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How Accurate is the Bible?

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During the reformation, the church was intently focused on power and used religion to gain and keep control. Traditions were established  that weren’t in harmony with scripture. The church claimed authority – even above the scriptures of the Bible. 

Reformers of that day worked to move the church away from heresy. Martin Luther was one of those reformers. Scripture held authority in Martin Luther’s life.

I wonder how many people today would take such a strong stance? How many would take that stance with such confidence and conviction?

How do you view scripture? What place does it have in your life? Does it guide your actions? Does it form the foundation for the choices you make in daily life? Do you view it as truth from God – a revelation of his heart? Do you see its relevance in your life today?

Your view of the bible impacts more than you realize as you live your life in this world. It dramatically affects the trajectory of your life.

Sadly, we’re a bunch of backsliders and slanderers of God. One of the main causes is our Biblical illiteracy.

Many people don’t open the Bible because they believe:

  • The Bible isn’t relevant to life today.
  • It isn’t accurate; therefore, it can’t be trusted.
  • It’s intimidating.
  • It’s confusing.

The Accuracy of the Bible

Here are some important things to know about the accuracy of the Bible:

1) The Bible was formulated in response to the rise of heresy (deviating from the truth in scripture) within the Church body.

2) Overall, the writers of all the books of the Bible were confirmed by acts of God such as miracles. The message conveyed the truth of God, and came with the power of God.

3) Scribes were scholars of Jewish law and specialized in the writing and copying of Biblical text. They were extremely committed to the utmost accuracy.

4) Documents were checked to see how correctly they aligned themselves with facts, dates, and people from its own time in history.

5) Books of the Bible were all compared to other books in the Bible for harmony of meaning.

6) The Bible is 98.6% accurate to original texts. It increases in accuracy everyday.

7) There were 26,000 copies of the Bible before 916 AD – plenty to refer to for accuracy, examination, and comparison. 

8) 10,000 potential errors have been found. Only 400 could change the meaning of a word. (Others are minor – in relation to punctuation, etc.) Only 50 of those could change the meaning of a scripture verse.  Not one of those 50 is in an area that is not corroborated theologically in other areas of the Bible.

9) The original texts of scripture have no errors. Today we have a trustworthy copy of the inerrant original.

10) The Bible is used more than any other source for archaeological digs. There has never been an archaeological dig that has contradicted scripture.

11) The Bible texts were written over a 1500 year period of time by 40 authors on three different continents in three languages. All of their writings are in harmony theologically! God made sure the men who wrote down his revelations did so without error. (2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is God-breathed.”)

12) The Bible predicts the future 3,500 times. Over 3,000 predictions have already come true. The rest are about future times. They are yet to be.

13) The Bible speaks about the “circle” of the earth long before scientists even believed the earth to be round. (Isaiah 40:22)

14) The Masoretic Text from 916 AD shows remarkable accuracy when compared to Latin and Greek manuscripts that pre-date Christ through to the 900’s after Christ’s death and resurrection.

“Masoretic Text” refers to the Hebrew text of the Old Testament.

The Masoretes (Jewish scholars/rabbis) made it their mission to correct the faults that had crept into the text of the Old Testament during the time the Jews were in captivity in Babylonia, and to prevent the texts from being corrupted by alterations in the future. They arranged the texts into chapter and verse.

15) When Dead Sea Scrolls (dated about 1st or 2nd century before the arrival of Christ) were discovered in Qumran in 1947, the Masoretic Text was compared to them and incredible accuracy was found. The Dead Sea Scrolls contain a complete copy of the book of Isaiah and a partial copy or fragments of most every book in the Old Testament.

16) The Masoretic Text was also compared to the Septuagint (dated around 200-150 B.C). Again, amazing consistency was discovered.

The “Septuagint” is the translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek during the period between the Old and New Testaments when Greece was the dominant world power and Greek became the common language.

It’s clear God was divinely protecting the integrity and accuracy of his word through thousands of years of translating and copying.

17) As for consistency . . . the Bible has one problem: sin – and one solution: Jesus. The entire Bible points to Jesus from beginning to end. The Old Testament is the anticipation of Jesus. The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the manifestation of Jesus as he came to earth in human form. The book of Acts is the proclamation of Jesus as the church was founded. The letters/epistles are the explanation of Jesus and his gospel. Revelation is the culmination of human history as Jesus returns to judge and rule as king. The overarching theme of the Bible is the glory of God revealed through Jesus. 

A challenge for you:

1) The Bible is intended for our good. It gives us power for living life in this crazy world. There is comfort and strength in its words. It provides guidance and wisdom that lead to safety, security, and protection. We witness God’s compassion, mercy, faithfulness, and learn we are unconditionally loved by him. It contains the keys to life and so much more.

Many people never discover these treasures because they never open the Bible. I challenge you to open it and read it. Get a chronological reading plan – or get involved in a Bible study at your church. It will change your life.

2) The Bible is absolutely trustworthy and accurate. While there are many books in this world that are beneficial to us, begin making it a practice to check everything you read or hear (including the content of my blog) against scripture.

With confidence in the character of God and his teachings in the Bible . . .

Lisa~


 

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