Fair question. A lot of people are asking it these days and let’s face it – there are some really strange things in the Bible!
But, to answer the question – I believe the Bible is true because of its external evidence and its internal evidence. Here’s a quick explanation of what that means.
First, let’s look at the external evidence. If you have never read the Bible…like ALL of the Bible…you really should. Here is a great plan that is a 5-day plan, which is nice because we all miss a day here or there. But what this plan also does is seek to keep it in (somewhat of a) chronological order.
So, if you were to read the Bible, hopefully you would see a storyline emerge. The “big story” of the Bible can be said to play out in four parts:
So back to the external evidence for how I know the Bible is true….I look around the world and I see an amazing, complex, and beautiful Creation. I see oceans and sunsets, babies being born, incredible animals and the power of nature in a hurricane. This had to come from somewhere and it had to have a Designer. The Bible explains that God created the world and everything in it to reflect his wisdom, beauty, power and many other qualities.
Second, I look around the world and I see things aren’t what they are supposed to be. I see evil. Sin. Pain. Sickness. Natural disasters. Why? Because of the Fall. The Bible explains that all of that was unleashed on the world because of our first parents turning from God and rejecting him as King, and making themselves kings of their own lives. Isn’t it evident to anyone that things aren’t the way they are supposed to be?
Third, we all want to know how to fix it. To make things right. To see justice. To fight for the oppressed. To medicate ourselves into comfort. The Bible is the only worldview with an answer and it’s a person – Jesus. He is the way of redemption. Eventually, we realize while we can get temporary relief, a root problem still remains – isn’t that evident to anyone?
Last, the Bible talks about a day that will come when all things will be made right. This is the ultimate hope when Jesus returns and brings his kingdom with him to restore all things.
This is the Biblical worldview and this is played out everyday right before our eyes – the external evidence for why the Bible is true.
But what about internal evidence? This is slightly more complicated, but if you are thinking that I’m just going to say that the Bible is true because it says that it is true, you are partially right. [Side note: this actually isn’t defeated because it is ‘circular reasoning’ as we all use circular reasoning every day.]
The internal evidence that the Bible is true is that the Bible is not like any other book, it is “God-breathed” – it is God’s Word – and because of that it has the power to create, to convict, to cut, and give life. Anyone who has ever read the Bible for any length of time can tell you there are moments when it feels as though the words jump off the page and smack you in the forehead with a 2×4.
In the Bible, the book of Hebrews talks about this very thing:
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12–13 ESV)
The Bible cuts us to the core, with the very Words of God himself. I can remember it happening to me. This is why we read it, study it, meditate on it, memorize it and our church preaches it…and then we apply it.
So here is my challenge – if you haven’t read the Bible, but maybe only heard it is not true, read it for yourself. All of it. Ask God, if he is there, to show you. See what happens…