Hard Questions About the Bible

Does Science Prove the Bible?

In general, no.  Or putting it another way, people who rely only on observing the natural world would tend to think that science does not prove the Bible.  Scientific laws DO support the Bible (see my previous articles).  But aside from that, how can you believe that the Bible is true?

I believe the Bible is true, not because of indisputable scientific proof, but because of a lot of small proofs.  I discussed some of the reasons I believe the Bible is true in past articles, but let me point out some others.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, found in caves on the north shore of the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956, and dated to between 3 BC and 70 AD proved that the much of the Bible was accurately translated through the years.

Josephus (37 – 100 AD) was a Jewish historian whose writings confirm many parts of the New Testament, including accounts about Jesus.

There are many archaeological finds that confirm the Bible.  Uncovered tablets, writings and records confirm the existence of people thought to be legends.  You can research this on the internet to get more information.

If you take any ancient city from the Bible and research it, most likely at least some of the information will be credited as coming from the Bible.  An example, I searched ‘Tyre, Lebanon’ in Wikipedia, and it said, “A detailed list of trading partners and merchandise (of Tyre) can be found in the Bible in the Book of Ezekiel 27:1-24”.  In other words, the Bible is considered reliable enough to be a resource for historical information.

Many details in the Bible can be confirmed by history.  The New Testament, for example, takes place against a background of recorded historical people and places, like Caesar Augustus, Pilate, King Herod, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and many others.  If you go to Israel, you can walk the paths that Jesus walked and see many other locations mentioned in the Bible.

Most people of different faiths agree that Jesus is a historical figure who really lived, except that Christians believe he is the Son of God who came to save sinners.

The Bible has an actual historical chronology and a theme, which is all about the relationship between God and man.

The most important proof to Christians is relationship with God and how that changes lives.

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