Tough Questions Answered

How Do You Know The Bible is Actually True? (Part 1)

The third question in our Tough Questions blog series gets down to crux of the matter: How do we know the Bible is actually true?

Sometimes the implication behind this question is that the Bible is either:

  • mythological like many other ancient documents,
  • just another religious text and no more true or false than any of those texts,
  • or that it’s just a book invented by men to further their agenda and false belief-system.

Bible Facts

Regardless of the motive behind the question, I think it’s important for all of us to consider these facts about the Bible:

  • It’s the only religious text claiming to be from God Himself. See 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:21.
  • The Bible was written over a span of 1500 years by 40 different authors from all walks of life (kings, peasants, fishermen, farmers, etc.). It was written in different times and places, including three different continents, and in three different languages, making the chance of a collusion theory impossible. Despite this vast diversity of human authorship as inspired by God, the Bible tells an all-encompassing and unfolding story of God redeeming fallen mankind out of His great love for them through the sacrifice of Himself. Even Moses was quick to recognize God as the covenant maker and giver of the Law rather than himself (Deuteronomy 5:1-5, 22). And consistently throughout the first five books that are attributed to Moses’ authorship, we see God speaking to the people through Moses.
  • It is the only religious text that reveals the love of Creator God for His creation and His desire for a relationship with His people. All other religion’s texts require its followers to earn God’s approval. Because of its divine nature, the Bible alone can truly give human beings purpose, instruction on living, and assurance for the life beyond this one.
  • No other book even comes close to the Bible. It is the world’s all-time best-seller. But more importantly is its influence on the world. People from different time periods, cultures, languages, socio-economic statuses, walks of life, and so on have read it and share the same testimony of changed lives through a personal relationship with God through Jesus.
  • God’s Word has survived in spite of many who have tried to discredit and destroy it. First written on papyrus, it was copied and re-copied by human hands over an extended amount of time. In spite of this lengthy process and countless copyists, there is an abundance of evidence to prove its accuracy.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”

Matthew 24:35

Because the validity of the Bible is such an important and over-arching question, it comes with a whole host of smaller questions, which will be addressed below.

But first, if you’ve missed the first two posts in the series, you can catch them at these links:


In order to fully answer this third question of how to know the Bible is actually true, we will look at the following:

  • historical and archaeological proof
  • geological proof
  • the proof of fulfilled prophecy
  • scientific accuracy
  • common criticisms against the Bible

Though I am by no means including all the evidence available for the accuracy of the Bible in this post, the vast amount of material requires splitting the post into two parts. Part 2 will post next week.

Validity of the Bible

How Do You Know the Bible is Actually True?

QUESTION 1: Is the Bible Historically/Archaeologically Accurate?

The answer is overwhelmingly yes! And the data in the Bible is historically attestable.

According to “The Bible has become a significant source book for secular archaeology, helping to identify such ancient figures as Sargon (Isaiah 20:1); Sennacherib (Isaiah 37:37); Horam of Gazer (Joshua 10:33); Hazar (Joshua 15:27); and the nation of the Hittites (Genesis 15:20). The biblical record, unlike other ‘scriptures,’ is historically set, opening itself up for testing and verification.”

Two of the greatest 20th-century archaeologists, William F. Albright and Nelson Glueck, both lauded the Bible (even though they were non-Christian and secular in their training and personal beliefs) as being the single most accurate source document from history. Over and over again, the Bible has been found to be accurate in its places, dates, and records of events. No other ‘religious’ document comes even close.”

The 19th-century critics used to deny the historicity of the Hittites, the Horites, the Edomites, and various other peoples, nations, and cities mentioned in the Bible. Those critics have long been silenced by the archaeologist’s spade, and few critics dare to question the geographical and ethnological reliability of the Bible.”

The names of over 40 different kings of various countries mentioned in the Bible have all been found in contemporary documents and inscriptions outside of the Old Testament, and are always consistent with the times and places associated with them in the Bible. Nothing exists in ancient literature that has been even remotely as well-confirmed in accuracy as has the Bible.”

Here’s more evidence for your consideration (NOTE: all Bible references link to the indicated passage on

That’s a Fact – Language Families from Institute for Creation Research on Vimeo.

QUESTION 2: Is There Geological Evidence to Support the Bible’s Accuracy?

Yes! Just one quick example (since the first question answer was so long)!

In the 19th century, the layers of various types of rock were believed to have been created over millions of years. But modern-day testing has revealed that these layers formed quickly, which is completely in line with the Biblical account of the great flood.

QUESTION 3: Have Prophecies In The Bible Really Come True?

The test of any prophecy’s validity has always been found in whether or not that prophecy is fulfilled. And to me, this is the greatest proof of the Bible’s truth.

Consider how difficult it is to predict what will happen tomorrow, much less hundreds of years in the future. Then consider that of all the fulfilled prophecies, none of them have ever been proved false. Not even one of the Old Testament prophecies has been left unfulfilled, even if that fulfillment took an unexpected form.

And, yes, it’s a fact that there are Biblical prophecies still unfulfilled. (Take the book of Revelation for example.) But because God has brought about so many Biblical prophecies, we can be assured that the prophecies of Revelation will also come to pass in His perfect timing!

Here’s just a smattering of all the Biblical prophecy that has come to pass:

Jesus Himself was prophetic in much of what is recorded in the books of the Gospel. To me, one of the most compelling prophecies made by Jesus is in how the world would treat His disciples. Consider the following words spoken by Jesus.

“You will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.” -Matthew 10:22

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.” -John 15:18-21

Persecution of and hatred towards Christians happens because we belong to Him. Consider the lives of innocent children beheaded by ISIS simply because their parents refused to deny Jesus. Think about folks who are denied jobs or promotions or who lose their jobs for taking a stand for Christ. Think about business owners and public officials who have been maligned and mistreated because of their faith.

If that isn’t prophecy fulfilled then I don’t know what is.

Bible critics are quick to say that fulfilled prophecy is actually just a case of the prophecy being written after the event had already happened. This isn’t founded in fact, but rather is based on their unwillingness to consider the truth because of their anti-supernatural bias.

Prophecy is real because God is real and speaks to His people. How sad that some are so stubborn, blinded, and deceived that they can’t accept what God says about His Word:

“I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done.”

Isaiah 46:9-10


How Do You Know The Bible Is Actually True? – Wrap-Up

My motive in writing this series was to help believers answer the tough questions of those who don’t believe and to hopefully reach those who doubt with the truth.

But a side benefit in my life has been a strengthening of my faith.

After all the work I’ve done on this post alone, you will never be able to convince me that the Bible isn’t 100% true!

In next week’s post we’ll look at the scientific accuracy of the Bible as well as common criticisms against God’s Word.

I want to finish out with this point: It’s okay to ask questions, and this is especially true about the Bible. As mentioned above, God’s Word has been held up to more scrutiny than any other book in the history of the world. And guess what? It remains standing!!!

For those reading this post who legitimately want to study and find the truth, I highly encourage you to do the following:

  • Study archaeological findings alongside the Bible.
  • Compare the Bible with scientific fact, careful not to mix in scientific theory.
  • Study how fulfilled Biblical prophecies line up with the Bible itself and also with history.
  • See if there are plausible explanations to supposed contradictions in the Bible.
  • Most importantly, try it out. Though the Christian lifestyle is very much one of faith, our Creator God is gracious and loving and willing to meet you where you are.

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8


(Note: Inclusion of these resources in no way means that I concur with their theological beliefs. They are simply included here for others to peruse in their search for truth.)

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2 thoughts on “How Do You Know The Bible is Actually True? (Part 1)”

  1. Thank you for some wonderful Biblical tools to use when reaching out to those searching, even though they may not know they are reaching out. I hope you don’t mind if I reach out to my Bible Study group to let them know about this. I will encourage them to look you up and ask you about your tools. I will not give them your beautiful words but let them go to you directly. Let me know if you would rather I not share with them. Thanks again and many blessings to you! Trish

    PS – I have read your “Crossroads” and loved it.


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    1. Hi Trish. I’m so grateful that you would find the post worthy of sharing! So please feel free to share it with whomever you wish. My prayer is that it will be of help to many. That is why I took the time to research and write it! 🙂 (I don’t even have a problem with you copying, pasting, and printing the article…) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, and I’m glad you enjoyed Crossroads! Blessings, Cathy


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