Is the Bible historically reliable?

Bible study

For many people the Bible is just an ancient book, full of myths and fables that has been proved to be historically unreliable. But is this common perception actually true?

One of the first things that strikes you when you read the Bible is that it is written as if it were history. We are often given a great deal of detail including geography, place names, names of officials and local customs. Frequently we are given information by those who claim to be eyewitnesses of the events described.

All of this means that it is relatively easy to verify much of what the Bible says and repeatedly the Scriptures have proved to be accurate. Firstly, the style of the various biblical books corresponds with the particular style found in documents dating from similar periods. Secondly, it has often been shown that the immense amount of historical detail in Scripture is trustworthy and could only have been known by those were very familiar with events recorded. It is also important to remember that many undisputed historical events in secular history have far less documentary evidence than the events recorded in the Bible.

All of this means that we can have confidence in Scripture. But perhaps the clearest evidence of all is the Bible's own testimony. Repeatedly the Bible claims to be the Word of God and this is no idle claim, because on countless occasions the Bible proves its reliability by prophesying in detail about events that were not to come to pass for centuries. Also despite being written over a period of more than fifteen hundred years, by numerous different authors, in more than one language and on three different continents, the Bible has an undeniable internal harmony and coherent message.

Some helpful Bible verses:

Psalm 12:6; 19:7-11; 119:105; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

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