TRUTH is a word that has all but lost its meaning in today’s society.
Truth is a fact or belief that is accepted as true.
A fact is something that is indisputably the case.
So if truth is based upon something that is indisputable—truth cannot be relative.
The Economist is a magazine similar to TIME magazine. They recently ran an article called “THE POST-TRUTH WORLD.”
Another article was titled: “HOW TECHNOLOGY DISRUPTED THE TRUTH.”
What a terrible place to be in where it is impossible to tell the truth from a lie.
Rene Descartes said: I think, therefore I am. Another way Descartes worded it was I am, I exist.
In simplest terms, this means that I know that I am because I exist. No one can prove that I don’t exists because I do. I am here. I am a thinking, breathing human being.
If you can prove it—its true.
Until very recently, this was the definition of truth. If it exists and can be proven, it is true.
Today we have a much different view of things: I believe, therefore I am right.
Simple belief in something doesn’t guarantee truthfulness. I can believe in the tooth fairy until the day I die, but that won’t make the tooth fairy exist.
I can believe I am black. I can believe I am a woman. I can believe I am 6’5”—none of those things become true simply because I believe them.
I’ve taught on this many times over the years in smaller settings and then question always arises: “Then how can you say God is true if you can’t prove that he exists?”
I follow that up by asking the questioner if they believe their history books.
Of the 142 books of the Roman History of Livy (Titus Livius) only 35 survived, represented in about 20 manuscripts.
Altogether we possess about 5,300 partial or complete Greek manuscripts of the Bible. Early on, the New Testament books were translated into other languages, which seldom happened with other Greek and Latin writers. This means that in addition to Greek, we have something close to 8,000 manuscripts in Latin, and an additional 8,000 or so manuscripts in other languages such as Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopic, Coptic, Gothic, Slavic, Sahidic and Georgian.
Compared to history you accept as complete fact:
New Testament: Written 40 to 100 AD | Earliest Copy 250 AD | 5000 Greek Copies
Histories of Herodotus: Written 480 to 425 BC | Earliest Copy 900 AD | 8 Copies
Pliny the Younger: Written 61 to 133 AD | Earliest Copy 900 AD | 7 Copies
This argument is so strong, that, if we deny the authenticity of the New Testament we may with a thousand times greater propriety reject all the other writings in the world.
Another piece of evidence is Prophecy. The probability of simply one of these predictions coming true is incredible, but Jesus fulfilled all of them. The examples below are prophecies that were made at least 700+ years before the time of Christ.
His birthplace will be in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2) Matthew 2:1
He will be born of a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14) Matthew 1:18
He will come into Jerusalem on young donkey. (Zechariah 9:9) John 12:14
Christ to be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. (Zechariah 11:12) Matthew 26:15
His close friend will betray Him. (Psalm 41:9) Mark 14:10
His hands and feet will be pierced. (Psalm 22:16) John 20:27
He will rise from the dead. (Psalm 16:10) Acts 3:15
He will ascend to Heaven. (Psalm 68:18) Acts 1:9
The odds of these eight events happening and being fulfilled by one man are
1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. (28 zeros)
That’s the same as covering the state of Texas with silver dollars, 2-3ft deep, marking ONE of those coins… and a blind-folded man being able to find that coin on his first attempt.
The bible is HISTORICALLY, ARCHEOLOGICALLY, and GEOGRAPHICALLY accurate. It has been used as a map for archeological findings throughout Jerusalem and Palestine.
Fact: In the 19th century, most “modern” archeologists agreed that there was no such group as the “Hittites”.
Genesis 23:10 “Ephron was sitting there among the others, and he answered Abraham as the others listened, speaking publicly before all the Hittite elders of the town.”
Then, “out of the blue”, in the late 1800’s, they made tremendous discoveries that matched the Bible.
Fact: Until 1993 there was no proof of the existence of King David or even of Israel as a nation prior to Solomon. Then in 1993 archeologists found proof of King David’s existence outside the Bible. At an ancient mound called Tel Dan, in the north of Israel, words carved into a chunk of basalt were translated as “House of David” and “King of Israel” proving that he was more than just a legend.
Quote: “No archeological discovery has ever contradicted a Biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline, or in exact detail, historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.”
– Dr. Nelson Glueck (Modern Authority on Israeli Archeology)
The Bible you own is an amazing piece of history that is documented to be a valid work of literature; but beyond the historical evidence we cannot forget that it is the literal Words of God that have the power to frame worlds, change lives, and sustain us as believers.
No one would debate with you regarding the history they learned in school. But, for some reason, the Bible isn’t widely accepted as the rich source material it is.
If everything found in it from archeology to genealogies are true, why wouldn’t the stories about Jesus be?
Why would 11 out of 12 disciples die for the sake of Jesus if what they said about him was a lie.
1) Christian Apologetics, by Norman Geisler, 1976, p. 307; 2) the article “Archaeology and History attest to the Reliability of the Bible,” by Richard M. Fales, Ph.D., in The Evidence Bible, Compiled by Ray Comfort, Bridge-Logos Publishers, Gainesville, FL, 2001, p. 163; and 3) A Ready Defense, by Josh Mcdowell, 1993, p. 45.