how do we know the bible is true? By: Robert Velarde The best-selling book in history remains one of the most controversial. Revered by Christians as God’s holy Word, the Bible spans centuries of history, contains a variety of literary styles and culminates in the person of Jesus Christ. But how do we know the …
How to Study the Bible
Beginning a Bible Study
Theologically liberal approaches to the Bible often simply accept contradictions as part of a flawed record. But if the Bible is God’s Word, and if God is all knowing and all powerful, it stands to reason we should be able to trust the Bible.
Unlike some postmodern approaches to written texts that claim there really is no objective meaning to writing throughout the centuries, Christians have interpreted the Bible and continuously drawn out Christianity’s essential foundations.
Some people think the Bible was all written down about the same time, copied and distributed. But the Bible is not “instant” Scripture and it wasn’t all written down around the same time.
If the truth will set us free, then it seems quite reasonable to want to determine what truth, specifically, will set us free.
If, for instance, the Bible is full of historical and factual errors or blatantly contradicts itself, it’s hard to trust it or view it as reliable.
Contemporary critics sometimes claim that since the Bible contains so many miracles, it just can’t be true. Either these are just made up stories, they argue, or simple people were just tricked.