The Authenticity of the Bible:
Fact or Fiction?
Some people have difficulty believing in things they can’t see. If it can’t be observed, touched, tasted, heard, or smelled, it doesn’t exist for them. This makes it hard for them to believe in spiritual things. They have to have hard “scientific” evidence to convince them. If it can be proven by experiment, then it must be true. But hard scientific evidence does not and cannot explain everything.
When performing a scientific experiment, you must do certain things in certain ways in order to have reliable data. This is called scientific methodology. First, you must develop an hypothesis. The New World Dictionary of the American Language defines hypothesis as “an unproved theory, proposition, etc. tentatively accepted to explain certain facts or provide a basis for further investigation, argument, etc.” In order to prove an hypothesis, there must be repeated tests, or experiments, with measurable outcomes.
However, neither creation nor evolution may be proven using scientific methodology, as neither is measurable. You cannot “rewind” history like a videotape and watch it again and again, nor can you test it. It must be verified some other way.
While the authenticity of the Bible may not be proven using scientific methodology, it may be corroborated by history itself. Many people and events in world history are mentioned within the pages of the Bible, such as the fall of Rome and Jerusalem, Caesar Augustus, King Herod, and many others. Here are a few examples:
Jesus was counted in a census. Caesar Augustus had ordered “a census be taken of all the inhabitants of the earth (Luke 2:1 NASB)” and each head of the family was to go to the town of his forefathers and register.
There are more and earlier hand-copied manuscripts of the Bible than any other so-called sacred writing. Using the principles of textual criticism, the Hebrew scribes were most exacting in reproducing copies of scripture. If one jot or tiddle was out of place, that copy was destroyed and the scribe would have to begin all over again.
The Bible is rooted in history. Biblical people and events were mentioned in writings outside of the Bible such as the “”Writings of Josephus””:http://www.carm.com. Other ancient writers such as Tacitus, a Roman historian, and Lucien, a Greek writer wrote about Biblical events and people. In fact, the same historical events mentioned in the Bible are mentioned in Hebrew, Egyptian, Roman, Greek, and many other cultures.
Since the Bible and Christianity are rooted in history, many historical events were witnessed by many kinds of people. They passed it down from generation to generation via word of mouth and letters. You may ask, “How do we know that Jesus actually lived?” Well, how do we know that George Washington crossed the Delaware? The participants and witnesses of the event gave detailed oral and written testimonies which have been passed down from generation to generation.
There are many more facts to support creation and the Bible than can be written in this article, but it’s a place to start if you seriously want to know the truth. Funny thing about truth, it does not require belief to be truth. Believing something doesn’t make it any more true, nor does disbelief make something any less true. It is what it is. Believing the Bible is true does not mean you have checked your brain at the door, and that is the gospel truth.