Archaeology and history attest to the reliability of the Bible.
Manuscript Evidence: Aristotle’s Ode to Poetics was written between 384 and 322 B.C. The earliest copy of this work dates A.D. 1100, and there are only forty-nine extant manuscripts. The gap between the original writing and the earliest copy is 1,400 years. There are only seven extant manuscripts of Plato’s Tetralogies, written 427–347 B.C. The earliest copy is A.D. 900—a gap of over 1,200 years.
What about the New Testament? JESUS was crucified in A.D. 30. The New Testament was written between A.D. 48 and 95. The oldest manuscripts date to the last quarter of the first century, and the second oldest A.D. 125. This gives us a narrow gap of thirty-five to forty years from the originals written by the apostles. From the early centuries, we have some 5,300 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. Altogether, including Syriac, Latin, Coptic, and Aramaic, we have a whopping 24,633 texts of the ancient New Testament to confirm the wording of the Scriptures.
With the great body of manuscript evidence, it can be proved, beyond a doubt, that the New Testament says exactly the same things today as it originally did nearly 2,000 years ago.As a born again follower of CHRIST, not only do i put my faith in GOD's promises as written in His Word, the Holy Bible -- i put my faith on Rock solid ground -- on factual reality, on proven historical evidence. Though my faith in JESUS as my Lord and personal Savior is fervently zealous and deeply heart-felt, it is not blind faith. GOD's earthly creation, my own body (attesting to the fact that i am fearfully and wonderfully made), the Hubble telescope pictures of breathtaking stars and innumerable galaxies (giving irrefutable proof of GOD's astronomical, indescribable creativity) are enough evidence to convince me of GOD's Presence as Creator of all that exist. i've accepted the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, in its entirety, as the Truth -- GOD's infallible Word -- based on all the intelligent facts which bombard us from every direction since the dawn of history.
Corroborative Writings: Critics also charge that there are no ancient writings about JESUS outside the New Testament. This is another ridiculous claim. Writings confirming His birth, ministry, death, and resurrection include Flavius Josephus (A.D. 93), the Babylonian Talmud (A.D. 70–200), Pliny the Younger’s letter to the Emperor Trajan (approx. A.D. 100), the Annals of Tacitus (A.D. 115–117), Mara Bar Serapion (sometime after A.D. 73), and Suetonius’ Life of Claudius and Life of Nero (A.D. 120).
Fulfilled Prophecies: Prophecies from the Old and New Testaments that have been fulfilled also add credibility to the Bible. The Scriptures predicted the rise and fall of great empires like Greece and Rome (Daniel 2:39, 40), and foretold the destruction of cities like Tyre and Sidon (Isaiah 23)...with the arrival of Alexander the Great. In the seven-month siege, he fulfilled the remainder of the prophecies (Zechariah 9:4; Ezekiel 26:12) concerning the city at sea by completely destroying Tyre, killing 8,000 of its inhabitants and selling 30,000 of its population into slavery.
Alexander’s death and the murder of his two sons was also foretold in the Scripture. Another startling prophecy was Jesus’ detailed prediction of Jerusalem’s destruction, and the further spreading of the Jewish diaspora throughout the world, which is recorded in Luke 21. In A.D. 70, not only was Jerusalem destroyed by Titus, the future emperor of Rome, but another prediction of JESUS CHRIST in Matthew 24:1,2 came to pass—the complete destruction of the temple of GOD.
Messianic Prophecies: In the Book of Daniel, the Bible prophesied the coming of the one and only Jewish Messiah prior to the temple’s demise. The Old Testament prophets declared He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) to a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12,13), die by crucifixion (Psalm 22), and be buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9). There was only one person who fits all of the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament who lived before A.D. 70: JESUS of Nazareth, the Son of Mary.
Which "holy book" will you believe -- by which "holy scripture" will you stake your whole life, your whole existence -- For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)
Will you put all your eggs in the One's basket Who holds the Truth of the Reality of GOD, the Creator of every thing you see, and even every thing that you can't see, but exist? Will you even believe the Truth when you see it? The Word of GOD, the Holy Bible, is Truth -- it conforms with fact...with the reality of GOD's Reality.
Will you put your faith, your belief system, in the Qur'an, the Book of Mormons, the Watchtower Bible, the Four Noble Truths, or the New Age queen of CHRIST-less spirituality -- Oprah Winfrey?
Pontius Pilate, asked JESUS, "Quid est veritas?" -- "What is truth?" What "truth" rules you? Is it Truth?
In the beginning, GOD created... (Genesis 1:1)
Your belief or disbelief of these words determines your world view and philosophy, including your view of truth, of marriage, of children, or morality, of science, of human nature, of GOD, of the Bible, of spirituality, of the soul and eternity, and of purpose, value, and sacredness of life itself. (John T. Yates, Faith Bible Institute)
GOD's Word, the Holy Bible, is completely unlike any of the books of all the other faiths mentioned above. The Holy Scriptures is a collection of 66 books inspired by GOD. Though He supernaturally used mortals as His instruments, He, the almighty GOD, is the true Author of the Bible -- which explains its unity, indestructibility, and universal influence. It is historically, scientifically and prophetically accurate. The greatest single proof of the supernatural nature of the Bible is its marvelous life-transforming power. (Dr. Harold L. Willmington, Willmington's Guide to the Bible, page xv -- paraphrased)
Whose WORD do you believe in today? Is it Truth?
Do you really believe that what you believe is really real? Will it get you into Heaven?
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