to the many writers of the New Testament who were eye witnesses, there were thousands of others-
  

  • Feeding of over 5,000 people
  • Feeding of over 4,000 people 
  • Those who saw Jesus enter Jerusalem 
  • Over 500 witnesses to the resurrected Christ 

 

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

 

The Truthfulness of the Bible  

If a writing mentions something embarrassing about its author, it's probably true. Why would a writer make up a lie that would make him look bad? The Bible records people's behavior whether it was good or bad. There are numerous accounts that could have been conveniently omitted from Scripture.     

Some example include:  

  • The disciples are constantly not understanding Jesus' teachings 
  • Peter was called Satan by Jesus  
  • Peter denied Christ three times  
  • The disciples were cowards 
  • The disciples hid when Jesus was arrested, and the women turned out to be the brave ones who went to the empty tomb first and were the first ones to spread the news Jesus had risen from the dead. (What men would start up a new religion and show how cowardly they acted in the face of fear?) 
  • The disciples were doubters. Even after a resurrected Jesus physically appears, some of them still weren't sure he had risen.  
  • The Bible doesn't shy away from recording sinful behavior from people like David and Peter. It records squabbles, hard sayings, rebukes amongst the church leaders, gory descriptions and many unpleasant details.   

It's not a sugar coated message, but rather the truth. Truth is that which corresponds to reality. Reality, likewise, is often ugly and difficult.

 

The Endurance of the Bible  

No other book has been dissected, critiqued, banned, burned and ridiculed the way the Bible has. No other book has motivated more people to attempt to discredit its validity. Yet the Bible stands and it's still here today, having sold more copies than any other book in history.

 

Archaeological Evidence  

  • The Hittites were once thought to be a biblical legend, until their capital and records were discovered in Turkey. 
  • It was once claimed there was no Assyrian king named Sargon as recorded in Isaiah 20:1, because this name was not known in any other record. Then, Sargon's palace was discovered in Iraq. The very event mentioned in Isaiah Chapter 20, his capture of Ashdod, was recorded in the palace walls.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947 also verify the reliability of the OT manuscripts.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls were ancient documents that were hidden in a cave in Israel about 2000 years ago. The scrolls contained many OT books.   

 

Manuscript Evidence 

 

 

Scientific Evidence  

The Spherical Shape of the Earth 
"He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth."
Isaiah 40:22
 

The Earth's Free Float in Space 
"He stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing." Job 26:7 

The Water Cycle 
"He wraps the rain in His thick clouds, and the clouds don't burst with the weight." Job 26:8
"For He draws up the drops of water; they distill His mist in rain, which the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly." Job 36:27-28   

Read Luke 17:34-36
It says the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will occur while some are asleep at night and others are working in the field during daytime. This indicates a revolving earth, with day and night at the same time.
   

 

Conclusion      

If you have read through this entire page and you still believe the Bible is full of myths, fables, errors and contradictions, I would simply ask you to check your heart. Are there reasons that you don't want to believe it? If you approach the Bible with a hard heart, you'll be able to find what you believe to be problems with it. God gives grace to the humble, and He resists the proud. For the individuals with a humble heart, the Bible contains the very words of life. 

 

 


       


Questions

The Big Question

Does God Exist?

What Is The Bible?

Is The Bible True?

Who Is Jesus?

Is Jesus In Every Book Of The Bible?

Is Jesus God?

Did Jesus Fulfill Any Prophecies?

Did God Create You?

What About Reincarnation?

Are You Going To Heaven?

What Is The Truth About Hell?

Who Will You Believe?

Want To Find A Good Church?

Looking For A Church In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania?

Which Bible Translation Is Right For Me?

 

Objections

"All Religions Lead To God"

"Never Talk About Religion Or Politics"

"Judge Not..."

"The Bible Is Full Of Contradictions"

"A Powerful God Wouldn't Allow So Much Evil..."

"The Church Is Full Of Hypocrites"

"What About Those Who Never Hear About Jesus?"

"A God of Love vs. A God of Wrath"

"A Loving God Wouldn't Send People To Hell"

"You're Only A Christian Because You..."

"As Long As You're Sincere In What You Believe"

"How Do You Know Which Religion Is Right?"

"God Would Never Forgive Someone Like Me"

"I Can't Believe In Miracles"

"Unanswered Prayer Shows God Doesn't Exist"

"What's With All The Different Denominations?"

"Jesus Was Just a Copycat of Pagan Myths"

"What About The Crusades?"

"What About Slavery In The Bible?"

"What About Evolution?"

"What About Homosexuality?"

"Jesus Didn't Say Anything About Homosexuality"

"What About Abortion?"

 

Other Stuff

   Other Beliefs

     Judaism

     Roman Catholicism

     Islam

     Jehovah's Witnesses

     Mormonism

     Seventh-Day Adventism

     Buddhism

     Hinduism

     Baha'i

     New Age

     Christian Science

     Scientology

     Freemasonry

     Oneness Pentecostals

     Unitarian Universalism

     Rastafarianism

     Wicca

     Satanism

What I Believe

Theological Terms and Definitions

Belief Comparison Chart

An Eschatological Overview (End Times)

Good Quotes

Paul Washer Quotes

20 Logical Fallacies

17 Questions Every Christian Should Think About

My Prayer - I Have A Problem...

More Than A Holiday

Honest Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses

Honest Questions For Mormons

Questions For Skeptics

10 Reasons To Tell Your Kids The Truth About Santa

A View From The Life Boat

A Collection of Helpful Bible Passages

A Story About A Boy Named Mikey

Thoughts On The Doctrine Of Definite Atonement

Questions To Ask A Child Before Their Baptism

A Critique Of An Origin-Of-Life Article

No Hope In The Pope

Terrorism - What You Can Do About It

The Impact Of A Blind Elderly Woman

Evidence For The Resurrection - W.O.M.E.N.

 

Apologetics / Evangelism

What Is Apologetics?

Why Should We Do Apologetics?

What Is Presuppositional Apologetics? 

What Do You KNOW? 

What Is Evangelism? 

Why Should We Evangelize? 

Are Christian Doing A Good Job Of Evangelizing? 

7 Reasons People Don't Share Their Faith

The Question Of Evangelism - Words Or Works? 

Is The World In Which We Live In Today Tolerant? 

Preaching What We Practice and Talking The Walk

Man vs. God Centered Evangelism

 

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An Important Aspect of Baptism

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The Impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Thoughts About Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner

A Pastor's Response To The Marriage Debate

Sin By Any Other Name Is Still Sin

Should a Woman Be a Pastor or Elder?

Wives, Submit To Your Husbands?

The Shack - Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

Universalism - A Problem for Everyone

 

Audio / Video

    Original Sermon Jams

     Born Again - Paul Washer

     Does Jesus Know You? - Paul Washer

     We Got An A! - Paul Washer

     A Boy On The Street - R.C. Sproul

     Fearless - R.C. Sproul

     Hypocrites - R.C. Sproul

     Smiling Faces - R.C. Sproul

     Authorized Personnel Only - Tony Evans

     Drive-thru - Tony Evans

     One Flesh - Tony Evans

     Sex - Tony Evans

     The Satisfier - Tony Evans

     Who to Serve? - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     The Voice of Truth - Pastor Ben Maxie

     Transformed - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     Where is the Love? - Pastor Ben Maxie

     He Claimed to be God - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     Love is a Behavior - Pastor Ben Maxie

     Examine It for Yourself - Pastor Mike Leonzo

     Perfect Love - Pastor Ben Maxie

     We Need Preachers - Mike Bongo

     The Sovereignty of God in Evangelism - Mike Bongo 

     I'm Ready - Mike Bongo

     Our Day in Court - Mike Bongo

     Examine Yourself - Mike Bongo

     Exclusivity - Mike Bongo

     Our World - Mike Bongo

     The Great Exchange - Mike Bongo 

     True God - Mike Bongo

    The One Minute Apologist

     Intolerance - Greg Koukl

     Legislating Morality - Frank Turek

     Intelligent Design and Creation - Bill Dembski

     Tolerance is Unbiblical - Josh McDowell

     Homosexual Forgiveness - Michael Brown

     What Must I Do To Be Saved? - Hank Hannegraaff

     Is Jesus A Copycat Savior? - J. Warner Wallace

     The Resurrection - Gary Habernas

     Contradictions In The Bible - Mike Licona

     Is It About Winning Arguments? - Mary Jo Sharp

     Does Christianity Oppress Women? - Dianna Newman

     Is Evil An Argument For God? - Brett Kunkle

   WWUTT (When We Understand The Text)

     Hate The Sin, Love The Sinner?

     Thou Shalt Not Judge?

     God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle?

     Do We Have To Prove That God Exists?

     Preach The Gospel, If Necessary Use Words?

     You Don't Have To Go To Church To Be A Christian?

     I Stand At The Door And Knock?

     God Has Already Chosen Who Will Be Saved?

     Spare The Rod, Spoil the Child?

     The Bible Says Slavery is Okay?

     Are Catholics Saved?

     God Foreknew Who Would Be Saved?

     Does The Bible Say Homosexuality is A Sin?

     Alter Calls And The Sinner's Prayer?

     Worse Than An Unbeliever?

    Kids Section

     The Gospel

     David Platt On Sharing the Gospel With Children

     For The Children: Are You Saved? - Paul Washer

     2 Amazing 11 Year Old Boys

   Other Audio / Video

     Rescue The Perishing

     Emeal Zwayne's Dialogue With A Homosexual

     The Big Questions of Life - Voddie Baucham

   Explore God

     Is There A God?

     Can We Know God Personally?

     Why Does God Allow Pain And Suffering?

     Is Jesus Really God?

     Are Christians Judgmental?

   The Bible Project

     The Book of Genesis Overview - Part 1 of 2 

     The Book of Genesis Overview - Part 2 of 2 

     The Book of Exodus Overview - Part 1 of 2

     The Book of Exodus Overview - Part 2 of 2

     The Book of Leviticus Overview

     The Book of Numbers Overview

     The Book of Deuteronomy Overview

     The Book of Joshua Overview

     The Book of Judges Overview

     The Book of Ruth Overview

     The Book of 1 Samuel Overview

     The Book of 2 Samuel Overview

     The Books of 1 and 2 Kings Overview

     The Book of Job Overview

     The Book of Psalms Overview

     The Book of Proverbs Overview

     The Book of Song of Songs Overview

     The Book of Isaiah Overview - Part 1 of 2

     The Book of Isaiah Overview - Part 2 of 2

     The Book of Hosea Overview

     The Book of Joel Overview

     The Book of Amos Overview

     The Book of Obadiah Overview

     The Book of Jonah Overview

     The Book of Micah Overview

     The Book of Nahum Overview

     The Book of Habakkuk Overview

     The Book of Zephaniah Overview 

Street Conversations

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Street Conversations - George & Paul

Street Conversations - Don

Street Conversations - VeeJay

Street Conversations - Joe

Street Conversations - Ralph 

Street Conversations - Charles

Street Conversations - Ed

Street Conversations - Ken

Street Conversations - Jessica

Street Conversations - Ida

Street Conversations - Earl & Evadel 

Street Conversations - Jim  

Street Conversations - Raheem

Street Conversations - Raheem part 2

Street Conversations - My Mom

Street Conversations - Eddie

Street Conversations - Renee

Street Conversations - Ron

Street Conversations - Rash

Street Conversations - Preacher

Street Conversations - Luis

Street Conversations - Keith

Street Conversations - Hippy

Street Conversations - Rich

Street Conversations - Hippy part 2

Street Conversations - Butch

Street Conversations - Scott

Street Conversations - Marcos

Street Conversations - Will & James

Street Conversations - Alexander and Valerie

Street Conversations - Jerry and Steve

Street Conversations - Blake

 

Me      

My Baptism

Parable Of The Talents  

Survey Says  

A Hard Lesson  

Talking About Jesus  

The Perfect Gift  

A Faith Worth Thinking About  

Stand Strong  

Peace At Christmas  

Resolutions From Revelation  

Takin' The Gospel To The Streets  

Responding Rightly To The Gospel Of Grace  

A Defense That Honors God And His Word  

Encouragement In Corinth  

The Dash

Surrendering To Win

The Gospel

The Laborers Are Few; Therefore...

Love Has No Labels - A Response

Faith That Works

Atheists: They Don't Exist

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