Devotional

“As we trust God to give us wisdom for today’s decisions, He will lead us a step at a time into what He wants us to be doing in the future.” – Theodore Epp.

Do you trust the Bible? If so, why? If you asked that question to a large group of people you would get a full spectrum of answers. Some would say “yes,” others would say “no” and others would be somewhere in the middle.  So why should we trust the Bible? 

In this devotional, we will use a broad brush to talk about the evidence for the reliability of the Bible. We start with the early testimony for the Bible. There are 5,800 or so full and partial copies of the Greek New Testament. An original was written, and then it would be sent off somewhere and then someone would copy it and send a copy off, and those copies would be copied, and this is how the documents spread around  Couple that with the eyewitness evidence. Luke 1: 1-2  says, “ Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us.They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples.”  Luke knew that to write an accurate account, he needed to talk with the people who were there. Acts 3:15 says, “…God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!”

Another factor that lends credibility to the Bible is all the embarrassing stuff that puts many of the authors in a bad light. In other words, why would you fabricate stuff to make yourself look bad or get yourself killed. Self -respect and self-preservation were just as strong in Biblical times.  For example: Before Jesus goes to the cross, He’s in the garden of Gethsemane. He tells His disciples, “Pray for me,” and they fall asleep. Twice. Yet they write it down and preserve it for us to know about their lack of devotion. If the disciples were making up stories, it is highly unlikely the details that put them in a bad light would be included. The disciples lost their social standing, physical comfort, material possessions, and social structures to follow Jesus. Add to that that the disciples died for what they claimed to have seen. Many people will die for something they believe to be the truth, but no one dies for something they know is a lie.

There are people today dying, believing that they’re dying for the truth, but the disciples, contrary to them, were in a position to know with complete certainty. They didn’t follow cleverly invented stories. They walked with Him. They ran after His death and they came back and were converted to a strong faith because of seeing Jesus after His resurrection. That’s the best explanation for the evidence. Many people will die for something they believe to be true, but no one dies for something they know to be a lie.

The Bible is the word of God. We should strive to have a view of Scripture that’s the same as Jesus.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Do you believe the Bible is a relevant guidebook for life in the 21st century? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think the Bible can be trusted in its description of Jesus’ life? Are there errors? Are there important things about Jesus left out of the Bible?