5 Evidences the Bible is True
How can we be sure the Bible is true? Is there evidence that supports the biblical text? Then answer is yes – and quite a bit of evidence at that! Here are five evidences that the Bible is true…
Thousands of ancient, hand-copied documents—referred to as “manuscripts”— provide proof of the New Testament and Old Testament’s historical consistency. In fact, there is significantly more documentation for the books of the Bible than there are for other historically recognized authors and literature, such as Plato and The Iliad.
2. Archeological findings
Excavation sites and artifacts also provide evidence that many of the events, people and places mentioned in the Bible really existed—such as the city Jericho and its famous walls or the Hittites, a people group once thought by skeptics to be a myth.
The fact that Jesus was a true, historical person is clearly documented by Jewish manuscripts, even before the Apostle Paul and the writers of Gospels provided their eye witness accounts. Other ancient cultural documents also reference his existence. For instance, the Roman leader and historian Tacitus wrote:
“Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus …”
4. Fulfilled prophecies
The Bible contains hundreds, even thousands, of prophecies that have been fulfilled. They include detailed descriptions of events that would later happen to the Jewish people and surrounding nations, as well as prophecies about the life and death of Christ.
5. Redeemed lives
The Bible speaks to the condition of the human soul in a way that has life-changing impact. There are countless examples of people whose lives have been radically changed by the Bible. Just to name a few:
-John Newton, a slave-ship master who converted to Christianity and later wrote the famous hymn, “Amazing Grace.”
-Norma McCorvey, the woman at the heart of the U.S. Supreme Court case that resulted in nationwide legalized abortion, Roe v. Wade. She then spoke for the right of the preborn to live.
The Importance of Truth
These five evidences are just a portion of what exists that confirms the reliability of the Bible. Examining the evidence and coming to the conclusion that the Bible is true is a transformational realization. It changes the way we think and act as we recognize that God has given us his Word to guide us.
As we approach Easter, take some time to read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection again. Ask God to take what you read and reframe it in your mind. The truth is, it’s more than just a story – it’s the historical account of God’s intervening plan to save a lost and sinful world. That’s a truth worth sharing!