How can we be sure the Bible is true?
Is defined as “the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity1“. It includes answers to the title question. This post is written to provide additional information supplementing the message on the doctrine of the Bible, which was preached at Real Life on March 19th, 2017. The main purpose of this post is to catalog resources for anyone who may want to do additional reading beyond the sermon slides, and verse references. Many of the sites and resources listed go well beyond the topic of Holy Scripture, so you may find answers to many other questions about your faith as well.
John MacArthur Answers the Title Question
Probably the single best argument for how we can be certain the Bible is true is the fulfillment of predictions about what Jesus would be like. In the Old Testament, the books written before Jesus’ birth, there are hundreds of predictions (prophesies) about the coming Messiah (savior). There are so many, and some are so specific, that the odds are essentially impossible for one man by coincidence or deceit to fulfill them all. Yet Jesus did.
The Cold Case Christianity book shows that the gospel accounts must be accurate, so the fact that Jesus fulfilled all the prophesy about the coming Messiah can be accepted as fact. That being true, and Jesus quoting extensively from the Old Testament should provide us confidence that the Old Testament is also accurate and true.
There are many other ways to approach this topic, some of the best are described in the references that follow.
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