Defending Your Faith Part One: The Authenticity of The Bible

From the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden, the Serpent questioned the authenticity of the Word of God. He questioned whether God really said, ‘Do not eat this fruit,’ and Eve was could not successfully defend her faith. Today, it is no different. All over the world, many skeptics question the authenticity of the Word of God. From political leaders to other religious believers to the men and women educating our young people, the idea that the Bible has been changed is a mainstream belief. They often argue for the validity of every other Historical book except for the Bible. This often leaves many believers unable to defend their faith.

As a Christian, it is more important now than ever before to be able to defend your faith. The most often used claim that the Bible is not trustworthy is that they say it has been changed several times. But is that true? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes and teaches us how we can defend our faith in his latest message, Defending Your Faith Part One: The Authenticity of The Bible.

1 Peter 3:15
Genesis 3:1
Genesis 2: 4, 7-9, 15-18
2 Peter 1:16–18
1 John 1: 1-5a
Acts 22: 4-10
2 Peter 1:19–21
2 Peter 3: 15-16
Luke 10:31,32
Revelation 1:5
1 Thessalonians 2:7
Mark 9:39
John 20:24-29

The Authenticity of the Bible

Historical Books vs. The Bible

Let’s talk about other historical books and names. We talk with much finesse and confidence and historical figures while we treat the Bible as though it has no historical evidence and/or has been changed multiple times. Here are some comparisons between Historical Books and the Bible that you can use to defend your faith.

    1. Plato – Everything we know about him is contained in a total of 7 manuscripts
    2. Caesar – Total of 10 manuscripts
    3. Tacitus – A total of 20 manuscripts
    4. Aristotle – A total of 49 manuscripts
    5. Homer’s Illad – Has whopping 634 manuscripts
    6. The Original Greek New Testament Biblical manuscript – Has either in full, or in part 5,795 Greek manuscripts
      • Other manuscripts that support the N.T. base – Includes the Syriac, Latin, Coptic, and Aramaic languages number over 24,000
      • Total Biblical manuscripts – 24,633 manuscripts in all

We have 24k more manuscripts than the closest one. Not only that but the entire New Testament was written within 70 years of the actual events. This means that a lot of the eyewitnesses were still alive and could have disputed the stories and facts about Jesus. But surprisingly, none did.

Yet, it’s the most disputed and considered the most unreliable. Even though they have been proven to be highly preserved the authenticity of the Bible is constantly being questioned. You must ask yourself why? Why is the authenticity of the Bible being questioned but no other historical book or text?

14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

1 Peter 3:14-15

As Peter tells us, we must always be ready to defend our faith. We may not have been there when all of these things recorded in the Bible took place, but Jesus said, blessed is the one who believes and has not actually seen. The truth is, it’s through faith that we are saved. You don’t have to worry, the same God who spoke the world into being is the same God who preserves His own word. Jesus is the Word that became flesh; therefore, His word cannot be corrupted.

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