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Apologetics Series: How do we know that the Bible is Reliable?

Young Adults always had a hard time to grasp the concept of the Reliability of the Bible. This raises the question, “How do young adults know that the Bible is Reliable?” Two aspects exists to the reliability of the Bible. First, the Archaeological evidence and manuscripts points to the reliability of the bible. Second, Humans, by divine intervention, wrote the Bible over a span of 1500 years. .

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This leads us to the first point that the Manuscripts points the reliability of the Bible. Some scholars say that due to the spelling and grammar mistakes, the Bible is full of errors. However, this is not the case. When the Dead Seas Scrolls were found and compiled, they found that the Bible is 99% accurate and the 1% is mild variations of Koine Greek to English translations. Gary Habermas revealed in the movie of the Case for Christ, that their are over 5,000 New Testament and only 5 manuscripts ascribed by Aristotle.

Second, The Bible was written by men that were divinely inspired by God.

1 Peter 1:20-21 (ESV) states:

knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from GOd as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

This verse is indicating that it wasn’t from the will of man that the Bible came but by divine intervention. This is called Biblical Inspiration.

Charles Ryrie defined Biblical Inspiration as:

It is God’s superintendence of the human authors so that, using their own individual personalities, they composed and recorded without error His revelation to man in the words of the original autographs. Several features of the definition are worth emphasizing: (1) God superintended but did not dictate the material. (2) He used human authors and their own individual styles. (3) Nevertheless, the product was, in its original manuscripts, without error.

Ryrie was hinting that God didn’t dictate what they should write, but used their unique personalities to write the divinely inspired Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 states,

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God, may be complete, equipped for every good work.

This verse is indicating the Bible is divinely inspired by God.

In Conclusion, young adults can know the Bible is reliable for two reasons. First, the manuscripts point the reliability of the Bible. Second, The Bible is divinely inspired by God, and written by men of differing personalities. Therefore, Young Adults can rest assured that the Bible is reliable and true.

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