I took the following quote from Voddie Baucham. If you have never heard this man preach, then you are missing out. He really knows what he is talking about. Here is his quote:
“I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents written down by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses that report supernatural events which took place in fulfillment of specific prophesies and claim to be divine rather than human in origin.”
This quote looks to be an answer to the question: How come you believe the Bible? Is the Bible accurate?
Obviously, since this is Mr. Baucham’s quote, most of this blog will come from what he said. However, I will start with this. I have been accused of using circular reasoning to defend the Bible. People will say you can’t defend the Bible with the Bible.
Let me be real clear here. I will never defend the Bible. The Bible does not need a defense. It will defend itself if you look intellectually at it. As Charles Spurgeon put it,
“Scripture is like a lion. Who ever heard of defending a lion? Just turn it loose; it will defend itself.”
Now back to the main question, is the Bible inerrant? The answer is yes, and here is a passage from 2 Peter to support it.
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
– 2 Peter 1:16-21 (ESV)
“…A reliable collection of historical documents written down by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses …”
Look at 2 Peter, it says they did not follow cleverly devised myths (another translation says ‘tales’). These authors wrote the Bible based on historical events that they saw with their own eyes, or was recounted to them by other eyewitnesses. They didn’t write based on myths or tales, but actual events.
“…that report supernatural events which took place in fulfillment of specific prophesies…”
The authors of the Bible wrote of supernatural events, not just superhuman events. For example, Jesus healing the man’s withered hand (Matt. 12:13); Jesus walked on the water (Matt. 14:25); when Jesus healed the blind men (Matt. 9:29-30). Finally of course, the fulfillment of the prophesy of crucifixion in Psalm 22. This was written a thousand years before Jesus was born and it was fulfilled. So the authors wrote about events that they saw, and were writing about fulfilled prophesy.
“…claim to be divine rather than human in origin.”
In verse 20 and 21 of 2 Peter, “knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God…” No prophesy can be fulfilled by a human. No prophesy comes from human interpretation, it is only from God.
The Bible is inerrant. Yes, it was penned by men, but it was inspired by God. There are many “arguments” that can come from this. One example: someone might say, since it was penned by men, then it must be disregarded because it is inaccurate. Well, using this logic, all books must be disregarded. The last time I checked, all books were written by men (and women). So if that’s the argument, it has no logic to it.
The question of is the Bible accurate and why do you believe it is an intelligent question and deserves an intelligent response. It is not enough to say something like well I believe it because I believe it, or I am a Southern Baptist and that is how we believe. A Christian has to stand ready to give a reason for the hope that is in them (1 Peter 3:15).
Again, the quote at the beginning comes from Voddie Baucham and then of course most of the breakdown of it comes from his explanation because it is not my quote, however, it is a wonderful answer to the question of why I believe the bible, therefore I am now using it. I encourage you to check out brother Baucham.
– Adam Smith