IS THE BIBLE AUTHENTIC?
Why should we
believe that the Bible is God's Word and not something concocted by humans?
Below is a
table containing information on some important volumes of historical literature:
How do we
gauge the authenticity of an historical document?
need to find out the time span elapsed from when it happened/ when it was
written, to when the first copy was found. Obviously, the shorter the time
span, the less room for error and corruption of the original story by
folklore or by fraudulent/ falsified copies.
we need to find out how many original manuscripts there were. The more
manuscripts there are concerning the same story, especially when written at
the same time,
but in different
obviously adds to the integrity/ authenticity of the document.
briefly how historians and scientists evaluate a document's authenticity.
table above, we see that the earliest existing documents concerning Roman
history were found 900 years (almost
1 whole millennium!!) after the events happened, and that only 20 original
copies exist. Yet,
how is it that we all believe without question that Roman Historical
literature (Julius Caesar etc) IS the factual Truth?
then that the Bible manuscripts
date from only 30 -150
years after they happened,
and that more than 30
By comparison then, Roman History becomes a mere 'fairy tale' when compared
to the Bible for authenticity, accuracy and integrity.
Professor FF Bruce was
one of the world’s foremost Textual
History critics (and a
non-Christian) at the time that he said:
“The interval then between the dates of original composition and the earliest
extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact
negligible, especially when compared to the dates of academically
accepted Historical documents such
as those detailing Roman History. The
last foundation for any doubt that the scripts of the Old and New Testaments
have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed.
Both the authenticity and the general integrity of these works may now be
finally established and proved, probably
to be the most authentic historical documents known to man.” !!
has to go beyond mere
skepticism about the authenticity of these Books – in fact, anyone who denies
that these books are factual and
genuine, must therefore doubt all historical
literature written in the last 3 millennia, because there
is not a single historical document that has anywhere near the scientific
credentials that the Bible has as being authentic.
Having established therefore, according to irrefutable scientific and academic
evidence that the Bible is, as far
as we can possibly prove, authentic, we need to examine its contents.
academic footing then, we have to accept (regardless of how skeptical we as
humans are by nature) the fact that what it says, really
happened, based on its authenticity, and verified
by scholars as factual history.
What the Bible
actually says (to cut a long story short!) is that it’s
contents are the Word of God, that God created man and a son called Jesus who
was God incarnate, who walked on water, who parted the seas, who made men who
were born without eyes see, who turned water to wine, who fed thousands with 5
fish, who raised the dead, who performed so
many incredible miracles that
really only a God could perform and who selflessly died for man’s fallen nature.
Many of these facts are verified by other historical documents of the same
period, including much Hebraic
literature and even the Qu’ran.
of the Bible's contents concern prophecy -
foretelling the future.
the Old Testament about the Messiah –
all written at least 600-800 years
before Jesus lived and most of which were fulfilled by Jesus! How
is this possible without God’s intervention?
to admit to ourselves too, that if
Jesus was real, if He
was who He claimed to be, then we have to pretty darn stupid not
to believe in Him and accept His promised gift of everlasting life
through Him dying on the cross for us. It sounds all hocus-pocus,
airy-fairy stuff, but this God of ours is Sovereign, all-powerful, all
capable and all consuming. How can we, as mere mortals, even begin to
understand and grasp the enormity
of GOD? Yet, He has
provided for us a way, within our mortal scope of intelligence and
understanding, that we can understand and believe – His
warned us personally throughout
His Word of the consequences of our pride
and skepticism: if we reject His awesome promise of salvation
through His Son, if we reject His love, grace and power, we will burn in
Hell forever, with much “wailing and gnashing of teeth, eternal
suffering, travail and torment” – this is the Bible’s description of
hell. (Being a dentist, the gnashing of teeth didn’t sound too
Matthew 13: 37 He
answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The
field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the
kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and
the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age,
and the harvesters are angels. 40 "As
the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so
it will be at the end of the age. 41 The
Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his
kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They
will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and
gnashing of teeth. 43Then
the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He
who has ears, let him hear.