Why You Can Trust the Bible Pt. 3
Today we’re covering the final external evidence that validates the claims of the Bible. For lack of a better name, we’ll call this point of evidence, Our Reality.
The Bible explains our reality in a way no other document, ideology, religion, or philosophy can. It’s staggeringly accurate and relevant. It gives us a lens through which we can view the world in all of its fallen terror and redemptive hope.
A worldview seeks to answer three questions: (1) What’s the world supposed to be like? (2) What happened? (3) How can it be put right again?
Most everyone will agree that the world is broken and deeply flawed. Things don’t work right—at all. That’s why sadness, anger, and fear exist. The world is not right. People get sick and die. Leaders grow corrupt. The planet turns against itself. Our daily lives are riddled with tragedies, scandals, dangers, and disasters. What happened?
The Bible can answer every single question about that brokenness—even the ones people don’t ask:
Why does injustice and cruelty enrage us?
Why do people self-medicate?
Why do we need hospitals, policemen, and prisons?
Why do people lie, cheat, and steal?
Why do nations go to war against each another?
Why is history riddled with genocide, euthanasia, and racism?
Why are relationships so hard to manage?
Why is the workplace filled with conflict and exhaustion?
Why do people cut line at Theme Parks?
Why do people keep calling me and telling me they’ve been trying to reach me about my car’s extended warranty?
Beyond all that brokenness, we also catch glimpses of redemption and hints of our image-bearing potential.
Why does beauty move us?
Why do we crave order and predictability?
Why do we love good stories and beautiful songs?
Why do we look for meaning, purpose, and identity?
Why do we yearn for peace and long for acceptance?
The Bible truthfully answers all those questions. It’s the only worldview that actually comports with the fallen realities and redemptive yearnings we experience each day. But the Bible does not stop at why. It goes further to tell us what will put the world—and us—right again: Jesus Christ coming and dying in our place, then rising from his own grave and promising to return and complete his work of final restoration.
Our questions about the trustworthiness of the Bible need to get settled because we will never believe the ridiculously good news about Jesus until they are. If we believe the Old Testament accounts of creation, fall, flood, and babel are inaccurate, maybe the account of Jesus is inaccurate too. Maybe God did not become a man, live, die, and rise from the dead for sinners. If the flood history can’t be trusted, then neither can the resurrection history be trusted. If the creation record is flawed, then so is the gospel record. We must be consistent.
But they’re not flawed. They’re not inaccurate. They’re true. From God. Validated. Verified. Authorized. Irrefutable. And they resonate with us in a way no other document does.
Don’t let clever sounding people convince you the Bible is a fairy tell with no history or experimental evidence. They are the ones who cannot adequately account for the world they live in.
At a later time we’ll return to this series and pick up with Internal Evidence. How do we know the Bible came from God? How can we be sure nothing is missing—no “lost books” or fifth gospels? And how do we know that no “extra” books were included in our Bibles that we should ignore? We’ll answer those questions at another time.
Until then, read your Bible. Enjoy your Bible. Trust your Bible.