Why Believe the Bible?
by Dr. Doug Potter
As we enter another Christmas season and hear the Bible referenced and quoted in pop culture more than perhaps any other time of the year, the question is sure to arise as to why one should trust the Bible. An article on a popular Christian website attempted to answer that very question. More specifically, the question is, “What is the authority upon which you believe the Bible to be true?” The problem with the article’s answer is that it only cited remarkable facts about the Bible as the authority upon which one should believe the Bible. It says the Bible is unique, gives one consistent story of redemption, is accurate, even prophetic, claims a divine origin, and changes lives. All good and well, but more is needed to complete the picture of the authority upon which we should believe the Bible is true.
This is especially needed because, as the article acknowledges, we live in a confused world, at times a confused church, and I would add at times have a confused Christian apologetic. Particularly one that is incomplete, at times circular in reasoning, and often missing the goal of apologetics, that is giving answers that demonstrate the truth of Christianity. Therefore, I offer a more comprehensive answer…