Summary: The bible is absolutely reliable and trustworthy
Story about someone who relied on another person’s word and
the person was wrong.
Turn with me to 2 TIMOTHY 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. I want you to look at that WORD USEFUL (ΦΕΛΙΜΟΣ;
ŌPHELIMOS): PROFITABLE, VALUABLE, RELIABLE.
PROVERBS 30:5 “EVERY WORD OF GOD IS FLAWLESS; HE
IS A SHIELD TO THOSE WHO TAKE REFUGE IN HIM.” Notice that
there is no real distinction between God’s word and God’s person.
BECAUSE HE IS FLAWLESS, HIS WORD IS FLAWLESS.
ISAIAH 40:8 THE GRASS WITHERS AND THE FLOWERS
FALL, BUT THE WORD OF OUR GOD STANDS FOREVER.”
The Bible itself leaves no room for the notion that is NOT
reliable; that it is NOT trustworthy; that it is not accurate.
THE BIBLE IS THE ULTIMATE BASIS FOR FAITH AND
But let’s drill down a bit more. What other evidence is there to help us
answer the question: “How can we trust the Bible?”
1. IT IS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE: IT HAS NEVER BEEN
GENESIS 1:1 “IN THE BEGINNING, GOD CREATED THE
HEAVENS AND THE EARTH.”
That word HEAVENS (SHAMAYIM): 1) THE SKY; 2) PLACE
WHERE MOON & STARS ARE; 3) ABODE OF GOD That’s everything,
right? That’s what we call the universe. And you recognize what
universe means, don’t you? Uni-one; verse-statement. The word
universe points to this one verse: In the beginning, God created the
heavens and the earth.
Notice that the Bible says that there was a beginning. When I
was going through high school and college, the standard secular
explanation for the existence of the universe was that it always had
been; that it had no beginning.
But then a new idea began to get some traction. It had been
proposed back in the 1920s and 1930s, but the scientific community was
locked into their assumption that the universe had no beginning. Just
always had been. This new hypothesis became known as the Big Bang
Theory. The overall framework of the big bang theory came out of
solutions to Einstein's general relativity field equations and remains
unchanged, but various details of the theory are still being modified
today. Einstein himself initially believed that the universe was static.
When his equations seemed to imply that the universe was expanding or
contracting, Einstein added a constant term to cancel out the expansion
or contraction of the universe. When the expansion of the universe was
later discovered, Einstein stated that introducing this "cosmological
constant" had been a mistake. Singularity illustration (ON SCREEN).
It hypothesized that the universe began as one hot, dense state, called
singularity, and that it has been expanding ever since. Scientists
estimate that the universe is 13.7 billion years old. They NOW say that
there was a beginning. Sound familiar?
Sodom and Gomorrah GENESIS 19:24-25 tells of the
destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: “THEN THE LORD RAINED