All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

How can we learn about God?

With the question of "Is there a God?" answered - "Yes", we then can ponder our next question.

Where do we found out about God?  Has God revealed Himself to us?  What does he want us to know about him?  How can we be sure that what we learn about him is the truth?  Does he provide some help for us to know him?  Did He create the universe and just leave us alone or did he want to reveal himself to us?

Almost every religion has a book; a place where one can find out about their religion's god.  How do we know which one to believe?  Is there one that is "real"?  Is the Bible real?  Is the Bible reliable?

To Christianity the Bible is the very Word of God.  It is his revelation of himself, about us, what he expects from us and what is coming.

Can we trust the Bible to be truly God's revealed Word?  Is this trust more that just "blind faith" as some call it?

How did the Bible come to be?  The Bible is very unique, especially as it relates to other books claiming to be from God.  Its continuity, its circulation and its survival, all set it apart from other books.

How did the Bible come to be translated into different languages?  What was the original language the 40 authors used to write the 66 books of the Bible?  Can we trust the Bible we have today to be what was originally written?

Does history confirm what the Bible says?  Can we test the the revelations of the New and Old Testaments for accuracy?  Are there both internal and external evidences to validate the Bible?

Is there any archeological witness to confirm the truth in the Bible?  How does the prophecy of the Bible confirm its validity?

Sixty six books written by fourty authors over 1600 years makes the Bible one of the most unique books ever.

     The New Testament is contained in the Old Testament.
     The Old Testament is explained in the New Testament.
     The Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament.
     The New Testament authenticates the Old Testament.
     The Old Testament anticipates the New Testament.
     The New Testament lies hidden in the Old Testament.
     The Old Testament lies open in the New Testament.
     The Old Testament predicts a Person.
     The New Testament presents that Person.

The Trustworthy Prophetic Word

The Apostle Peter wrote about his time with Jesus and the divine inspiration of the Bible.  He also confirms the Trinity (One God; Three Persons) in 2 Peter.

     For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and
     coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from
     God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory:
     "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." And we heard this voice which came from
     heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word
     confirmed,
which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns
     and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of
     any private interpretation,
for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of
    God
  spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:16-21 NKJV

(Read Matthew 17:5 ; Mark 9:7 ; Luke 9:35 for additional information )

Author Lee Strobel wrote two insightful books called The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith.  Both books expound on the evidence for faith in what is written in the Bible.  I recommend both for further study.

In a course of eighteen weekly sessions on Practical Christian Living one of the supplemental reading assignments concentrated on the Bible.  Can we trust what we read?

The following is from a supplement from the Practical Christian Living series.  Click on each of the links in the outline below to study each subject in more detail.

                                                      Can We Trust the Bible?

                    Uniqueness of the Bible
                          Its Continuity
                          Its Circulation
                        
Its Survival

                   
Translations of the Bible

                    Confirmation of the Bible through History
                         Bibliographical Test
                         Internal Evidence Test
                        
External Evidence Test

                    The Witness of Archeology to the Bible

                        The Old Testament Record
                       
The New Testament Record

                    Confirmation of the Bible through Prophecy

                         Prophecies Concerning the Messiah
                        Prophecies Concerning the city of Tyre
                        Conclusion

It has been called "The Greatest Book Ever Written." Kings and rulers have sought to destroy it with intense fervor.  Men, women and children have been put to death for affirming its teachings.  Scholars have devoted their lives to proving or disproving its contents.

It claims to be the Word of God and the source of absolute truth.

If this book has made such astonishing claims about itself, one must ask, Is it reliable?  Where did it come from?  Did the events described in the Bible really take place?  Can I trust that it is God's Word?

In order to answer these questions, the Bible needs to be examined in terms of its uniqueness, preparation, and confirmation through history, archeology and prophecy.

These avenues of exploration will demonstrate the reliability of the Bible and why it has earned the respect and allegiance of millions throughout history.

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