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How Do We Know the Bible is True?

Introduction

Critics of the Bible point to contradictory theories and controversies within the Scriptures which often confuse its content and message. Others try to discredit its authenticity in light of historical “facts” and its many authors. How can we use the Bible as a reliable source for information and guidance? How do we respond to critics who claim the Bible is full of errors?

Listen to our series where we address these questions
and many more.

Why do we accept the Bible as the reliable word of God?

Whether you are a devout Christian or not, we assume you are a seeker of truth who is willing to assume there is a possibility this Book is what we proclaim it to be. We have found there are specific steps to “test” the Scriptures to see if they are a harmonious message from a Higher Power.

Resources on this page are a first step for that truth seeker who wants to follow methodical lines of reasoning to find out more. Why does this particular Book have such power that people throughout the centuries have been willing to die for its message?

We believe the Bible reveals the plan of God which explains the past, present and future in a way that is more beautiful and reasonable than is generally understood.

Those who recognize the Bible as the revelation of God’s plan will agree that, if inspired by God, its teachings must be taken as a whole. As such, it reveals a plan that is consistent within itself and with the character of its Divine Author. The more we study, the more we see evidence of the Bible’s supernatural origin. Our Christian Questions podcast seeks to demonstrate that the Bible can indeed prove itself.

Many question the Bible’s validity because it was written over long periods of time by many authors. In the following podcast episodes, we examined the history of how the Bible came together, and why certain books were canonized and others omitted. Using a panel of biblical experts, we discussed various proofs of the Bible’s inspiration and credibility.

Why didn’t God make the Bible easier to understand?

The Almighty God surely could have written the Bible in such a way that it would be universally understood! If He wants all men to know Him and what He expects of us, why wouldn’t it be indisputably plain? Since comparatively few of the world’s population are Christian, is His plan a miserable failure? If God does in fact love sinners so much, He sure seems to be losing the conversion battle. After all, sinners are sinning faster and far more efficiently than they are converting!

Some say, “I will believe it if God speaks to me directly.” But this is not God’s way.

In light of His view of eternity, He is temporarily giving sin and Satan reign over this earth.

God has a purpose and a plan with a specific timeline of events needing to unfold, so that mankind will eternally learn the lessons of sin and death. This timeline includes different opportunities for the followers of Jesus and the rest of mankind at large to come to know God. Only those who are truly seeking God now will be able to understand Him. However, in the future all will come to know who God is.

For an in-depth study on this important question listen to the following podcast episodes:

Is there and approach to better study the bible so that it makes more sense?

We all need wise and experienced teachers.

The Bible is a massive work and is not written to be read like a novel. It is made up of 66 individual books that include poetry, history, prophecy and chronology. Each book reflects aspects of God’s overall plan, but within its own context. On the surface, this creates more mystery than harmony. We also need to avoid cherry-picking its verses to draw our own conclusions.

So now what? We suggest a holistic study of Scripture using five interlocking approaches described here.

Christian Questions regularly employs these methods during our podcast episodes as a way of breaking down and understanding what the Scriptures mean. We invite you to study with us every week so you can,

“Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good”

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Bible Study

Personal Bible study is important – not only do we need to know WHAT we believe, but we are accountable for WHY we believe it. Christian Questions encourages all to, “Think about the Bible like you never have before,” by going through a step-by-step layered approach to our weekly topics. Soon you will be more and more familiar with the keys to make the Bible more relevant and more meaningful in your life.

For an in-depth understanding and description of how each of these approaches to Bible study can be employed in your own studies, click the button below to learn more.