Trust The Bible

The Bible claims to be the Word of God. Doesn't that arouse your curiosity? The fact that most people today don't believe this doesn't disprove it. Many didn't believe the earth revolved around the sun until Galileo proved it! The Bible consists of 66 books which have been preserved miraculously through the ages. Men became martyrs for its sake. William Tyndale was burnt at the Tyndale 2stake because he translated the New Testament into English at a time when only the Latin version was available in England.

 

Accuracy

Many of the Old Testament books are a historical record of the Jews and their surrounding nations and have been proved true by archaeology. Some books are prophetic and can be shown to be accurate down to the last detail. We have the example of God's prophecy concerning the Jews . Because they failed to obey His simple and good commands, God sent them out of The Promised Land and condemned them to a life of wandering for many centuries. Here is what the Jews were told; Deuteronomy 28:64-67 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth...... And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:

And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

Doesn't this exactly describe what has happened to the Jews for over 2,000 years, bearing in mind that the word 'antisemitism' was coined especially for the hatred which the Jews would suffer at the hands of the nations in which they were scattered.

Another example is the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, as foretold in Isaiah: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). His crucifixion is prophesied in the Psalms: For dogs have surrounded me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed me. They pierced my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones. They look and stare at me. They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. (Psalm 22:16– 18). No human being could have foreseen these events hundreds of years before they took place. The more you read the Bible and delve into its claims, the more convinced you will be that it is of divine origin.

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If so much of the Bible can be proved to be accurate then we can believe its other claims – and can have the answer to all our problems now and the hope of a future life in a perfected world.

Maybe you are daunted at the length of the book? Don't be discouraged. There are many aids and reading plans to help., for example our Daily Bible Reading Planner, which will help you read the whole of the Old Testament, once and the new Testament twice in a year. Go to the 'Bible in a year' tab on our Home page, and select for the month and date you require.

Perhaps you find the old–fashioned English of the Authorised Version difficult? If so, why not try a more modern translation. We can recommend you try the New King James Version for example, which has more up-to-date language or another good alternative is the English Standard Version. The more you read the Bible and investigate its claims, the more convinced you will be that it is indeed the Word of God. Why not take it down from the shelf and start reading now?

Adapted from Glad Tidings Magazine- for a link, look at the 'Minute Meditations' tab on our Home Page