Christians go around saying things like this:
- The Bible is God’s word.
- The Bible gives us God’s guidance.
- The Bible tells us how we ought to live.
Make those sorts of claims, and someone is going start asking how you know. How can trust the Bible?
A member of my church expressed this issue perfectly. She put it this way:
“Not having been raised as a Christian…I have difficulty…understanding how so many different stories, written by so many different people, were agreed upon and chosen by a select few people who lived almost 2,000 years ago and then suppressed, subverted, and translated in so many ways over the years can be considered 100% accurate, true, and contextually relevant.”
You may have the same concern. When someone voices this question, a lot of Christians, certainly pastors, start getting fidgety. Some seem to suspect that Christianity will start falling apart if the Bible is questioned too closely. Yet, if you’re committed to looking honestly at the Bible, this is the sort of question you have to face.