Can We Trust the Claims of the Bible?
By Mary May Larmoyeux
How can I trust the claims of the Bible?
That is a great question! Let me answer it this way ... If you bought a new iPhone, you’d probably sit down at some point and read the instruction manual written by its makers. Likewise, it’s good to understand your instruction manual for life—the Bible.
Humanly speaking, it doesn’t seem possible for the Bible’s 66 different books, written over 1,600 years by more than 30 authors, to all be true, does it? But then again, the Bible isn’t an ordinary book.
2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness." The Bible was inspired by the Creator—the One who made you.
Perhaps you’re shaking your head and mumbling, But how do I know that the Bible is true? Well, the same way that you know if the iPhone instruction manual is true—you put your trust in it, follow the directions, and see if what it says works.
A great place to start checking out the claims of the Bible is in the Book of John (it’s in the Bible). You may also want to read More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell and A Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence of Jesus by Lee Strobel. Like you, both of these men were unsure if the Bible and the words of Jesus Christ could be trusted. What they found is written in their books.
Understanding the truths of the Bible will make a difference in how you view life. The other day I read a bumper sticker that said, “God is my co-pilot; we went to the mountains, and I ate him.” This message does not ring true with what the Bible reveals about God and the mountains.
Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
Recently I went on a weekend getaway to the mountains and witnessed some of God’s invisible qualities. I was in awe at the mountaintop beauty as it pointed me to The Designer. As the morning fog lifted one day, I saw a breathtaking panoramic view of creation that revealed a microscopic picture of the power of God.
There’s only one way that you can know if the Bible is true: Check it out. Try reading it for yourself and put into practice what it says. I think you’ll discover an authentic message that can bring sense to your life.
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