4 Reasons the Bible is True
The Bible never argues explicitly for its own validity. However, when it’s held up in comparison to other religious writings like the Quran, the Book of Mormon, and the Vedas it stands out as an otherworldly volume. It never defends itself in a detailed matter, but there are ways in which we can discern its otherworldly nature. Let’s examine four reasons the Bible is true.
The Testimony of the Early Church
The way in which the early church gave witness to Christ is evidence of the Bible’s veracity. The writings of the New Testament don’t shy away from sharing what could be considered less than flattering details. Both the Book of Mormon and the Quran chose a different approach, not releasing information about murders, sexual immorality, and black magic associated with their founders. The early church wasn’t afraid to share the less than desirable information. It reported Peter’s denial of Christ (see Matt 26:31-35), division amongst first century believers (see Acts 15:36-41), and theft amongst early churches (see Acts 5:1-10). If the apostles and their counterparts were attempting to concoct a new religion, they would have glossed over such details. In addition, they wouldn’t have depicted women as being the first witnesses to the resurrection (see Matt 28:1), since women weren’t regarded as reliable witnesses in first century society. The early church saw these things as a part of the message of redemption. The Lord sent Christ to redeem all types of imperfect people (see Gal 3:28-29).
The Testimony of Christian Martyrs
There is a saying which is often repeated amongst those who study church history — “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” Indeed church history is chock-full of stories detailing the bloody and brutal ends of many saints. In His providence, the Lord has used this to bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus. Our Lord Himself prophesied that such would occur (see Matt 5:11-12). The Book of Revelation did as well (see Rev 6:9-11). The fulfillment of these prophecies is evidence of the Bible’s truthfulness. But the testimony of martyrs in church history also shows us something else. If the Bible message isn’t true, why were the twelve apostles all willing to die for it? Reasonable people don’t die for a lie, and everyone of the twelve apostles (Paul is the 12th) died for the gospel (expect John who was exiled to Patmos).
The Spread of the Gospel
By the time of the Bible’s conclusion, the entire known world had heard it’s message (see 1 Thes 1:8 and Acts 17:6, ). Such a feat could only be accomplished by the power of God (see Acts 1:8). The rapid, wildfire-like spread of the Bible’s messages shows that it is a Divinely-inspired manuscript.
The Testimony of Changed Lives
If the Bible isn’t true, how can one account for the millions of people who have embraced it’s message? How can one explain the life-change which it has wrought in countless lives? Jesus promised that His message would transform its hearers from the inside out, providing convincing argument that His words were true (see Matt 5:16 and John 17:21).
Dr. Patrick Latham