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Thoughts from our book, “Knowing the Bible 101

That’s a great question. In fact, it’s important for any person to be able to demonstrate the truth about God without always relying on the Bible.

You asked a slightly different quesiton, and that’s how to know that the Bible is truly the Word of God without building a proof from the Bible. Here are a couple of thoughts from our book, “Knowing the Bible 101,” that may help.

When you look at the Bible, you have a book that is unique among ancient books. Here are just four reasons:

1. The Bible has been transmitted accurately from the time it was originally written.
2. The Bible is correct when it deals with historical people and events.
3. The Bible contains no “scientific absurdities.”
4. The Bible remains true and relevant to all people for all time.

The question you have to ask yourself is whether these qualities are possible in a book written by men acting on their own, or if these men were influenced in some way by a divine source. And think about this. It wasn’t just one man who wrote the Bible, but 40 men over a span of 1600 years. That all of these guys would write with such agreement, focusing on a single theme and with such cohesiveness, is truly remarkable.

Here’s something else about the Bible that no other book can match, or even come close. The Bible contains about 2500 prophecies about future events. Of these, approximately 2000 have already been fulfilled to the letter without one mistake. Humanly speaking, that is impossible. The only alternate explanation is that the Bible has a divine origin. Yes, it was written by men, but they were “inspired” by God through the Holy Spirit.

People will often object and say that if God wrote the Bible, why is it full of errors? Well, the way to answer that is to ask them to give you an example or two. Guess what? People usually can’t come up with even one example. And if they can, it’s usually easily answered.

Here’s the bottom line. No book has been more scrutinized over such a long period of time than the Bible, yet there has yet to be one issue or alleged error that was not resolved.

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yes and this guy once wrote about green eggs and ham and lo and behold, it was so.

I have always believed it to be the inspired infallible word of God until I read Bart Ehrman's book "Misquoting Jesus." He points out that there are over 300,000 errors in the Bible. Most are insignificant, but some are huge like entire passages be added by later scribes in Mark and the whole story of the Adulterous Woman and Jesus in John do not exist in the oldest Greek Manuscripts. How do I deal with this as a Christian? I went out and purchased "Misquoting Truth" (a book written in response to Ehrman), but it did not rebut even one of Ehrman's claims. If not the Bible as ultimate truth---then what? Is there absolute truth? if there is, then how to I know it?

Research... Study everything out for yourself and figure out what you believe to be the truth. I have read and studied the Bible in and out to find errors, but I have found none that were not what someone read out of context or from their opinion. If you have questions, there are answers to your questions. If you can't find them on your own, then pray....ask God to show you the answer to the question, and I'm sure you will find what you need. "Thus saith the Lord" is absolute. Look and see if anything God or Jesus said to be misleading or false in any way.