Dude, do you really believe the Bible is true?

by Student
(USA)





Yes, I believe the Bible is true history in which God reveals Himself to the human race. It has been my experience that most people who do not believe the Bible are simply unfamiliar with its historical veracity.

"Thy word is true from the beginning:
and every one of thy righteous
judgments endureth for ever."

-Psalm 119:160





"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
-Psalm 12:6-7

Secular historians acknowledge
the historicity of the Bible

Tacitus the Roman historian, AD 112 wrote that Jesus "was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius." -Annals XV.44

Lucian, a satirist in the second century AD referred to Jesus as "the man who was crucified in Palestine" who persuaded his followers "that they were all brothers" and that they should deny the Greek gods and worship him. -On the Death of Peregrine.

Josephus the first century Jewish historian referred to Jesus as "the so called Christ" whose disciples reported that "he appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive." -Antiquities XVIII.33, XX.9.1

Suetonius another Roman historian, wrote of the Jews who were expelled from Rome because they "made constant disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus" (an alternative spelling of Christ). Life of Claudius 25:4

Pliny the Younger, AD 112, wrote that early Christians met together to sing "a hymn to Christ as to a god and bound themselves to a solemn oath not to do any wicked deeds." -Epistles X.96

Thallus born in Samaria (part of biblical Israel) AD 52, wrote in his histories: "It was at the season of the Paschal full moon that Christ died." Julius Africanus quotes Thallus around AD 190, in Chronographiai, as recorded by Eusebius in the Chronicon.

The Babylonian Talmud says of Jesus: "On the eve of Passover they hanged Yeshua (of Nazareth)... in that he had practiced sorcery and beguiled and led astray Israel." -Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 43aThe point is that ancient historians contemporary with New Testament times acknowledge the historicity of the New Testament record.



Jesus affirmed the Old Testament


Jesus confirmed the truth of the Old Testament, leaving no doubt that He believed it to be true.
Jesus said: "Scripture cannot be broken" John 10:34

Jesus said: "it must be fufilled" Luke 24:44

Jesus condemned the Pharisees for not knowing what the Old Testament actually said. "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God" Matthew 22:29

Jesus said everything in the Old Testament will be fulfilled. "one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fufilled" Matthew 5:18

Jesus taught the authenticity and
historicity of the Old Testament.

Jesus confirmed:


a. That Adam and Eve were created by God - Matthew 19:4

b. That Cain killed Abel - Matthew 23:35

c. That a flood destroyed the world in Noah's time - Luke 17:27

d. That God spoke to Moses from the burning bush - Luke 20:37

e. That Elijah performed miracles - Luke 4:25

f. That Jonah was in the whale three days - Matthew 12:40

g. That the prophet Daniel made true predictions - Matthew 24:15

What makes Jesus' statements significant is that modern skeptics attack believing the Bible on all of these points. Therefore we are forced to make a decision.

Do we believe the Jesus or do we believe the skeptics? Do we believe Jesus or do we believe the Bible?

If we follow Jesus' lead, Christians believe the Old Testament is inspired scripture, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, exactly as Jesus believed.

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Student's Original question:

"Like seriously dude, how can anyone believe all those stories happened? I grew up in church and even I don't believe that stuff. And another thing, the Bible has been rewritten so many times. One of my professors says most of the Bible was written thousands of years after it happened.

Its just a political document that reinforces man's domination of women. I gotta wonder about people who believe the Bible. I'd respect you more if you just admitted its fantasy, kinda cool in some places but more like a fairy tale than true. No offense, just wanted to ask."

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Jul 25, 2010
Don't critique what you don't know and study.
by: Kevin

"Hey Dude," How much time have you ever given to read and study what the Bible actually says. Most of those who have strong opinions as to the Bible being untrue or inaccurate, have rarely even read the Bible.

Much of what you've heard that the Bible says is incomplete and or inaccurate. Please be fair if you choose to be critical of the Scriptures. Read it first.

As to the incredibility of the stories; if in fact there is a creator who was able to not only design and create a universe but maintains its moment by moment function, what is too hard for Him? Is a big flood, raising a man from the dead or parting a sea a big deal?

I think maybe the problem is; Do you believe in God? If you do maybe the God you believe in is just too small! "Dude," cut God a break. Read and study the Bible. You will discover a God big enough to create and maintain a universe yet small enough to live in the hearts of men and women who choose to believe in him!

Jul 27, 2010
God is the Truth
by: Anonymous

I do agree with the previous comments. There is nothing that is to great for God to those who believe in him. That means that even though we can't see him or touch him, we have direct access to his perfect works through our faith and trust in him.

We exist because he wanted us to be here with him at this time. Many people try to down play the works that have been done in the Bible. So your professor may have some opinions or even facts about the bible that we read and study from. Scriptures can be misread and some of the time misguided by others within the scripture.

Always read for yourself, because he only whispers to you and tells you which way to go and who to listen to. Listen to what is inside you. If you feel a battle within yourself, ask him why? And he will give you what you are in search of.

Don't be offended or confused by what others say, be blessed and have peace by what God says and he will direct your path always.

Be Blessed

D

Oct 02, 2014
Concerns with Apostasy
by: Henry

Hello, I'm sorry for asking this, but you are one of the only people I know that thoroughly researches the Bible before giving answers.

I have concerns with apostasy, especially for an important friend of mine. He used to be Catholic (I'm Christian), but at one point he renounced his faith and started referring to himself as an Atheist. I've read in some passages that apostates cannot and will not be forgiven by God.

Assuming an apostate is someone that renounces his faith, I'm really worried about him and he is very important to me. (And I am somewhat worried about myself as well, because about a year ago I said some regretful things to God out of depression and saying things related to leaving and doubting/wanting to stop believing, back when I was convinced God hated me for being LGBT. But deep down I know I didn't mean it.)

Can you please help me understand? Is there any context or anything at all that could help him if he ever wanted to come back to God?

Rick's comment: Hi Henry - As Christians we always want to learn the basics and then apply basic Bible doctrine to life's perplexing questions. The best preparation for being a disciple of Jesus is to know for sure you are saved. Everyone needs to be saved from sin and from hell - Baptists, Catholics, Atheists, Jehovah's Witnesses - everyone. Here is what Jesus taught about hell.

Jesus teaches Hell 101

Getting saved and becoming a disciple of Jesus means not trusting your good works, baptism, sacraments, confirmation, being a cultural Christian or grace allegedly flowing from a church and instead, trusting by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone to save you.

Bottom line: We need to understand that salvation is never about joining a church or getting baptized. Salvation is about trusting Jesus INSTEAD of trusting a church.

What must I do to be saved?

Once you know you are saved, it helps to understand what happened when you get saved.

What happens when you get saved?

Once you understand what happens when you get saved, it helps to understand how long you are saved for. Is your salvation temporary or eternal?

Do I have eternal security in Jesus?

God is a lot smarter and a lot more compassionate than we are. He understands when we get depressed and frustrated and say things we don't mean. Our loving Lord is compassionate and full of mercy for His children.

Confess your sins to Jesus - NEVER to a priest - and accept His forgiveness and restoration to fellowship.

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