When I was in high school, I ran into this question from non-believers more than just about any. How do you know the Bible is true? Couldn’t it just be made up stories? I am sad to say I never could give a solid answer to this. I had never researched it. For my entire life up until that point, I just always believed the Bible was factual and everyone knew that, but if you really stand back and think about it, how do we know it is truly God’s inspired word? You can’t talk to someone about Jesus and the Bible if they do not believe it is true. We need to establish first and foremost, is the Bible credible? And my answer to this is yes, it is. Let’s get into it.
1. Archeological evidence.
I love using science that most people think disproves the Bible, to actually prove the Bible right. As of 2010, over 120 archeological sites containing thousands of artifacts have been found that agree with biblical records. The first obvious one being Noah’s flood story. “Not just the Hebrews, but Mesopotamians, Egyptians, and Greeks all report a flood in primordial times. A Sumerian king list from 2100 BC divides itself into two categories: those kings who ruled before a great flood and those who ruled after it. One of the earliest examples of Sumero-Akkadian-Babylonian literature, the Gilgamesh Epic, describes a great flood sent as punishment by the gods, with humanity saved only when the pious Utnapishtim (AKA, “the Mesopotamian Noah”) builds a ship and saves the animal world thereon.” (equip.org) The people, aside from the Hebrews, who worshiped multiple gods thought the flood came from them, but in reality we know exactly where it came from: The God of Heaven (Genesis 6-8).
Next archeological clue: the split rock of Horeb. After the exodus from Egypt on their journey to the promised land, the Israelite people became very thirsty and had no water to drink. They became so mad that they wanted to stone Moses and go back into slavery. God told Moses to go strike a rock that would split open and water would flow from it, and Moses did that very thing. Water flowed from the rock and the Israelites were filled (Exodus 17). Now, I know what you might be thinking. So what? They found a little stone that cracked. Well, not quite. Archeologists have located this exact stone and it is huge! There is evidence of water erosion coming from this rock, down Mount Sinai. Now let me ask you this: this rock on top of a mountain in the middle of the desert in the Middle East. How else could water have got there? How else could this boulder have split right down the middle? We have evidence: the God of the Bible.
The final piece of archeological evidence, which is my personal favorite, is the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. As we all know, this city was a very sinful city that God punished. The Bible describes this in Genesis 19. God sent fire and brimstone and completely destroyed the city and all who accompanied it, except for Lot (Abraham’s nephew) and his family. Two angels came and led them out before God’s wrath was shown. Sodom and Gomorrah were just 2 of 5 cities that ran through the Dead Sea Rift, which can be found today south of the Dead Sea. “At God’s command the rift ruptured, spewing great quantities of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons high into the atmosphere. These ignited, setting the whole region ablaze and covering it with fire and brimstone. Abraham saw the conflagration from Mamre, about 20 miles away. The fiery mixture almost certainly didn’t come from a point source, such as a volcano, but destroyed the whole area along the linear fault. The cities were crushed and burned, just as the Bible describes. The city of Sodom actually straddled a fault, causing half of it to fall about 100 meters. No one survived. Today, numerous bodies remain trapped in the rubble.” (icr.org). Sodom and Gomorrah were real cities that were burned to the ground. This fault did not just split in half so drastically that an entire town sank into the earth and fire engulfed it. The Bible gives a perfect example for it. It matches completely and there is no denying it. Either it happened by extreme coincidence or the Bible is accurate. And I don’t believe in coincidence.
2. Eye-witness accounts.
Who is the most important character in the Bible? Jesus, easy. No one can argue that Jesus is not a real person of history. Now, a lot of people try to argue that Jesus was not the messiah or God, but that He was just a prophet or a teacher. He did prophesy, he did teach, but he was also the living Son of God in human form. How do we know? First, let us explore eye-witnesses.
There are two types of evidence in all criminal investigations. First, there is circumstantial evidence and then there is primary evidence. Circumstantial evidence is where people can draw inferences towards a case based on facts. This evidence on its own is weak. Did Epstein kill himself? Who knows? No one clearly saw it (that we know of at least). Therefore, it can be reputed and ignored. Next, primary evidence. This is either documents that were first hand or eye-witness accounts. The Bible, especially the gospels, have both!
Everyone one of the disciples gave first hand accounts as to what they saw and to add on to that, they did not just say it. They lived it. Why would a bunch of men who followed this guy named Jesus die for something if they did not know it was true? It just doesn’t add up. The reason they did was because they had seen first-hand what Jesus did and who He truly was. He is God in human flesh. He was more than a teacher, He is The God-man.
Matthew, John, James, and Peter are 4 authors from the new testament that actually witnessed Jesus in his lifetime and all of their stories match up. Mark and Luke are also in the gospels (gospels are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John– the life of Jesus) but these two men were in direct contact with the disciples and wrote down everything they heard. All the stories add up with minute details missing. Let me explain. If Jim and I go see a movie, he is going to explain it differently than me. But the summaries overall will point to the same picture. That is what these authors did! Every story is the same! It isn’t like we are reading an account of one person. But instead, we are reading 66 different books that all point to one person and all match perfectly. That is not a coincidence.
I could go on and on about this. These are just the 2 biggest points I wanted to make. If this doesn’t satisfy your taste, look for more. I was able to find multitudes. If you truly dive deep into it, Christianity and the Bible are inevitable. Everything matches. (Matthew 7)
The Bible is God’s inspired word. Seek the truth, and you will find it. By searching, you’ll run into God. He wants you to have a curious heart.
Are you searching?