KEY SCRIPTURE:2Timothy 3:16 KJV ” All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
We Christians believe in the Bible because the revelations of scripture are true and has brought great transformations to our lives. Through our childlike acceptance of the scriptures Christians have encountered undeniable supernatural provisions, peace of mind and the love of Jesus have been shared in our lives. How does the Christian show an enquirer how authentic the Bible is.?
To consider the authenticity of any document of history the following questions must be rightly answered.
1.Is what we now have written down, the same as what was written down two thousand years ago?
2.Is what was written down true?
I will consider the second question for now. That is, is what was written down true? Please note that, in our law courts, the best evidence for accuracy is eye witnesses account. An eye witness account cannot be easily thrown away. The accounts of the new testaments are mainly from eye witnesses. John the disciple of Jesus wrote the following “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” 1 John 1:1.He said I have heard, seen and handled.
For the gospel of John, he wrote the following, John 21:24 KJV” This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true”. John was a witness to Jesus’ life suffering and crucifixion.
Apostle Peter also wrote:2 Peter 1:16 KJV” For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” Apostle Peter said he had not written down myths and abstract stories but was an eye witness to what happened in the life of Christ. In Acts 2:22 Peter preached before an antagonistic audience, (because most of them were among those who crucified the Lord), and said to them, you were eye witnesses of these things. These people could not refute his assertion about them. In fact, three thousand of them were born again that day and were baptized. What more can one say to the fact that, we have a true report of what transpired in the life of Jesus?
I would round up for now because of space, and continue in our next discussion.
The Bible has brought great transformation to my life. My heart and mind are at peace with what I believe about the Bible because it is very reliable and authentic.
Acts 2:22 KJV Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Luke 1:1 KJV “Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;”