“I can’t trust the Bible.”
“The Bible is full of mistakes.”
No scientific or archaeological
discovery has ever disproved any of the Bible’s accounts. In fact, certain
biblical passages that were thought to be mistakes have later been confirmed to
be true. Error lies not in the Bible, but in our misinterpretation resulting
from our limited knowledge. As we continue to learn about the world around us,
we gain a better understanding of biblical claims and God’s greatness.
Besides, to read the Bible solely
as a scientific manual or a historical account would be missing its point. We
ought to read the Bible to learn about God and his salvation.
“The Bible is outdated.”
People of different generations,
cultures, and upbringings have all proclaimed the power of the Bible in their
lives. Why would the Bible strike a chord in so many hearts?
For one thing, the basic problems
of human life remain the same: how to deal with evil and suffering, how to find
something lasting in a life so finite and frail, and, ultimately, how to
receive eternal life. The Bible gives us the answer to our problems, a solution
that’s good for all ages: Jesus Christ. To see for yourself what the Bible is
good for, you can’t just skim through or read it like any other book; you have
to put its teachings into practice in your life.
“The Bible has been altered over time.”
A vast number of biblical
manuscripts have been discovered over time. Did you know that there are 37
times more copies of the New Testament manuscripts than copies of Homer’s Iliad?
The fact that these biblical manuscripts agree with each other assures us that
the Bible has not been altered over time. To be skeptical of the biblical
text’s accuracy is to discredit all classical works of antiquity, because no
other text has been as well-kept.
“The Bible is written by human authors.”
No work of literature written over
thousands of years by over thirty writers from various walks of life can
deliver a coherent and consistent message. The Bible does. No storybook has the
authority to make claims about heaven and hell or to make promises concerning
life after death. The Bible does. No ordinary book could have accurately made
so many prophecies about events in human history and about the birth, life,
death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible has.
The Bible deals with the basic
problems of human life and points to a single solution: salvation through Jesus
Christ. Who else but God has the perspective and authority to inspire such a
book? The Bible was penned by humans; God revealed its contents.
“The Bible doesn’t make sense.”
Just because we can’t appreciate
an abstract painting doesn’t make it any less meaningful. Just because a
foreign language seems like gibberish doesn’t mean that it is.
The same goes with the Bible.
Using limited human vocabulary to describe profound spiritual truth, the Bible
may at first appear to be incomprehensible. However, because God inspired it,
he will help us understand it if we read it prayerfully and reverently. Reading
the Bible is different from reading any other book because it is the word of
God set before us concretely. Through the Bible, God shows us who he is and how
he saves us. God’s own words give us life, and that’s how the Bible can change
The Bible is unique. Many have
tried to burn it, ban it, criticize it, and ridicule it, yet it continues to be
spread throughout the world, carrying God's message of life and salvation
wherever it goes.
Trust that it is worthy to read
and commit yourself to God's guidance. Study it, pray
over it, discuss it with others, and act according to how much of it you
understand. Read it to know who God is and how you can have a personal
relationship with him. Through the Bible, God will continue to reveal his
wisdom to you, and you will see that the book will change your life, just as it
has done for millions of people.