Miguel Nuñez argues that the Bible is trustworthy because of its unity, its historicity, its worldview’s consistency, and its durability.
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We can trust the Bible for several different reasons.
The Bible Is Coherent
We could begin by saying that we could trust the Bible because of its coherence. We have 66 books written by 40 different authors, plus or minus, from three different continents over a 1,500-year period, and yet all these books are coherent. They tell one single story. And many of these authors never spoke to each other, never knew each other, and they even come from different regions and generations. But when they wrote, they provided this single story you can follow through from the beginning to the very end. There truly is an incredible unity within them.
We have 66 books written by 40 different authors, plus or minus, from three different continents over a 1,500-year period, and yet all these books are coherent. They tell one single story.
The Bible Is Historically Verifiable
Think about the New Testament; there are no better documents from antiquity with better attestation than the documents of the New Testament. You could put any document of the past next to it, and you will realize that the documents of the New Testament are historically proven and historically valuable. They are more consistent than any document of the past. We have over 15,000 copies in Greek. We have at least fragments of those documents that could be as old as 50–100 years after the original documents, something that you cannot find in any documents of the past. Some of the best-known documents of history have no existing copies until about 900–1,200 years after the original was written or after the author had lived.
The Bible Has a Consistent and Reliable Worldview
I think we can also trust the Bible as well because of the worldview that it gives us. We need to realize that the Bible is not only telling us a history of a people, the people of God, but is also a worldview that God has given to mankind. And that worldview can be tested and can answer questions in a consistent way. Some of those questions are things like:
- Origin: Where did I come from?
- Purpose: What am I here for?
- Morality: What’s good and what’s bad?
- Destiny: Where am I going?
And then when you answer all of those questions from a worldview’s perspective, there must be consistency in the answers. And if you test the Bible as a worldview against any other worldview, you will realize at the very end that the worldview that we find in the writings of the Scriptures is more consistent than any one that is known to mankind.
The Bible Has Endured the Test of Time
We can trust the Bible because it has endured the time. Someone said that the best proof that the Bible is the Word of God, it has endured 2,000 years of bad preaching. People have tried to abuse the Bible, disqualify the Bible, lie about the Bible, and distort the Bible; and yet, 2,000 years later, people still believe in what it declares.
People have tried to abuse the Bible, disqualify the Bible, lie about the Bible, and distort the Bible; and yet, 2,000 years later, people still believe in what it declares.
The Bible Has Changed the World for Good
The main hero of the Bible is Jesus Christ. No one has affected the civilizations more than this one single life. And where is the history of the life of Jesus told? In the Bible. It’s a book that has inspired millions to give their life for the cause.
I think as you do this apologetically, you probably could come up with a dozen different reasons why the Bible can be trusted. When you talk about the resurrection of Christ, it is an event that is historically proven if you approach it objectively. Some people have tried to deny the resurrection of Christ from a historical point of view, and they have ended up converted to Christianity precisely because of the consistency. These are just a few of the possible reasons we can trust the Bible.