That is a question many have asked after hearing a college professor tell his class, that the Bible was filled with inaccuracies so, it was not trustworthy. It is understandable that some individuals (or groups) are motivated to discredit the Bible, and it is understandable that an unbelieving professor stepped outside out of his expertise. But how should we respond to the 400,000 variants in the Bible? Can we really trust the Bible? To answer this question, we need to start by understanding the One who wrote the Bible. We need to understand the character of God.
What is God Like?
The character of God is the only real reason we can trust the Bible to speak the truth. Most critics are not aware they have a faulty assumption that colors their view of the Bible. Here’s how most people view God.
Psalm 50:21 states. “ You thought that I was just like you.
God speaks boldly in this verse. He Is not like us. He does not make mistakes. He does not need Encyclopedia Britannica, the Library of Congress, or a news reporter to help him understand something or to collect information. He already knows everything and the book of Numbers tells us why we can trust Him when He speaks or writes.
Numbers 23:19. “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or had He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Hebrews 6:18 says “ in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie.
The Mystery Of God
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways. And my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
God Wrote The Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that God wrote the Bible.
All Scripture is inspired by God.
The word inspired comes from a Greek word that means “God Breathed.” That is God “breathed” the words that were to be written. He wrote all 66 books, all 1189 chapters and all 31,173 verses in the Bible. This is an easy task for an omnipotent God. He is not like us – He does not grow tired ( Isaiah 40:28), and He does not sleep ( Psalm 121:14), He does not lie (Numbers 23:19). That is why we can trust what He wrote.
The Voice Of God
How do we know the Bible was written by God? Several years ago I asked a friend and also a believer. Why he believed the Bible was true. He told me that he knew God was real by the experienced he had and by how God had helped him. I told Him about the different so-called religions that thought their god is the true one think about that. If experience is the test of truth, then they were all correct? If so, we have a problem. How do we then know that God is speaking to us in the Bible?
The answer is already given to us in the Bible. Read Deuteronomy 18:20-22.
But the prophet who shall speak a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak or which he shall speak in the name of others gods, that prophets shall die. “ And you may say in your heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord has spoken?” “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which does not come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you shall not be afraid of him.
Fulfilled prophecy is a sign that God has spoken in the Bible. The Bible is the only secured book that contains future predictions that have come true. It is a very unique book with 747 prophecies recorded in about 8,500 verses. That is about 25% of the Bible. The prophecies occur in both the Old Testament and New Testament Apostles, and Jesus all made those about the future. They have come true except for those which are future. The Bible is also a book of history whose facts are being proven to be true with almost every archaeological finding. The Bible is accurate when it speaks to history, and when it makes predictions, they come true. It is Truth.
The Signature of God
The Bible contains a number of fascinating proofs that absolutely authenticate the Scriptures as the authoritative Word of God. The evidence from hundreds of fulfilled prophecies from one of the strongest and most obvious proofs of divine inspiration. – Grant R Jeffrey.