“I believe the Bible is true because the Bible says it is.” People sometimes make a statement like this. They mean well, but it’s an illogical statement, a piece of circular reasoning. It’s like saying “I believe Bubba is an honest guy because he says he is.” I don’t know about you, but I’d want more proof than Bubba’s word!
I do believe the Bible is true and is God’s Word for us. The line of reasoning I follow is stated briefly in the next series of statements. Sorry it has to be so brief, but it gives you the general idea.
Most people agree Jesus was a good teacher and a great religious leader. His teachings and life are documented in what we call the four gospels, all written within the lifetime of Jesus. There’s no reason to doubt that they give an accurate account of the words and work of Jesus.
The gospels report Jesus teaching that the “scriptures” He knew, our Old Testament, was God’s Word. He quoted it as authoritative.
Jesus is also recorded as having said that His disciples would be giving further truth to expand what He would tell them. This became the rest of our New Testament, everything after the gospels.
Furthermore, the gospel accounts all quote Jesus as saying He always existed and had come from heaven and that He was the way to connect with God. All four gospels also give detailed accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
It seems reasonable to me that the great God of the universe would have no trouble giving us a written account of His actions and words, His thoughts and His heart’s desire that is trustworthy. I, for one, want to take that document seriously!
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)