Is the Bible true?

Some people wonder if the Bible is true. They believe that parts were not translated correctly from the original language, or that sections were removed which should have been included. However, tests for ancient documents done by scholars prove that the Bible can be trusted. This means it contains accurate information about God, ourselves and the events it describes.

Here are four good reasons to trust the Bible.

The Bible claims to be inspired by God.

The words of the Bible were not given to its authors word for word, but instead, God gave his thoughts to men who used their own writing style. Peter wrote about this in 2 Peter 1:21, “...but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."

Paul, another follower of Jesus, also talked about this when he wrote, “All Scripture is inspired by God [literally “God-breathed”] and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Jesus said the Bible is true and was given to mankind by God.

Even Jesus, who claimed to be God, said that the Bible is true (Matthew 22:29; John 17:17); historically accurate (Matthew 12:40; 24:37-38); cannot be altered (John 10:35); and that the predictions in it must happen (Matthew 5:17-18).

Jesus also validated the truth of the Bible when he quoted from the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy (8:3). And in Matthew 4:4b, he described the Bible as the "word that comes from the mouth of God.” He also said that the creation of the universe described in Genesis chapter 2 was spoken by God (Matthew 19:4-5; Genesis 2:24).

Other Bible writers, including those who knew Jesus, said the Bible is true and God inspired.

Paul, who wrote almost half of the books of the New Testament, said that his own words were given by the Holy Spirit, and that the Holy Spirit also guided other people in their writing (1 Corinthians 2:13; Ephesians 3:4-5). And Peter referred to Paul’s books as “Scriptures” (2 Peter 3:15-16).

John, one of Jesus’ disciples, wrote a Bible book by his name and was even present at Jesus’ execution. In the Bible, when John describes Jesus’ death in third person, he says, "This report is from an eye-witness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also can believe” (19:35).

Luke, a physician and scholar who is the only non-Jewish writer of the New Testament, encouraging readers to be certain of God’s truth:

“Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples. Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I have also decided to write a careful account for you, you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught” (1:1-4).

Many who lived during Jesus' time died for their belief in the Bible.

According to early Christian accounts, writers of the Bible’s New Testament like Matthew, Luke, Paul, James, and Peter, died as martyrs because of their faith in Jesus and their belief in God’s message.