Are they authentic? Are they really written by Moses, the prophets, and apostles? And is the Bible a reliable, historical record? These are questions that deserve an answer. First of all, the documents of the New Testament, for example, are authentic. If we were to judge these writings by the standards used to judge any historical document, there would be no doubt. They are authentic. It is interesting that we have little doubt about the authenticity of Shakespeare’s plays. But, did you know we can pin down who wrote what in the New Testament better than we know for sure what Shakespeare wrote in his plays? You see, the problem is not with the evidence surrounding the manuscripts of the Bible. The problem is that most people come to the Bible with such a strong bias against it that they will not look at the evidence. The documents that talk about Jesus and the letters of Paul are authentic.
But what about their reliability? Are these books and letters biased accounts that are unreliable? Well, take the Gospel of Luke as an example. Here is a little book that gives names of kings and governors. It talks about Roman history. It names places and events. And when you examine this data, it all holds up. There are no errors in history or geography. And what about the other Gospels like Matthew, Mark, and John. One of the very interesting things is, that when these people talk about themselves, they let it all hang out. They talk about how they doubted Jesus, disbelieved his power, and finally denied him. These men don’t cover up anything. This is an indication of honesty.
And so, there is little reason to doubt what these authors say. Then, we should also believe their testimony about Jesus. To help you understand this better, click here and listen to “Proving the Bible is the Word of God.”