How can one book written by so many people be reliable?
The Bible was written over many hundreds of years. There were many authors, from kings to prophets to ordinary working people. Some are books of collected wise sayings, others poetry and others collections of eye witness accounts of important events.
It is not surprising that you might wonder if such a diverse book can be relied upon as truth. After all, one book in the local library doesn’t claim to have anything in common with another one on a different shelf, or in a different section. How can you say that an apparently random selection of books form a text you should live your life by?
Christians claim the Bible is different. They do not see the Old Testament as simply ancient writings with little in common with the New Testament. They see it as giving a vital clue to who Jesus is. The Old Testament is full of hundreds of prophecies or prediction about a ‘Messiah’ or ‘Anointed One.’ The Messiah was somebody sent by God to bring his salvation and love to earth. Christians believe that these prophecies came true in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
One such prophecy can be found in Psalm 22. This song is particularly interesting because King David wrote it in about 1000 years BC, and it accurately describes crucifixion, the way Jesus died – even before the Romans were on the scene and had invented it! Matthew’s gospel records Jesus himself singing the words of this Psalm from the cross (Matthew 27:45-46). The odds of one person being able to do this are staggering. For Christians it suggests that, far from being a random collection of books with a similar theme, the books in the Bible are linked together into one big story – evidence to support the belief that it was inspired by God himself.Bookmark