2 Peter 1:19–21 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation…… 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 1. What do we mean when we say the “Bible”? Revelation is a theater term from Latin: revēlātiō - to draw back the curtain 2 Timothy 3:16–17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. Jeremiah 1:9–10 Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” Matthew 5:18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Luke 16:16 “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 1 Timothy 5:18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” quotes (Deuteronomy 25:4 & Luke 10:7) 2 Peter 3:15–16 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. They knew that Peter and John and James and Paul were not ordinary men, or foolish and fallible first century Christians whose teaching was nothing but their own opinion which could be set aside if one did not happen to like it. – John Stott Christians do not believe the Bible is something they chose, but rather, it is something they received. 2. Is the Bible reliable? The integrity of ANY ancient writing is determined by the number of documented manuscripts or fragments of manuscripts we have to examine. 10 good manuscripts of Caesar’s Gallic Wars 10 good manuscripts of Caesar’s Gallic Wars. The oldest is dated 900 years AFTER Caesar’s time. 10 good manuscripts of Caesar’s Gallic Wars. The oldest is dated 900 years AFTER Caesar’s time. No historian has serious doubts about Caesar or the integrity of the text. Less than 10 manuscripts of Plato’s writings. Less than 10 manuscripts of Plato’s writings. Oldest is dated 1400 years AFTER Plato’s time. Less than 10 manuscripts of Plato’s writings. Oldest is dated 1400 years AFTER Plato’s time. No historian has questions Plato’s writing’s or attributing the words to him. OVER 5000 hand written manuscripts in Greek alone supporting the New Testament. OVER 5000 hand written manuscripts in Greek alone supporting the New Testament. The oldest is date less than 100 years AFTER the original writing. OVER 5000 hand written manuscripts in Greek alone supporting the New Testament. The oldest is date less than 100 years AFTER the original writing. Single most well documented ancient text there is! Born of a women (Genesis 3:15) Born of the line of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3) Born through the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10) Born as a son of David (2 Samuel 7:12-13) Born in the City of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) Born of a Virgin (Isaiah 7:14) Sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:13) Silent when accused (Isaiah 53) Would suffer and die for our sins (Isaiah 53) Would be crucified (Psalm 22:16) Would be killed around 33AD (Daniel 9:24-26) Rise from the dead (Psalm 16:11; Psalm 2:7-8) 3. But the real question is this: Did the events Bible says happened, really happen? Even to this day, the most recent of archeological discoveries continue to produce material that does nothing but confirm scripture at point after point. - Joseph Free The Bible is written is various literary forms: narrative, poetry, parables, allegory, symbolism, metaphors and similes, satire, and hyperbole. The Bible is written is various literary forms: narrative, poetry, parables, allegory, symbolism, metaphors and similes, satire, and hyperbole. Therefore, a correct understanding is more critical than a literal understanding. Revelation 1:13–16 And in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters…… 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. The Bible is a book of revelation, not a text book or scientific journal. The Bible is a book of revelation, not a text book or scientific journal. It reveals first and foremost God’s love for us and His plan for redeeming lost humanity. On matters of Faith & Spiritual truth the Bible is authoritative. On matters of Faith & Spiritual truth the Bible is authoritative. On matters of historical events the Bible is factual. On matters of Faith & Spiritual truth the Bible is authoritative. On matters of historical events the Bible is factual. On matters of science the Bible is accurate. Can you trust the Bible? Yes, it is not intellectually tenuous to trust the Bible. It’s what you do with it that matters.