How Can You Trust the Bible?
"Did God Really Say?"
It is literally the oldest question in the book. Satan tried his best, and sneakiest tactic right off the bat to throw us off and throw God's creation into a downward spiral (Gen. 3:1).
He wanted us to question God's goodness and revelation. Sadly, it worked then and it continues to work today. Satan’s objective has not changed. Though his questions look a little different at times, they all contain the same idea:
- “Did God really all say those things actually happened?”
- “Did God really say that sex has to wait until you are married?”
- “Did God really mean only one man and one woman committed together for life?”
- “Did God really say that still applies to you today?”
Believing in the truth, trustworthiness and authority of the Bible is essential to living as a disciple of Jesus. In my book, Clear Minds & Dirty Feet, I devoted an entire chapter to this question.
Here are some resources that have helped strengthen my trust in the Bible.
Excellent Videos I Recommend
Here are some books I recommend on the topic:
Reason for God - Tim Keller. This is a fantastic overall apologetic from a seasoned pastor who has engaged with and reached skeptics in New York for decades. He has a fantastic chapter in this book on why we can trust the Bible and why every cultural should doubt their moral presuppositions in light of God's Word
Cold Case Christianity - Jim Warner Wallace. A straightforward presentation of the validity of the NT Gospels from the perspective of an LA homicide detective. There is also a kid's version of this book called, Cold Case Christianity For Kids.
The Doctrine of the Word of God - John Frame. This thick, hardcover is a scholar's essential for laying out a clear and convincing case for the inerrancy/infallibility of the Bible, God's Word.
Communication through revelation is part of what makes Christianity unique. It takes you from a vague idea of “there is some kind of something up there,” to a personal God who communicates with us, revealing what he is like and how to have a relationship with him. Anything that could get in the way of that revelation would be disastrous to us either knowing about God or knowing him personally.
Can we trust that the Bible is actually what God has said to us?
We should be concerned that Satan was the one who originally asked this question and that the response was historically devastating. Having been so successful in one generation after another, Satan has not stopped asking this question.
If you are ever questioned about the reliability of the Bible, you can remember these four points:
- The Bible is authentic. It comes to us from God who spoke through his Holy Spirit to the writers of the Old and New Testaments.
- The Bible is trustworthy. The Bible’s message is consistent - it's about God’s plan of saving people as revealed through Jesus.
- The Bible’s contents are unchanging. This book has been faithfully preserved throughout history.
- The Bible is authoritative. If God has spoken in the Bible, and if God is good, we should be able to trust what he says. Since God is all-knowing, he has access to information that transcends all time and every culture. When we disagree with something the Bible says, we can be sure that we are the ones with the limited information. We can learn to trust the Bible’s teachings and then submit to what it says.
Those are four good reasons to counter the four deadly words, “Has God really said…?” My hope is that you can now see that the best response to the question has always been, “Yes, he has.”