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1. Can I Believe the Bible?

The Bible was written by eyewitnesses to the events they record. This is the gold standard for historical evidence. If the person that experienced the event writes it, it is accepted as truth.

No other document in the history of the world has been as thoroughly challenged, examined, torn apart, and criticized. Yet, the Bible has NEVER been proven wrong.

There have been times when people claimed to have proven it wrong.

It was said, "King David never existed. He was just a legend". Within two years of this statement, archeologists dug up his signet ring; positive proof he did exist. They have said the same thing about Nineveh, Babylon, and the Hittites. Same results. It almost looks like God is withholding the physical evidence until someone says something in the Bible doesn't exist and then He allows the remains to be discovered to make the scientists look like fools. Who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?

The fact is that, whether they like it or not, science is continually proving more and more of the Bible to be right. For example, 3000 years ago King Solomon said,

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”
How did Solomon know honey was good for the bones? This is something science just discovered in the last century.

If I can't believe the Bible, then I can't believe any other ancient document. None of them can stand up to the same standards of examination until about 1100AD. If the Bible isn't true, then Buddha, Confucius, Caesar, Hannibal, Justinian, Nero, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and many, many others never existed. There is no proof of their existence that even comes close to being as scientifically and historically reliable as the Bible.

There are many prophecies in the Bible that have been fulfilled. Only Someone who knew the beginning from the end could have told Isaiah that a man named Cyrus would send the Israelites back to their homeland…seventy years before Cyrus was born!

Isaiah 44:28 “That said of Cyrus, He is my servant, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, You shall be built; and to the temple, Your foundation shall be laid.”
Jeremiah prophesied that Judah would be in captivity for seventy years, and they were.

Abraham received word that his descendants would leave Egypt in 400 years and they did.

Joseph received interpretation of dreams that came true.

Daniel received and recorded several prophecies about the rise and fall of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Syria, and Rome in extreme detail, plus an exact time table for the time of the Messiah. All of this came true exactly as predicted.

The prophecies concerning Christ Himself are mathematically impossible for one man to fulfill (He shall come from Nazareth, come up from Egypt, AND come from Bethlehem, for example) and yet Christ fulfilled EVERY ONE!

If the Bible is true historically and scientifically and its prophecies have proven true in the face of astronomical odds, there is no logical reason to doubt it spiritually.

I can believe.