The Bible – Is It True?

Throughout all the times that I have “debated” with other people, I find myself using the Scripture to support my arguments. But, then, they would come around and say that the Bible is just a book with some good moral codes – e.g. the Decalogue – and the rest of the book is just a bunch of fairy tales to keep us entertained.
No, that is not true. Every word in the Bible is true and will remain true. Matt. 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
So, what I would like to do is to write a three part essay – as fast as I can – that will use the evidence of science, history (and archaeological), and prophecies to prove that the Bible is, indeed, true.
During this time, I also encourage you to post up any questions regarding the Bible. You can do so on the comment sections of any of this three essays.
I will answer all of this once I am finished with these three essays.
Stay tuned then, and even let your friends read this essays if they have asked you questions regarding the validity of the Bible. One more thing, if possible, it would be extremely helpful if you helped spread the word of this upcoming essays!

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20 thoughts on “The Bible – Is It True?

    • Thank you for your question. I will reply to it once I am done with all three essays. However, I am wondering, you do know that there is only the book called “Judges” right? There is no “1 Judges.”

      • I know, but apparently my spastic, old, left little finger didn’t, and added 1Judges, not 1 Judges. Include late night failure to proofread before clicking the “post” button, and the impossibility to edit, after doing so, and…. At least, you didn’t respond with, “Your an idiot!”
        I have 70 or 80 other Bible questions/comments if you’d like to use a lifeline.

        • Ah…I see…Well, I don’t like being called “idiot” and stuff, so I don’t call other people that too.
          Haha…tell you what, go ahead and post up another two questions, and if by the end of my second essay, there is not another three questions by other people, then go ahead and post up another 3!

    • It was actually Judah who couldn’t drive out the inhabitants of the valley. They blamed their failure on the “LORD”. It’s what men have always done: they attribute everything that they can’t understand to an invisible man in the sky that they’ve made in their own image. The book of Judges was written by a man who interpreted the occurrences in his own understanding of them — the way the whole bible was written.

      • Finally, a voice, crying in the wilderness, speaking words I take to be true and honest. Of COURSE they blame their failures on The Lord, or anything else handy.
        The size of the bundles of ego and insecurity in far too many “Good Christians” is just awe-inspiring, if fearful. The fact that many of them don’t know what they’re talking about doesn’t stop them from prating.
        The heat raised over the mention of Magic, in the FICTIONAL, Harry Potter series of books was sadly amusing. That they would be superstitiously gullible enough to believe in actual magic, and arrogantly dismissive enough to claim that, if God created magic, and they were his representatives on Earth, and could not perform it, then it must be the work of the Devil.
        It didn’t seem to occur to them, that, like the Smothers Brothers, “God always liked you best!” 😀 😉

        • I thought the forces of good were supposed to be greater than the forces of evil. If you are on the side of God then you should have nothing to fear. Why then do Christians tremble at the thought of the Devil’s power? And doesn’t the bible even say that “there is no power but of God”? If this is so, then the power they fear is of God, and the power is against them! What’s more is the Devil has no power (especially since he doesn’t even exist). So he can only have power over you if you believe in him.

          • That is a very good point that you raise. Why do Christians continue to fear evil? Some do, some do not. Jesus called described Peter as “O, thou of little faith.” Ultimately, that is a question you have to personally ask each one. Why doubt?
            P.S. 2 Peter 1:20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
            21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

            • You can make the bible mean anything you want it to mean. There is nothing to indicate that Judah had a lack of faith in this instance. But since you assume that the bible is true, you assume that there was something wrong with Judah and not the “LORD” that he couldn’t drive out the inhabitants of the valley. You assume that since he is perfect, the only other option is that there was something wrong with Judah. However, there is no indication that this was the case. The reality is that the man who wrote this story was writing according to the way that he saw it, not being moved by God.

              You can make the bible mean anything you want it to when you don’t like what it actually says. The fact of the matter is that the bible is not inerrant since it was written by imperfect men. If the bible were actually written by God there wouldn’t be any imperfections, inconsistencies, contradictions, or fabrications that are innumerable.

              And if it were really the perfect word of God from its conception, he would have maintained its perfection throughout all time — this obviously is not the case. And even if it were perfect when it was at first written down, then why is it that we don’t have even one original manuscript, we have no idea who actually wrote them, when they were written or even where? It’s because there were men that didn’t like what was originally written, changed it or had it changed and destroyed the originals to preserve their religion.

              But even so, all Christian religions are divided and a divided religion is no religion at all. The reason for the divisions is not the Devil, but the fact that all religious persons have a different interpretation of what the bible actually means. And the reason that there are so many different interpretations is that the bible itself is so vague, inconsistent and contradictory. A book like this could in no way be the creation of a perfect god.

  1. There is no way that Jesus can be God and the Messiah at the same time. The Messiah, according to messianic prophecy, had to be a flesh and blood descendant of King David and King Solomon through the lineage of kings. That would necessitate Joseph to be Jesus’ biological father. Therefore, Mary wasn’t a virgin — that makes the virgin birth story a forgery, not to mention a contradiction.

    • When you say “Messianic Prophecy” you are kinda being very vague. Because, these prophecies said that Jesus would be of virgin birth, from the tribe of Judah, born in Bethlehem, etc…
      So, to make it easier for me to answer, where are the verses that show, without a doubt, that Jesus had to be a flesh and blood descendant.

      • I’m speaking of specifically 2 passages: 2 Samuel 7:12-16 and 1Chron 28:4-8.
        “I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.”. The word used to translate into seed was literally “sperm”. And “out of thy bowels”, obviously means from his physical body. The only genealogy that was of the line of kings was the one in Matthew. Also Solomon was of the lineage in Matthew. The Messiah was to come from the royal blood line. The lineage in Luke is not royal blood line.

        So for Jesus to be the Messiah, Joseph would have had to be Jesus’ biological father. Therefore, Mary couldn’t possibly have been a virgin at Jesus’ birth, and this passage could only have been a forgery (unless Jesus wasn’t really the Messiah).

        • The lineage in Luke is completely different from the one in Matthew. Some say that it was this lineage that was Mary’s, however this cannot be since 1) Mary’s father’s name was Joaquim who was a Levite priest; 2) Mary’s mother was the sister of Elisabeth who the bible tells us was a Levite; 3) Eli died childless according to history and Jacob, Joseph’s father married Eli’s wife, who was Joseph’s mother; 4) Solomon wasn’t in the genealogy in Luke but in Matthew.

          • Thank you for clarifying. So, let me clarify on my part – are you now asking me two questions? 1)Why Luke’s and Matthew’s genealogies differ, and, 2)Whether Jesus really was the Messiah, based on the fact that he was not technically of the line of David?

            • Answer: 1) I am NOT asking you why or if the genealogies differ. I am merely stating the obvious facts. The author purposely intends to show that Jesus was a direct, flesh and blood descendant of David and Solomon in the lineage depicted in Matthew. 2) I am NOT asking you whether or not Jesus was the Messiah. I am stating that, according to the lineage in Matthew, he WAS a flesh and blood descendant of David and Solomon. However, he was NOT a flesh and blood descendant from the lineage given in Luke.

  2. Messianic prophecies cited: 2 Samuel 7:12-16 and 1Chron 28:4-8.
    Genealogy of Matthew: Mat 1:6,7; Mat 1:16
    Genealogy of Luke: Luc 3:23-38
    Contradiction/Forgery: Mat 1:18-25

  3. Eli died childless: Eusebius* of Caesarea, Historia Ecclesiae, 1:7:11, 1:7:13-14
    Mary’s aunt was a Levite: Luc 1:5

    *Eusebius was the church’s greatest historian who also was given the charge by Constantine to make a list of the books to be contained in the New Testament.

  4. The following is the reason for the 2 different genealogies of Jesus and why the genealogy in Luke couldn’t be Mary’s:

    “Matthan, who was descended from Solomon, begat Jacob. And when Matthan was dead, Melchi, who was descended from Nathan begat Eli by the same woman. Eli and Jacob were thus uterine brothers. Eli having died childless, Jacob raised up seed to him, begetting Joseph, his own son by nature, but by law the son of Eli. Thus Joseph was the son of both.” (Eusebius of Caesarea, Historia Ecclesiae, 1:7:11, 1:7:13-14)

    Jacob was Joseph’s flesh and blood father, Eli was Joseph’s father according to the law and Eli’s widow was Joseph’s mother.

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