Evidence for the Trustworthiness of The Bible?
The Bible is a library of sixty-six books, written in a time span of 1,500 to 2,000 years; with more than forty authors, some including, prophets, fishermen, a physician, and kings. It was written on three different continents: Asia, Africa, and Europe (Wegner 27).
But, how do we know Christians can trust the Bible when we do not have the original documents in the first place?
This question must be addressed because if the Bible is in fact trustworthy, then the God of the Bible is not being worshiped by all of His creation, as He deserves. Also, many people are living and dying in sin, thus, spending their eternity apart from God. Therefore, to address the trustworthiness of the Bible is necessary; it can be done by analyzing evidence through the lens of archaeology and geographic regions:
An archaeological excavation in the location of Nineveh, revealed clay tablets called “Creation Epic.” These were from the library of King Ashurbanipal of Assyria, who reigned 668-626 B.C. The tablets list Genesis’ accounts of six days of creation and one day of rest (Lutzer 69). This means that the account of Creation in Genesis is confirmed, thus, the Bible is reliable. Moreover, in 1911-12 Professor Hugo Winckler of Berlin discovered approximately ten thousand clay tablets documenting the Hittite tribe, which its existence had been negated for decades, questioning the reliability of the Bible (73). This discovery further establishes the credibility of the Scriptures.
On another hand, geographical evidence further establishes the reliability of the Bible. All of the geographical regions mentioned in the text are accurately reflected in reality. These geographical locations included, cities, bodies of water, and borders (Encyclopaedia Britannica). The Fertile Crescent is located in the Middle East, situated from the Persian Gulf, northwestward along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, through Syria, Lebanon, and then southward along the Mediterranean coast through the land of Israel to Egypt and the Nile River (Encyclopaedia Britannica). This geographical region is described throughout the Bible as a region of living condition, travel, trade, and political power. Some Biblical references that speak about the region include, Genesis 15:18-21; 20:1, Numbers 34:1-12, Josh 13:5-33; 14:1, and hundreds more. This evidence assures us that the Word of God is trustworthy.
(This evidence is only a drop of water in an ocean where much more waits to be discussed and far more, I am sure that awaits discovery).
Since the Word of God can be trusted, as Christians our obligation is to tell everyone so that God can receive the proper worship He deserves. Also, the people must hear about His glory for their salvation.
“Fertile Crescent”. Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2016. Web. 04 Sep. 2016
Lutzer, Erwin W. Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible. Chicago: Moody, 1998. Print.
Wegner, Paul D. The Journey from Texts to Translations: The Origin and Development of the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2004. Print.