What are the top seven reasons for why we can trust the Bible?
- djmantxLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
1-7 Revelation of the Holy Spirit
- rezanyLv 51 decade ago
- AngelsFanLv 61 decade ago
#1.No prophecsy has failed ,none whatso ever.
#2.It was written by 40 different authors,over a 2000 year period,on 3 different continents,most of them never knew one another ,yet they all agree on the nature and purpose of God.In any other situation from science to history,this would be impossible.
#3.The Bible talks about cities and civilizations that modern man,up until the 1800s,thought were made up people and places.Such as Assyria,the Hittites,Troas(Troy),the Philistines,etc.
#4.Changed lives for the better.
That's all I can think of.
- spankyLv 61 decade ago
The Bible tells us how to live a life worthy to God.
The Bible is useful for teaching our families.
The Bible is our blueprint from God.
The Bible is the Truth.
God gave us Jesus and the story to share with all generations.
God teaches us about grace and forgiveness. The last but most important one is God gave us Jesus.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
1 fulfilled prophesies
2 textual integrity
3 collaboration by archeology
4 internal consistency across the 66 books
5 eyewitnesses to the resurrection willing to go to their deaths holding the story
6 good fruit in the lives of believers
7 creation, the worldwide flood and the spread of mankind corroborated by creation science
to name a few
- LunarsightLv 51 decade ago
The Bible is a fascinating book, and there's a lot of relevant historical data, but with that said, I would take a lot of it with a grain of salt. (Revelation, for instance.)Source(s): Addendum : I'm reading the other answers. I don't feel the things that others are listening definitively prove the inerrancy of the Bible. (That would be the ultimate test of trust to me.) Christians accept the Bible's self-assurance of its inerrancy, which is fine, but that's obviously a matter of faith.
- BrotherMichaelLv 61 decade ago
1. An inscribed stone was found that refers to Pontius Pilate, named as Prefect of Judaea.’ (The New Bible Dictionary, (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 1962.)
1. Luke 3:1, "Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea..."
2. "A decree of Claudius found at Delphi (Greece) describes Gallio as proconsul of Achaia in ad 51, thus giving a correlation with the ministry of Paul in Corinth (Acts 18:12)." (The New Bible Dictionary)
1. Acts 18:12, "But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat."
3. Excavations have revealed a text naming a benefactor Erastus which may be a reference relating to the city-treasurer of Rom. 16:23. (The New Bible Dictionary)
1. Rom. 16:23, "Gaius, host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer greets you, and Quartus, the brother."
4. At Ephesus parts of the temple of Artemis have been uncovered as is mentioned in Acts 19:28-41. (The New Bible Dictionary)
1. Acts 19:28, "And when they heard this and were filled with rage, they began crying out, saying, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians."
5. "It is known that Quirinius was made governor of Syria by Augustus in AD 6. Archaeologist Sir William Ramsay discovered several inscriptions that indicated that Quirinius was governor of Syria on two occasions, the first time several years prior to this date...archaeology has provided some unexpected and supportive answers. Additionally, while supplying the background behind these events, archaeology also assists us in establishing several facts. (1) A taxation-census was a fairly common procedure in the Roman Empire and it did occur in Judea, in particular. (2) Persons were required to return to their home city in order to fulfill the requirements of the process. (3) These procedures were apparently employed during the reign of Augustus (37 BC–AD 14), placing it well within the general time frame of Jesus’ birth."
6. "The historical trustworthiness of Luke has been attested by a number of inscriptions. The ‘politarchs’ of Thessalonica (Acts 17:6,8) were magistrates and are named in five inscriptions from the city in the 1st century ad. Similarly Publius is correctly designated proµtos (‘first man’) or Governor of Malta (Acts 28:7). Near Lystra inscriptions record the dedication to Zeus of a statue of Hermes by some Lycaonians, and near by was a stone altar for ‘the Hearer of Prayer’ (Zeus) and Hermes. This explains the local identification of Barnabas and Paul with Zeus (Jupiter) and Hermes (Mercury) respectively (Acts 14:11). Derbe, Paul’s next stopping-place, was identified by Ballance in 1956 with Kaerti Hüyük near Karaman (AS 7, 1957, pp. 147ff.). Luke’s earlier references to *Quirinius as governor of Syria before the death of Herod I (Luke 2:2) and to *Lysanias as tetrarch of Abilene (Luke 3:1) have likewise received inscriptional support." (The New Bible Dictionary.)
Also, the walls of Jericho have been found, destroyed just as the Bible says. Many critics doubted that Nazareth ever existed, yet archaeologists have found a first-century synagogue inscription at Caesarea verified its existence. Finds have verified Herod the Great and his son Herod Antipas. The remains of the Apostle Peter's house have been found at Capernaum. Bones with nail scars through the wrists and feet have been uncovered as well demonstrating the actuality of crucifixion. The High Priest Caiaphas' bones have been discovered in an ossuary (a box used to store bones).
Plus, the prophecies in Daniel 2 which came to pass exactly as predicted.Source(s): http://www.carm.org/questions/trustbible.htm
- Ghost WolfLv 61 decade ago
Men wrote it
At different times
2000 years ago
all of which had no understanding of modern science
and used circular logic to say god wrote it
With prophecies fulfilled only in it's own writting
With prophecies not even fufilled in it's own writting
That's my top seven.
- 1 decade ago
Creation is the first reason you can trust the bible, for everything in life has an author behind it. Everything you see and use is a creation. Everything has been created by someone/something. It is not even possible to assume that nothing came from nothing. Or that dead matter came to live on it's own and had the intelligence to bring life into being. If we find anything human made intricate and complicated, what does this compare with the human brain? The genetic code and so forth.
THe next reason you can trust the bible, is the reason why you need it in the first place. Sin. where does our ability to perceive evil come from? if we are simply evolved animals? Most cultures have the knowledge from somewhere that our private parts should be covered up. Only some cultures continue to expose, most do not. Even in hot weather, the natural inclination to cover ones private parts, dates right back and these reasons can easily be found in the genesis account. THe fall of man from grace, instinctive knowledge of nakedness. Very few cultures ever expose themselves, and the bible warns on deliberate immodesty.
you can believe the bible is the worldwide flood of Noah. This even, described in the bible, can now be proven that it actually DID take place. The damage and devastation of the flood is the reason for the upheavel of the land today and why they find fossils on mountain tops all over the world, fish included. There were huge techtonic plate movements, some thrust downwards forming huge canons. Others thrust upwards forming mountain chains around the world. The rupture of the earth's surface caused immense subterranian waters which enveloped the earth, many say ten miles down. The water burst through these plate ruptures causing gigantic worldwide floods.(there are 250 worldwide legends in every known culture telling of total flooding confirming the biblical account of Noah).
another reason you can believe n the bible, is the obvious existence of dinosaurs. Many claim that they are a product of evolution and died out before human beings walked the earth and claim that there is no mention of these creatures in the bible. ON the contrary, these great beasts were mentioned in the old testament, proving (at least for Christians) that they walked the earth the sametime as man and are simply another creature of God. The word dinosaur was not invented until 1841 by Sir Richard Owen, a famous british anatomist. He got the word Dinosaur from greek words meaning "terrible lizard". So, yu would not expect to find the 'word" dinosaur in the bible, so once again, it does not mean these beasts were not mentioned. Here is God's account of the largest animal (we believe the dinosaur) that he had made - "Behold now behemoth, which I made with you' he eats grass like an ox. See now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the muscles of his belly. He moves his tail like a cedar(tree); the sinews of his thighs are knit together. His bones are like tubes of bronze; his limbs are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: His maker brings near his sword' (Job 40:15 - 19). there is also evidence in this day and age that dinosaurs walked on the earth the same time as men. Many cultures have dragon legends, where dragons and humans are closely associated. E.g. whales, England, Asia. these legends are confirmed by recent archeological discoveries. Dinosaur bones cut open for transport purposes amazingly revealed human tissue and blood! Which most certainly cannot last!!!! Even in an enclosed environment more than a few thousand years. Dinosaur tracks have been found alongside human tracks in several locations. E.g. the Paluxy river in USA. When uncovered, they have gradually eroded, but not before detailed photographic evidence which can be accessed on file and has been witnessed by many visitors to these sites.
another reason to believe in the bible, is evidence for a young earth. Now, this is probably one of the most interesting. The only talk you hear of billions of years, is from evolution scientists. Yet in the biblical account, the earth is dated only around 6000 years old. The stars of our own Galaxy, the Milky way, rotate about the galactic center with different speeds, the inner ones rotating faster than the outer ones. The rotation speeds are so fast that if our galaxy were more than a few hundred million years old, it would be a featureless disc of stars instead of its present shape. Yet our galaxy is supposed to be at least 10 billion years old. Evolutionists call this the "winding up dilemma" which they have known about for fifty years. They have devised many theories to try and explain it, each one faling after a brief period of popularity. The same winding up delemma also appplies to galaxies.
I could go on and on about the evidences for a young earth. The lack of fossil data. If the earth was billions of years old, we'd be overwhelmed with fossils particularly of evolutionary forms, there would not be a theory of evolution, it would be a fact, for how can they be searching for a missing link, if the earth is billions of years old? They'd not help but stumble on them continually.
There is every reason to consider creation, given the holes in evolution. EVery reason to consider that every kind reproduces after its own kind, that variatin within a species is not evolution, as one kind is not becoming something else. A cat will never become a dog, no matter how many variations you get.
Everything you believe depends souly on a young earth creation and from there, the accounts of the bible need not be laughed at or ignored, but can also be put to the test (flood being one).
The bible tells us "there were giants in those days". There is evidence also that rather than "evolving", than humans have if anything de-volved, both in size and in health and probably intelligence judging by amazing archelogical sites in Egypt and south America (e.g. Mayan civilisatin) in the Andes, where evidence of amazing stone structural and transport achievements battle modern scientists!
You ask for seven reasons, yet you do not ask specific questions, so how would I know how to address which ones you are looking for? Have you read the bible yourself?
There are evidences that the earth was created, evidence the earth maybe as young as the bible tells us, evidence for a worldwide flood and prophecies passed down to perceive the times we are living in. These prophecies themselves have to be explored. Then you go onto the gospels.
You cannot simply pick and choose, it's all there for you to read and explore yourself and go through. I am certain you may not be satisfied with any answer given you, and I can only do my best with what I have. I believe in the bible not only by what I see around me, by the logical sense it makes of a created world, but also faith. I "believe" what God has told me. And I can do that because His account in genesis fits in perfectly with what is being discovered today!
- 1 decade ago
This oughta be good.