Questions about the Bible

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Questions about the Bible

‘The Bible is so old, it must have been changed over the years.’

‘People believed in different things years ago. Nowadays, with the advances in science, we know better.’

‘The Bible is full of contradictions. You can’t trust it.’

‘Why are there so many different translations of the Bible?’

‘Why do some Bibles have more books in them than others?’

These are all important points and questions to consider when thinking about the Bible. Parts of the Bible are 3000 years old, written in a completely different language to ours and set in a very different culture.

Over the years, archaeologists, historians and scientists have studied Biblical stories, looking for evidence of its claims in the world we can see today. Some of these studies have returned interesting results, with the Biblical accounts shedding light on otherwise unaccounted-for events. However, it is important to remember that the Bible itself is a diverse text written for a number of different purposes. Understanding when and why each book was written goes towards answering some of the questions the text raises. This is what theologians have sought to do for centuries to answer the biggest question of all: Can we trust the Bible?

In this section, you will find articles on some of these big questions around the Bible: archaeological evidence for some of the stories found in the Bible; perspectives on the accounts of miracles; information about the way the Bible has been translated over the centuries; and the place of the Bible in an age of science.

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The Apocrypha

Why do some Bibles have more books than others?

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The Apocrypha

Why do some Bibles have more books than others?

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At the beginning of the 5th century AD (400s), an early Christian scholar, Jerome, was given the job of translating all the books of the Bible into one common language, Latin. Amongst these books was a collection that Jerome did not believe had the same […]

Bible Translations

Why has the Bible been translated into many languages?

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Bible Translations

Why has the Bible been translated into many languages?

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At the end of Jesus’ time on earth he gave his disciples a job to do. This job has become known as the ‘Great Commission’ and throughout history the Christian church has believed that every new generation should also take on the same task: ‘Therefore […]

Miracles

Did they really happen?

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Miracles

Did they really happen?

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Whether miracles really happened or not is, for Christians, a case of faith and trust in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and in the Bible as ‘God’s word’. The miracles are important to the whole Bible story. They are there to […]

Old Testament miracles

Did miracles really happen in the Old Testament?

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Old Testament miracles

Did miracles really happen in the Old Testament?

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When people talk about miracles in the Bible, they might automatically think about Jesus. But the Bible is full of miracles performed by other people sent by God, throughout both the Old and the New Testaments. These stories of miracles were written to help God’s people […]

Miracles

What is a miracle?

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Miracles

What is a miracle?

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The dictionary states that a miracle is: ‘A surprising or welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agent.’ Do miracles still happen today? What does the Bible say about miracles? […]

Is the Bible reliable?

Can it be trusted?

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Is the Bible reliable?

Can it be trusted?

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The question of whether or not the Bible is reliable is a fairly important one. Christians say it is God’s word given to humankind for all time. They base their lives on its stories and teaching. If the Bible is reliable it adds weight to […]

Bible evidence

Is the Bible historically accurate?

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Bible evidence

Is the Bible historically accurate?

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One of the biggest questions about the Bible is simply: is it true? This article looks at some of the historical evidence for the Bible’s reliability. “Not only is there the evidence of changed lives that makes the Bible believable but archaeology and other historical […]