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
DOWN BURNING SULFUR ON SODOM AND GOMORRAH—FROM
THE LORD OUT OF THE HEAVENS. THUS HE OVERTHREW THOSE
CITIES AND THE ENTIRE PLAIN, INCLUDING ALL THOSE LIVING IN
THE CITIES—AND ALSO THE VEGETATION IN THE LAND.” For
years, secular archeologists said there was no Sodom or Gomorrah.
But recent discoveries have located them. Buildings were discovered
that had burned by fire starting on the roof first. Scientists now concede
that a geological fault line in the area could have erupted, shooting
bitumen up in the air. With such pressures, it could have exploded,
raining down brimstone onto the two cities. Bitumen is plentiful in the
area and there is evidence that layers of sedimentary rock have been
molded together by intense heat.
Jericho Again, secular archeologists for decades contended
there was no archeological evidence for ancient Jericho being in
existence at the time Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho. But that changed
with modern archeological digs. Picture of Jericho dig site (on screen).
Time magazine did a story in March, 1990: “KENYON’S
(Kathleen, secular archeologist) DISCOVERIES AT JERICHO WERE
LARGELY CONSISTENT WITH THE BIBLE STORY. FOR ONE THING,
SHE FOUND THAT THE CITY’S WALLS HAD FALLEN IN A WAY
SUGGESTIVE OF SUDDEN COLLAPSE. . . . MOREOVER, KENYON
FOUND BUSHELS OF GRAIN ON THE SITE. THAT IS CONSISTENT
WITH THE BIBLE’S ASSERTIONS THAT JERICHO WAS
CONQUERED QUICKLY.” Philistine cities
The Bible mentions five Philistine cities: Ekron, Gaza, Askelon,
Ashdod, and Gath. For decades, secular archeologists contended the
Bible was not reliable because these cities did not exist. Well guess
what? They found them! An Associated Press article says,
“Archeologists uncovered a stone block inscribed with the name of the
biblical city Ekron and its kings, the 1st conclusive evidence of the
Philistine city, which was burned more than 2,500 years ago. . . . The