Since the New Testament writers were biased, can we trust their testimony?

by Matt Slick

Yes, we can trust their testimony.  Being biased about something does not mean that you cannot tell the truth.  Take for example the case of a robbery of a small store.  The robber shoots and the wounds two employees, escapes, but is later apprehended.  At the trial the employees who have recovered from their injuries are brought in to testify.  Both of these witnesses are biased in that they want to see the perpetrator properly punished.  But, under oath their testimony is accepted as perfectly valid — providing there aren’t obvious problems.  So, being biased does not automatically mean that the testimony they give is not true.

The New Testament writers were certainly biased, but their bias was towards honesty and truth,  not deceit.  Their intention was to record accurately and testify to the events that they had seen.  Remember, the disciples were followers of Jesus who taught them to love, to be kind, faithful, and honest.  And this wasn’t all.  Jesus warned against hypocrisy (Matt. 6:1, and against bearing false witness (Matt. 19:18).  The whole life of Jesus was based on integrity, character, faithfulness, truthfulness, love, and sacrifice.  This is what the disciples learned from Jesus and this is what they taught in their writings…

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