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The Reliability of the Bible

Dead Sea Scrolls

By Morgan Feldmeyer

Elmer Towns says, “The best way to demonstrate that the Bible is the Word of God is to put God’s promises to the test.” [1]  Upon testing the validity of the Bible’s teachings, I have discovered many arguments that attest to the Bible’s reliability. However, the two most convincing arguments for the reliability of the Bible are the accuracy of its prophecies and the Bible’s superiority and uniqueness compared to all literature.

History has proven the accuracy of many of the Bible’s prophetic predictions. “The Bible contains over 2,000 prophesies that have been fulfilled.” [2] Examples of these predications include how king Cyrus, was prophesied to become king of the Medes and Persians, “by name (Isa. 44:26-28) one hundred years before he lived;” how Jesus was predicted to be “Betrayed by a friend,” before Judas’ betrayal; and how God cursed the kingdom of, “Egypt [which,] has never again gained international superiority since God predicted its downfall.” [3] In addition, “the Septuagint and the Dead Sea Scrolls establish a historical date to indicate these books were written before the events they predicted.” [4] This emphasis on accurate prophecies is unique to the Bible in its reliability and accuracy.

The books that make up the Bible are different from other religious books and famous works of literature in its preservation of manuscripts. While archeologists do not have any original Biblical manuscripts, when compared to other ancient works, “there are close to 5,000 Greek manuscripts [New Testament copies] and an additional 13,000 manuscript copies of portions of the New Testament.” [5] These copies of the New Testament were circulated throughout the church, “Between A.D. 70 and 170,” which at the most, is a little over one hundred years from the time it was written. [6] In comparison, there are only 10 copies of Caesar’s writings written 944 years after the original, 100 copies of Sophocles’ writings written 1,406 years after the original, and 5 copies of Aristotle’s writings written 1,422 years after the original.[7] The abundance of manuscripts and fulfilled prophecies not only attest to the Bible’s accuracy, but they also set the Bible apart from all man-made works.

[1] Elmer Towns, Core Christianity, (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers), 25.

[2] Fred Williams, “Accuracy of Prophecy,” Bible Evidence, last modified 2016, accessed July 16, 2016, http://bibleevidences.com/prophecy.htm.

[3] “Arguments that the Bible is the Word of God,” (Lynchburg: Liberty University), 5 and 6.

[4] Ibid., 5.

[5] “Preservation: Insuring the Authenticity of the Text,” (Lynchburg: Liberty University), 1.

[6] Ibid., 3.

[7] Ibid., 1-2.

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