Why believe the Bible? If you have read all the articles in this series prior to this one, you have now seen all the proof you need to of how the Bible defends itself. It claims that the Words contained within its pages are nothing other than pure revelations from our Creator and Father God.
You, the readers, are the jury. You must decide for yourselves if the testimony which you’ve heard is trustworthy information. You will not debate as a group to decide a verdict upon the Bible. The word of God will stand whether you believe it or not (I Peter 1:25). But if you as an individual determine that the Bible has told the truth, that acknowledgement may change your life forever.
We have heard the testimony of the spokesmen of God. They all declare and provide proof that the Bible is fully God’s word and, as such, it is pure and trustworthy.
Every word of God is pure. – Proverbs 30:5, KJV
The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. You shall keep them, O Lord, you shall preserve them from this generation forever. – Psalms 12:6,7, NKJV
God preserved His word for our generation. The Bible is for us today, passed down from the original untainted manuscripts of the spokesmen of God themselves–then translated into the languages necessary for each of us to understand.
Now, after hearing the testimony of scripture after scripture, do you believe that the Bible is true or false? Have you received enough proof? Would you accuse the prophets and apostles of committing perjury? You do have a right to choose.
If you find no reason to doubt what you’ve heard, what does that mean to your life? Can you put complete faith in God as a result of this “hearing”? The Bible teaches that faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).
No one can really believe in the true God without first believing what He caused to be written in the Bible. So if you now believe the Bible, take the next step and have faith in God.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6, NKJV
So if we believe the Bible, we must listen to what the prophets and apostles have told us–if we care anything about our eternal souls.
Jehoshaphat, one of the ancient kings of Judah, said to his people, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” (II Chronicles 20:20, NKJV)
The apostle Peter told his readers “that you should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandments of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior” (II Peter 3:2, WEB).
And lastly, John said in the opening statements of The Book Of The Revelation, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.” (1:3, NKJV)
If we believe what the prophets and apostles have written, then we believe in God. We just have to make it personal (see "How the Holy Ghost possesses you"). If we believe that the Bible is truly the words of God, we have to enter into a relationship with God on His terms. That means we have to acknowledge who Jesus Christ is and recognize Him as the only way to be reconciled to our Creator because of our sinful-born natures. That is what the apostles of the New Testament said, which means that is what God says.
What have you decided?
If you haven't read this series from the beginning, please go here: Why believe the Bible, Introduction