Updated May 8, 2021
Scripture is the first book that provides evidence about God. If we use it as evidence, we must examine the evidence about scripture itself. Is it trustworthy? Here are six bits of evidence that point to its reliability as a source:
- The Bible is a reliable collection of historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses.
- It contains falsifiable claims that would have shut down the Christian movement at its start if the claims had been untrue.
- Although the documents were written by about 40 authors on three different continents over a period of about 2,000 years, they are coherent in message.
- The Bible reports events that were the fulfillment of specific prophecies, and it contains prophecies that have been fulfilled in post-Bible times.
- Much of the Bible is confirmed by the writings of contemporaries and by archaeological findings.
- The Bible is by far the best attested writing from antiquity.
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