Is the Bible accurate and can it be trusted?
Many people, even Christians, doubt the truth and accuracy of the Bible and believe it is full of errors and contradictions. Few people read the Bible, so they don’t know what it says, and depend on others to tell them. Many churches teach that the Bible has some good moral teaching but isn’t very accurate because it has been re-copied so many times. They teach that you really shouldn't take it seriously. Even those who do read the Bible often find it confusing and difficult to understand.
The reality is that with a little additional study of history, culture, prophecy and archaeology, the Bible proves itself to be reliable, understandable and contains eternal truth. My hope is that this website / blog will encourage believers to grow in faith and to ask skeptics to take another look at the Bible from a new perspective.
Is there absolute truth, or is all truth relative?
I believe that there is absolute truth and that the Bible is our only guide on earth to finding it. All other religions and philosophies reflect human attempts to find and interpret truth, to find and reach God. The Bible is the only book that shows God reaching out to us and showing us His truth.
I believe it is possible to show that the Bible is inspired, true, reliable and accurate. If it is all those things, isn’t it of utmost importance to know what it says?
I believe the Word of God is a living thing. I have learned new and wonderful things each time I read it, even when I re-read familiar passages. This is true for all born again believers because they are being instructed by the Holy Spirit. It is important to be in prayer daily when studying the Bible and not rely on your own understanding.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. -- Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. -- Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
I am not an expert on the Bible. I do not have any advanced degrees. I have been fortunate to study the Bible under some amazing teachers of Bible history, archaeology and prophecy. I have lived in the Middle East and visited many archaeological sites mentioned in the Bible throughout Israel, Egypt and Jordan.
When I find some new information about the Bible that makes it come alive for me, I collect it. I love to share these discoveries. I do not consider myself a Bible teacher, just a collector and a passionate explainer. -- Beth S.