Case-Making 101: A Case for the Bible – How do we know that we can trust the Bible?
by Teri Dugan
Over the years I have come across Christians who believe that it doesn’t matter whether we know anything about the Bible and defending our faith. “Just have faith” some would say. But, faith in what?
Because I became a follower of Jesus later in life I would have thought that the Bible would be the most important thing to know. If we are claiming to be followers of Christ (Christians) how are we going to follow someone we don’t know anything about? And if someone attacks the very thing we are following shouldn’t we be able to defend it?
Jesus directs us as His followers to go out and share the Gospel with the world (Matthew 28:18-20), and Peter, one of Jesus’ closest friends, teaches that we should always be able to give an answer to those who ask about our faith (1 Peter 3:15). In order to do that we need to know what the Gospel is and we need to know that what we believe is true and worth defending. The only way I see that happening is by making a lifetime commitment to learning what the Bible teaches and knowing that we can have the highest level of confidence that it is the Word of God.
So how do we know the Bible we have today is the Word of God? How do we know that it hasn’t been changed over time? How do we know we have the right books? These were some of the biggest questions I had when I began to investigate the claims of Christianity…
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