Can We Trust the Bible?

Jesus trusted the Bible.  Perhaps that’s the best reason of all to trust the Bible. Jesus openly and willingly trusted the Bible.  The Old Testament authors declared that they spoke the very words of God (Exodus 20:1–4; Deuteronomy 8:3; Isaiah 1:2; Jeremiah 1:1–13) and Jesus accepted that. If ever there was a chance to say the Bible is an old outdated book, Jesus could have said that about the Old Testament when He was here but instead, He affirmed the Scriptures. 

In fact, Jesus trusted the Bible so much that it cost Him His life.  When the soldiers came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, He saw them coming. Due to the lay of the land and the fact that it was at night, Jesus had maybe 5 -10 minutes lead time.  If Jesus wanted to get away, He could have done so easily.  Jesus chose to stay and allow Himself to be arrested, knowing the horrific events of the crucifixion were soon at hand.  He gave one reason:

"Am I leading a rebellion," said Jesus, "that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me?  Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled."  Mark 14:48-49 (NIV)

We can add to that mounds of empirical evidence that points to the veracity of Scripture but here’s just one.  The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947.  Among these well-preserved scrolls were fragments of Scripture and an almost complete copy of the book of Isaiah.  What the Dead Sea Scrolls did for us was verify the accuracy of the transmission of Scripture. In other words, we claim that Scripture was free from error as it was originally given.  Ok, but what about the copies of Scripture, or the transmission of Scripture down through the ages.  Are the copies good?  Is what we have in the English Bible what God wanted us to have?

Yes. The Dead Sea Scrolls imposed upon us a verification of one thousand years of copying Scripture!

Before 1947, the oldest Hebrew manuscript dated to AD 900.  But with the discovery of 223 manuscripts in caves on the west side of the Dead Sea, we came into possession of Old Testament manuscripts dated by paleographers to around 125 BC.  These scrolls were a thousand years older than any previously known manuscripts. 77 FAQs About God and The Bible, p156