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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Date Posted:
9/6/2005


Can We Trust The Bible?


BRITISH CHURCH NEWSPAPER – 19 AUGUST 2005
Rev Kyle Paisley

The world’s best selling and most widely distributed book is the Bible. Between 1815 and 1975 an estimated 2.5 billion copies were sold. According to the Guinness Book of Records (1998), up to 1993, 337 languages had the whole Bible and 2062 languages had translations of at least one book of the Bible.

You would think that a serious seeker after truth would give serious thought to a book that has drawn so much attention. Sadly, many ignore and even despise it.

You may have heard people say, - “Oh, you don’t read that Bible do you?” Or, serious thought may be discouraged by words such as these – “The Bible may contain good morals, but no one believes its stories really happened”.

With such constant negative exposure, it’s no wonder people have doubts.

At the heart of doubts is this question: “Can I really trust the Bible?” The answer is “Yes!”

There are good reasons for saying so.

First the penmen of Scripture knew they were writing God’s Word. They simply recorded what was “revealed” to them (Rev 1:1-2).

Second, the internal evidence of the Bible shows it to be reliable. For example, its affirmation that Jesus is alive is proved beyond dispute. Clarence McCartney, a well-known American Presbyterian wrote: “Suppose the disciples had been able to steal away the body. They would have had a corpse on their hands. Can you imagine that that dead body could have inspired them to go forth and preach their wonderful words and live their heroic lives, or that in behalf of a dead body they would willingly embrace persecution and death, as many of them did?”

Third, consider what others say bout the reliability of the Bible. Dr Duane Gish (bio-chemist and Associate and Director of the Institute of Creation Research, USA) has said: “A lot of scientific law tends to support the creation theory better than the theory of evolution. Fossil records show a remarkable absence of transitional forms. Their forms are demanded by the theory, but are absent everywhere.”

Finally, the survival of the Bible proves it to be divine and therefore trustworthy. Voltaire predicted in1778 that Christianity would be swept from existence and pass into history within 100 years of his time. Fifty years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society used his printing press and house to produce stacks of Bibles!

God said He would preserve His Word and He did (Psalm 12:6,7). Only a fool would reject it!

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