WHY CAN I TRUST THE BIBLE? (Sunday July 15, 2012 Revisited)
The Bible is the most translated and most read book in the world
2 Tim. 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Ps.119:86 “All of your commands can be trusted” NCV
How do I know this?
I CAN TRUST THE BIBLE BECAUSE…
1. IT IS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE!
Not just doctrinally .. but every other area too! Why? God CANNOT LIE!
SCREEN HEB. 6:18 “It is impossible for God to lie!”
Ps. 33:4 “The Word of the Lord is right and true.”
1. Most of the Bible is from eyewitness accounts
2. Archeology always confirms the Bible eventually
3. The Scriptures have been copied with extreme care!
2. IT IS SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE!
The Bible wasn’t given to be a science textbook. Doesn’t use scientific language
but it never gives bad science! FACT: always ahead of contemporary views!
J. Kepler (astronomer) “Science is thinking God’s thoughts after him!’
o Reason its accurate: The Laws of the Universe are God’s Laws!
So he understands them even when we don’t!
SCREEN Ps.148:5-6 (NLT) Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for he
issued his command, and they came into being. He established them forever
and forever. His orders will never be revoked.”
FACT: Science constantly changes! Quickly Obsolete. ILL: Medical views..
Paris Louvre Library- 3 ½ miles of old science books – almost all obsolete!
1861 French Academy of Science
“51 Incontrovertible Scientific Facts that prove the Bible is Wrong”
Today- all 51 facts have been proven wrong by SCIENCE!
One proof- not a man-made book is what the Bible DOESN’T SAY!
- You’d expect it to promote the current science of the day!
For 1000s of yrs everyone believed…
1 The earth was flat! Yet, 2,600 yrs ago Isaiah said (Screen)
Isa.40:22 “God is enthroned above the sphere of the earth”
Jesus “One sleeping/ one working
2 The earth has to be held up!
Greeks: A giant named Atlas….
Hindus : Giant Elephants held up earth their backs
they stand on the back of giant turtle
on a giant serpent swimming in a sea
Egyptians: Earth is held up by 5 pillars
Moses “schooled in the wisdom of the Egyptians” Yet none in Bible!
Screen Job 26:7 (NLT) “God stretches the sky over empty space
and hangs the earth on nothing!” How did Job know that?
3 The number of stars could be counted
150 BC – Hipparchus announced 1,022 stars in the universe!
150 AD – Ptolemy concluded 1,026 (found 4 more)
2,600 yrs ago JER. 33:22 :”The number of stars are infinite”
From Hippocrates on for 2,000 yrs- science taught HUMORALISM
all illness& temperament caused by 4 Body Fluids: BILE BILE BLOOD PHEGM
You wont find that in the BIBLE
4 Too much blood made you sick. “Must bleed people to keep them alive!”
Science didn’t know until 1628 that blood circulates! William Harvey
Washington got sick. Bled him 3x. Died!
TODAY: We GIVE people blood to help them get well! (Transfusions
SCREEN: LEV. 17:11 (NLT) “The LIFE of every creature is IN its blood!”
5. 25% of all Europe died of bubonic plague in Middle Ages
They didn’t know the value of quarantining the sick!
But Long before science discovered germs, God said…
Lev.13:4 (NLT) “…Put an infected person in quarantine for seven days.
Pr. 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless.”
In fact, it’s more than accurate. It’s pure! It’s perfect!
Ps. 12:6 “The words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay and purified seven times!”
3. IT IS PROPHETICALLY ACCURATE!
The Bible has predicted 1000s of events that happened just as God said!
Over 300 about Messiah- where & how he’d be born, die – CROSS
2 Pet. 1:21 “No prophecy ever originated from humans. Instead, it was given by the Holy Spirit as humans spoke under God’s direction.” GW
Mt. 26:56 “But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” NLT
Rev. 22:6 “The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true.
The Lord …sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon
4. IT IS THEMATICALLY UNIFIED
One unified message! Next wk- we’ll talk about that unified theme
What’s so amazing about that?
The Bible is one book made up of 66 books
by over 40 different authors - over a period of 1,600 years!
in over a dozen countries on 3 different continents!
in at least 3 different languages
by people from all walks of life!
Farmers & kings, soldiers & shepherds, princes & priests,
historians, fisherman, tax collectors, scholars, businessmen, MD
caves, ships, palaces, prisons, deserts
COULDN’T GET A MORE DIVERSE GROUP over 1600 yrs.
yet they make one book with one story without contradiction.
ILL: Gave out 50 pieces of colored paper- cut it any way you want.
What are the ODDS they all fit perfectly to form a map of USA!
LK. 24:27 “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to
them what was said in ALL the Scriptures concerning himself.”
The theme of the entire Bible is God’s plan of redemption!
The star of the story is Jesus. You can see him in every book!
Jn. 5:39 “You search the Scriptures because you believe they give you
eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!”
Mt. 5:18 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter not the least stroke of a pen will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished!”
6. IT HAS SURVIVED ALL ATTACKS
The most despised, derided, denied disputed, dissected, disputed, debated,
outlawed & destroyed book ever!
YET STILL THE BEST SELLING, MOST READ
Source of more great ART, MUSIC & ARCHITECTURE
Mt. 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never
pass away.” Voltaire “Within 100 yrs the Bible will be forgotten”
His home became headquarters for French Bible Society
1 Pet. 1:24-25 “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.”
ILL; Gravity- You don’t break God’s laws.. they break you
7. IT HAS TRANSFORMING POWER
Nothing can change lives like the Bible! Your life has been changed by it!
Jn.8:31-32 Jesus said “If you continue in my Word, then you are my
disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
Q: Do any of you believe everything you read online?
WHY IS THE AUTHORITY& INERRANCY OF GOD’S WORD IMP?
Your salvation depends on it!
If it’s not reliable – you’re in a heap of trouble!
THE WORD OF GOD TELLS US …. (list benefits)
THE BIG Q: WHAT WILL BE THE AUTHORITY FOR MY LIFE?
The World or the Word? GOD or ME? How’s that working for you?
Rom. 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but
be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The will of God is found in the Word of God
God’s plan for you is good pleasing and perfect
PRAYER: Dear God, from this day forward, I will accept the Bible as your
flawless Word to me and I will make it the Final Authority for my life- even when
I don’t understand it, it is not popular, it is not easy, or I don’t like it. You are God
and I am not. Thank you for loving me enough to speak to me through your
Word. Thank you that you are not silent! I want to LOVE your word, LEARN your
word, and LIVE your Word.
Col. 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”
Sermon By Rick Warren