This week we are going to show you evidence that the Bible is true. So many people think that the Bible is unreliable, because they have been told this and have not researched it for themselves, but many would trust that we know everything that Plato, Aristotle, or Homer said. The main reason is because the world and school tries to convince us that the New Testament is inaccurate, but they do not question the facts about other ancient texts. Today we only have 7 copies of Plato’s works and the closest copy we have was written 1200 years after the original work. For Aristotle we only have 49 copies and the closest we have to the original was 1400 years after it was written. Of Homer’s works we only have 643 copies and the closest to the original was copied 500 years after and they are considered only 95% accurate. For the New Testament we have 5600 Greek copies that were written less than one hundred years after the original and they are all 99.5% the same as each other and that 0.5% difference is in grammar and spelling. In addition to all the Greek copies we also have over 19,000 copies in Syriac, Latin, Coptic, and Aramaic languages. On top of all that we have enough early church leaders writings to completely reassemble the New Testament. Almost all biblical scholars agree that the New Testaments were all written before the close of the first century, within 70 years at most of when the events recorded happened. We have no ancient contemporary document that contests the New Testament texts. The earliest copy of the book of John we have dates back to less than 30 years from the original manuscript. So if you dismiss the Bible as unreliable information, you must also dismiss the writings of Plato, Aristotle, and Homer as well as almost all ancient documents.
There has also been found geological evidence and ancient documents that confirm the people and events of the Bible. The people who translated and copied the Bible were extremely committed to accuracy down to the point that the words and letters had to be exactly the same as the one they were copying, if any errors were found they would throw it out and start over. The Bible confirms itself by fulfilling prophecies that were written thousands of years before the events happened. We have copies that predate the fulfilling of these prophecies. The odds of one man fulfilling even ten of the prophecies would be the equivalent of filling the state of Texas with quarters two feet deep, marking one of those and picking that one randomly. Jesus fulfilled over 300 of the prophecies. Whether you believe the Bible is one hundred percent up to you, but no other religion has a book that is even remotely close to the Bible. The basis of our belief is that God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and raise Him from the grave three days later. After arising, He appeared to over 500 people, who had seen Him before His death, both believers and nonbelievers. It was medically impossible for Jesus to have been asleep or faked His death, because of the water and blood that came out of His side after being stabbed and that is not my opinion, but the opinion of modern science. Whether you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, is up to you. The evidence is overwhelming that Jesus did exist and that He was who He said He was and that the Bible we have in our hands and on our phones is exactly what God told the writers to write. Another thing I want to point out is that we tell time by Jesus and that anyone who we divide the history of the world by is at least worth researching, and that any book that was written over 1500 years, by over 40 authors, with one consistent story and one person running through it is definitely worth looking into.
If you really want to be sure that you are reading exactly what God had the writers write you can learn Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrews. But the Bible we have in our own native language was meticulously translated, usually from the original language, by people that loved Jesus and wanted you to have the Word in your own language. Some of them even risked their lives to translate it. There seems to always be fighting about which translation we should use. It divides so many people over which version should be used, but what is more important is coming together and being the church and sharing the gospel. But no matter how much evidence I present to you it all comes back to whether you will believe what the Bible says. The Bible is all about one person from chapter one of Genesis to Revelation 22 it is all about Jesus. Jesus came to give us all eternal life, but it is up to you whether you will accept it or not. To accept eternal life all you have to do is to admit that you are a sinner, believe that He died on the cross for your sins, and confess Him as Lord of your life.
So this week, remember that the Bible is the most trustworthy ancient document and explains so much about the world that no man could know without God telling him. We can trust the Bible is what God wanted us to know. One of the best things you can do to grow in your relationship with Jesus is to read His Bible and pray to Him. The Bible can be taken as the word of God and God breathed and inspired. No matter what language or version you are reading the Bible in, if you are seeking Jesus, then He will meet with you. The version or language does not matter as much as seeking Jesus with all your heart.