Proofs of the Bible



God doesn't want blind faith. He wants you to have faith based on solid evidence.

God doesn't want blind faith. He wants you to have faith based on solid evidence. "Test [prove] all things; hold fast what is good," He tells us (1 Thessalonians:5:21). You can prove the divine origin, authenticity and accuracy of the Bible.

To help you prove whether the Bible is true and trustworthy, request our free booklet Is the Bible True? Many books available through Bible bookstores are also very helpful.

Some of the major proofs of the Bible's divine inspiration are:

Fulfilled prophecies. Many past events were prophesied in the Bible and came to pass exactly as foretold. It will be even more impressive to see future prophesied events happen exactly as promised. For more information, request our free booklet You Can Understand Bible Prophecy .

Internal harmony. The Bible never contradicts itself! This is truly miraculous considering that it was written over the course of some 1,500 years by about 40 different authors! Some details in the Bible may seem to contradict at first glance, and many skeptics point to apparent discrepancies to try to disprove divine inspiration. However, several good books have been written that explain such alleged discrepancies, showing that when properly understood they are not contradictory. If there are a few that we can't readily explain, they merely show our human lack of understanding, not errors in the Bible.

Science. There is no conflict between true science and the Bible. (Evolution is a theory for explaining science, not science itself.) When science and the Bible seem to conflict, one or the other is not being correctly understood. The Creator God who inspired the Bible understands science better than all scientists put together.

Archaeology. This is the study of the material remains of past people's lives and activities. Many biblical sites have been found, and the amount of evidence confirming the biblical record is enormous. No archaeological discovery to date contradicts the Bible (though some mistakenly interpret some findings as doing so).

Promises and prayers. God gives us many promises in His Word. Seeing promises fulfilled is evidence of God's faithfulness. And God promises to answer prayers of His people, especially prayers that are in harmony with His will and promises. Answered prayer can strengthen one's faith in God and His Word more than anything else.

The Bible works! God's ways work. The Bible teaches countless practical principles for daily life. Just as nature teaches us about invisible physical laws, the Bible teaches that there are also invisible but absolute spiritual laws governing every aspect of human life. The better we understand all those laws and get in harmony with them, the healthier, happier and more successful we will be. God's ways work and they work well.


keepergirl

keepergirl's picture

I have read the Good News magazine for years and have read several booklets concerning holidays and such. I have been in total agreement with you all as being biblical truth. Now I am reminded that we all fall short. I decided to learn more about your church and found like I have before.....you are just another church. And what got me was it is so simple. The commandment of "Thou shall not kill" and your church is against going to war and such.My questions is.....does that also mean we should not kill anything for food, in self defense or to save another life??? Every other version of bibles I have read except King James Version uses the word murder which is a big difference compared to kill. So another question is.....do you not recommend any other version of the bible? Also I have studied enough to know the translation from Hebrew and Greek texts, they are talking about murder. Don't get me wrong, I still respect and will continue to read your literature, just trying to understand as I am a student of the Word and trying to grasp the real truth as I have so many doctrines that I am sick. Thank you if and when you respond to this. I do seek answers and have gotten my mind and heart changed before over certain scriptures.




Steven Britt

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The word is more correctly translated as "murder." In light of God's other commandments throughout the law, there are certainly circumstances in which killing is required, and by this we know that God delineates between killing and murder. If the command to not murder was taken in the more general meaning of not killing, then God's commandments would be contradictory, which is not possible.

God commanded that some animals be killed as sacrifices (as in Leviticus 4:33), and God explicitly stated that the Israelites could kill animals for food, including both domesticated and game animals (Deuteronomy 12:15). Also, anyone who was found breaking certain laws was put to death by the assembly (Deuteronomy 13:9). God also commanded Israel to wipe out entire cities in military campaigns - men, women, and children - and this was done as a deliberate act of God's judgment on those people. Our Fundamental Beliefs booklet has an excellent explanation of <a href="http://www.ucg.org/booklet/fundamental-beliefs/military-service-and-war/">why Christians shouldn't engage in military service today</a> that clarifies the differences in the current situation with that of ancient Israel. The main points are that Israel as a whole followed God, they were the only nation that followed God, and God guided their army directly.

As for translations, we do not rely on any one English bible to establish doctrine - this can be guided by English translations but they must be examined against the Hebrew and Greek to ensure accuracy. The NKJV is the standard translation used in our publications because of its balance of accuracy and readability, but we often pull from others if they present the meaning of a scripture more clearly.




keepergirl

keepergirl's picture

Thank you so much for clarifying this !



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