Bible+Theology

Can the Bible be Trusted?

As we continue this week in our Unsettling Questions teaching series, Charles Yu tackles the question, Can the Bible be Trusted?

As Charles reminds us, trusting the Bible has two important aspects:

  1. Believing what is written in the Bible corresponds to historical reality – thus the importance of archeology.
  2. Trusting the Bible also implies relying on the Bible in our day-to-day lives.

We want to provide you with further resources for both of these aspects of the question, Can the Bible be Trusted?

Historical reliability of the Bible

We have provided some helpful resources at the end of this post regarding the historical and archeological evidence for the Bible. Evidence for the trustworthiness of Scripture is also strengthened by the internal consistencies within the Bible.

Check out this short, but thoughtful response from Tim Keller (Author and Pastor, Redeemer Church) at a Veritas Forum event at Columbia University, entitled Why is the Bible Reliable?:

 

What does it mean to rely on the Bible

In his message, Charles challenges us that our trust of Scripture grows as we engage with it. How we engage with it is integrally connected to what we think the Bible is as a text. For a helpful and concise response to that question, we recommend this video from our friends at The Bible Project entitled (unsurprisingly), “What is the Bible?”:

 

At Blackhawk, we are all about people growing in their engagement with the Bible – wherever they are in their faith walk. Maybe you’re intrigued by the Bible but often find it challenging to read and understand. Perhaps you’ve been reading the Bible for a long time, but feel like you’re missing a more personal connection with God, or wrestling to see its relevance in life.

Come to Bible and Faith! 

On Saturday, October 13th, we will host a half-day Bible and Faith event at Brader Way with guest presenter Dr. George Guthrie, professor of New Testament at Regent College. Come join us as we explore understanding and interpreting the Bible and its impact on our lives through plenary sessions and breakouts including Blackhawk staff Charles Yu, Kayla March, and Craig Gartland. You can register online.

Resources:

There are a great many resources on the topic of the trustworthiness of the Bible. Here is one we encourage you to check out:

Can We Still Believe the Bible

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg

 

On the topic of archeology and the Bible, here are a few Charles Yu would point you toward:

Archaeology of the Land of the Bible: 10,000-586 B.C.E.by Amihai Mazar

The Archaeology of the Bible by James Hoffmeier

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament by John H. Walton

 

Lastly, here is a list of archeological finds– evidence that proves the existence of some of the kings of Israel and Judah.

Jehu (Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III 9th BC)
Joash (Tell Al-Rimah stela of Adad-Nirari III 9th BC)
Uzziah (Annals of Tiglath-Pileser III 8th BC)
Menahem (Annals of Tiglath-Pileser III 8th BC)
Pekah (Annals of Tiglath-Pileser III 8th BC)
Ahaz (Annals of Tiglath-Pileser III 8th BC)
Hoshea (Annals of Tiglath-Pileser III 8th BC)
Hezekiah (Annals of Tiglath-Pileser III 8th BC)
Manasseh (Prism B of Esarhaddon; Rassam Cylinder of Ashurbanipal 7th BC)
Jehoiachin (ration documents of Nebuchadnezzar 6th BC)

We know not everyone will have the same passion and interest around the archeological background of the Bible. We hope that everyone will be encouraged to grow in their trust of Scripture through their continued engagement with it – questions and all.

 


About the Author: Craig Gartland
Craig is Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Blackhawk and oversees Adult Ministries. He completed his Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and spent over two decades of his career in campus ministry. He is married to Sharon and they have four children. His passions include cycling, listening to jazz music, photography, and the writings of C.S. Lewis.