Why I Believe The Bible
I believe the Bible because first and foremost in reading it I find its message is both compelling and consistent from the beginning to the end.
It shows God’s plan and purpose for each of us and the whole world. By reading it we understand what God wants of us. This gives direction to our lives.
The Bible also provides answers to all of life’s big questions, such as what is the meaning of life and why God allows suffering. It puts into perspective the fears and pain that result from pollution and wars against the beauty and intricacy of God’s natural world that surrounds us. This gives me a clear purpose in my life.
Lots of archaeological finds have confirmed the accuracy of the biblical historical record which gives me certainty in its authenticity. The discovery that has made most impact personally is a small (20cm by 9cm) baked clay prism on display in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. It was excavated by the Weld-Blundell expedition in 1922 and is dated at around 4,000 years old. It was found at an ancient site Larsa in Iraq. It records the flood that the Bible tells us occurred at the time of Noah and confirms the incredible lifespans of those who lived before the Flood, such as Adam’s 930 years. It also has the same genealogies as the Bible in Genesis chapters 5 and 11.
Moving forward in time to the Babylonian empire and King Nebuchadnezzar. He features in lots of places in the Bible (Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel). As a result of God’s judgement on Israel they went into Babylonian captivity around 586 BC. King Nebuchadnezzar was given a prophetic vision of future world powers (Daniel 2:36-43). These would be the Persian, Greek and Roman empires, followed by several divided world powers. Finally a kingdom would come that would last forever (Daniel 2:44-45) and be ruled over by Jesus Christ (Luke 1:29-33).
There are lots of archaeological discoveries that confirm Nebuchadnezzar existed which is important in believing that these past events happened, and what is prophesied will take place. For example, one simple discovery are the bricks found, dating from the Babylonian period, inscribed with “Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon”. Also unearthed have been several clay tablets chronicling key events from 747 to 280 BC that also confirm the events in the Bible of this period. Recently a clay tablet with the name of a Babylonian officer, Nebo-Sarsekim, was discovered. This man according to the Bible was present at the siege of Jerusalem in 587 BC with Nebuchadnezzar.
Prophecy and history clearly go hand-in-hand in many cases which gives us hope in the Bible’s predicted events that are yet to occur in our lifetime. The most amazing prophecy that the Bible provides is of the coming Messiah (1 Samuel 2:35) who will save the world from sin and death to bring an everlasting perfect kingdom of peace on the Earth (Romans 5:12-17). It predicts the need for salvation (Genesis 3:15). It also foretold Christ’s first coming (Micah 5:2), his death (Isaiah 53:5) and resurrection (Psalm 16:10) and his return (Matthew 24:30). This gives those who place their trust in Jesus Christ the hope of peace and joy (Isaiah 35:10) in a time to come.
There are many other Bible prophecies that have reinforced our hope for the future. Probably the most important one fulfilled in recent times was the regathering of Jews (Isaiah 11:11). They came from across the world to return to their promised land of Israel (Isaiah 66:8). A new country was born in a day on 14 May 1948. This is yet more evidence as to why I believe the Bible.
The Bible is the most published and readily available book in so many different languages. Many people have died so that we can read it for ourselves in our own language. This huge personal sacrifice of life that the Bible message has had on people gives me such confidence in what it has to say.
It has been accurately copied and translated over thousands of years. The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 enabled texts from nearly every part of the Old Testament Bible to be verified with those written as far back as 250 BC. This together with other more recent sources means the message from God we have in our hands today has not changed in over 2,000 years – isn’t that amazing!
However, the most compelling reason to believe the Bible is its message that the creator of this world cares about you and me! That his son died and was resurrected for us! That despite our selfish flawed nature there is such awesome love held out to redeem all who put their trust in Jesus. In doing so, through our Lord’s grace and mercy, we are forgiven and our lives will be perfected in the promised kingdom to come. What greater reason could we have to read and put into practice God’s commandments that his son so faithfully followed.
May we all believe in the Bible and hold fast to its message in anticipation of the resurrection of the Christ’s faithful saints at the return of Jesus, our risen Lord.
Please read the Bible to know more about its exciting message. Also send for your free copy of the booklet Why I Believe The Bible – see the Free leaflets section for ordering details.
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