Here are just three separate lines of evidence that confirm what the Bible teaches about itself:
- Science. What we observe in the world confirms what we read in Scripture: organisms reproduce according to their kinds (e.g. Genesis 1:24); fossils and rock layers are the watery graveyard from the flood of Noah’s day; and genetics shows we’re all one race, as the Bible teaches (Acts 17:26).
- Archaeology Many times archaeologists have scoffed at people, events, or places mentioned in the Bible only to find evidence of these same people, events, or places later. For example, Isaiah 20:1 mentions an Assyrian king named Sargon. No such king was found on Assyrian king lists so archaeologists and historians assumed the Bible was wrong—until they discovered his palace and an inscription endorsing the very battle mentioned by Isaiah!
- Theology. The Bible was written over a period of 1,600 years by over 40 human authors and yet it is utterly consistent in its message. If the Bible were cobbled together over such a long time by so many people and without an ultimate Author, we’d expect inconsistencies, mistakes, and major changes of theme. But we don’t find that. Instead we have a book that doesn’t contradict itself, contains no mistakes, and has a consistent theme—the redemption of sinful man by the holy Creator God.
The reliability of Scripture and how we ended up with the 66 books that make up our Bible are fascinating topics to explore in more depth. And Dr. Brian Edwards, a British theologian, does an incredible job presenting on this in his DVD series How Do We Know the Bible is True? This four-part series looks at the uniqueness of the Bible, how we can be confident we have all the right books—no more, no less—in the Bible, how we got our English Bible, and the historicity of Jesus. I encourage you to check it out in our online store.
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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.