The Bible is really not your average book. For a start it is more like a library with a range of genres. There are narratives, poems, letters, songs and much more. It has also been written over thousands of years by around 40 different authors! I think it’s safe to say that the Bible is truly something special.
The Word of God
Christians believe the Bible is the word of God. You have probably heard this before but what does this really mean? Does this mean that God himself has taken pen to paper and written the Bible as the ultimate guide to life and salvation? This would be amazing but it’s not quite like that. The Bible has actually been written by people but inspired by God. The Bible itself claims that all that is written within it has come from God.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
This verse is talking about all Scripture, meaning the Old Testament and the New Testament books of the Bible. So according to the Bible we should believe that everything in it has come from God. As Christians, the Bible is a key part of our faith. What is written in the Bible is important to us and it is where our main beliefs have come from. So, do Christians believe that the Bible is 100% accurate?
What does accurate mean?
I think to really get to the bottom of how accurate the Bible is we first have to know what we mean when we use the word accurate.
According to the dictionary, the word accurate can mean a few things:
- Faithfully representing or describing the truth
- Showing a negligible or permissible deviation from a standard: an accurate ruler
- Without error; precise; meticulous
So in summary, accuracy is about always being as truthful as possible without mistakes.
Is this something that can be said of the Bible?
Is the Bible true?
I don’t think the Bible tells us every fact about every subject in life but I do believe that everything it does talk about is true. This has to take into account the context, like when something was written and whom it was written to.
The Bible is also one of the most historically accurate books of all time. This is not just an opinion held by Christians but also opinion by leading academics. Time and time again Biblical accounts have been closely studied in its original historical context and have been proven to be true. This gives me great confidence in the Bible.
Does the Bible have mistakes?
If you believe that the Bible is the word of God then it wouldn’t make sense to also believe that the Bible has mistakes. The Bible is inspired by God and therefore I trust it to be true.
I know all too well that the Bible is not always easy to understand but this does not mean it is full of mistakes, therefore making it untrue. The main point and purpose of the Bible is to reveal God’s salvation plan, which is fulfilled in Jesus. Sometimes things in the Bible don’t make sense right away but this should not stop us from believing. Instead we should investigate further and look for the truth in what is being said.