WHY CAN I TRUST THE BIBLE?
40 Days In The Word – Part 1
Pastor Mark Schwarzbauer
Family Worship Center January 31, 2012
Intro: Welcome 40Days in the Word – with 4500 churches!
o The heart of 40DITW – 6 Small Group Studies
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o 6 WEEKEND MESSAGES
2. Foundation - What is the Purpose of the Bible?
3. Illumination - How can I see what God wants me to see?
4. Interpretation - How do I know what it means?
5. Integration - How do I integrate God’s Word into my life? work, family,
6. Application - How can I USE God’s Word effectively?
make decisions, defeat temptation, help others, comfort
TODAY: INSPIRATION: Why can I trust the Bible?
Intro: The most read book in the world
2 TIM. 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man
of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
INSPIRATION = θεόπνευστος Theo pneustos God Breathed
Time magazine cover- “How true is the Bible?” “Is the Bible fact or fiction?”
PS.119:86 “All of your commands can be trusted” NCV
How do I know this?
Today we answer with …
I CAN TRUST THE BIBLE BECAUSE…
1. IT IS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE!
A. Not just doctrinally .. but every other area too! Why? God CANNOT LIE!
B. HEB. 6:18 “It is impossible for God to lie!”
C. PS. 33:4 “The Word of the Lord is right and true.”
1. Most of the Bible is from eyewitness accounts
2. Archeology always confirms the Bible eventually
3. The Scriptures have been copied with extreme care!
2. IT IS SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE!
A. The Bible wasn’t given to be a science textbook. Doesn’t use scientific
language but it never gives bad science!
B. FACT: always ahead of contemporary views!
C. J. Kepler (astronomer) “Science is thinking God’s thoughts after him!’
D. Reason its accurate: The Laws of the Universe are God’s Laws!
E. So he understands them even when we don’t!
F. PS.148:5-6 (NLT) Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for he
issued his command, and they came into being. He established them forever
and forever. His orders will never be revoked.”
G. TRUTH: Science constantly changes! Obsolete. Medical views…
H. Paris Louvre Library- 3 ½ miles of old science books – almost all obsolete!
I. 1861 French Academy of Science-
“51 Incontrovertible Scientific Facts that prove the Bible is Wrong”
Today- all 51 facts have been proven wrong by SCIENCE!
J. Adrian Rogers “When a scientist agrees with the Bible, it doesn’t increase my
trust in the Bible. It just raises my opinion of that scientist!
K. The Bible doesn’t teach the false views of the time like the earth being flat.
1. For 1000s of yrs everyone believed The earth was flat!
Yet, 2,600 yrs ago Isaiah said
ISA.40:22 “God is enthroned above the sphere of the earth”
2. For 1000’s of years everyone believed The earth has to be held up!
Greeks: A giant named Atlas… (but NOT in the Bible).
Hindus : Giant Elephants held up earth their backs (elephants moved it
caused earthquakes) , they stand on the back of giant turtle, on a giant
serpent swimming in a sea. (Not true so NOT in Bible).
Egyptians: Earth is held up by 5 pillars (Not in Bible).
Moses “schooled in the wisdom of the Egyptians” Yet none in Bible!
JOB 26:7 (Oldest Biblical writing) (NLT) “God stretches the sky over
empty space and hangs the earth on nothing!”
3. People believed… The number of stars could be counted
150 BC – Hipparchus announced 1,022 stars in the universe!
150 AD – Ptolemy concluded 1,026 (found 4 more)
2,600 yrs ago JER. 33:22 : “The number of stars are infinite”
4. Too much blood made you sick. “Must bleed people to keep them
A. Science didn’t know until 1628 that blood circulates!
B. TODAY: We GIVE people blood to help them get well!
C. From Hippocrates on for 2,000 yrs- science taught HUMORALISM
all illness& temperament caused by 4 Body Fluids: BILE BILE
LEV. 17:11 (NLT) “The LIFE of every creature is IN its blood!”
5. 25% of all Europe died of bubonic plague in Middle Ages
They didn’t know the value of quarantining the sick!
But Long before science discovered germs, God said…
LEV.13:4 (NLT) "…Put an infected person in quarantine for seven
The Bible is always scientifically accurate and always ahead of science.
6. PR. 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless.”
7. PS. 12:6 “The words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a
furnace of clay and purified seven times!”
3. IT IS PROPHETICALLY ACCURATE!
The Bible has predicted 1000s of events that happened just as God said!
Over 300 about Messiah- where & how he’d be born, die - CROSS
A. 2 PET. 1:21 “No prophecy ever originated from humans. Instead, it was
given by the Holy Spirit as humans spoke under God's direction.” GW
B. MT. 26:56 “But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as
recorded in the Scriptures." NLT
C. REV. 22:6 “The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true.
The Lord …sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place."
4. IT IS THEMATICALLY UNIFIED
One unified message! Next wk- we’ll talk about that unified theme
What’s so amazing about that?
The Bible is one book made up of 66 books written
by over 40 different authors - over a period of 1,600 years!
in over a dozen countries on 3 different continents!
in at least 3 different languages
by people from all walks of life!
Farmers & kings, soldiers & shepherds, princes & priests,
historians, fisherman, tax collectors, scholars, businessmen, MD
caves, ships, palaces, prisons, deserts
COULDN’T GET A MORE DIVERSE GROUP over 1600 yrs.
yet they make one book with one story without contradiction.
LK. 24:27 “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to
them what was said in ALL the Scriptures concerning himself.”
The theme of the entire Bible is God’s plan of redemption!
The star of the story is Jesus. You can see him in every book!
JN. 5:39 "You search the Scriptures because you believe they give you
eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!”
5. IT IS CONFIRMED BY JESUS (TOM)
A. MT. 5:18 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth
disappear, not the smallest letter not the least stroke of a pen will
disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished!”
B. JOHN 10:35 “Scripture is always true.”
C. Jesus believed in the prophets, Noah, Adam and Eve, Sodom and
Gomorrah, and Jonah.
6. IT HAS SURVIVED ALL ATTACKS
The most despised, derided, denied disputed, dissected, debated, outlawed &
destroyed book ever!
YET STILL THE BEST SELLING, MOST READ
Source of more great ART, MUSIC & ARCHITECTURE
MT. 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Voltaire “Within 100 yrs the Bible will be forgotten”
His home became headquarters for French Bible Society
1 PET. 1:24-25 “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord
ILL; Gravity- You don’t break God’s laws… they break you
7. IT HAS TRANSFORMING POWER
Nothing can change lives like the Bible! Your life has been changed by it!
JN.8:31-32 Jesus said “If you continue in my Word, then you are my
disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make
WHY IS THE AUTHORITY& INERRANCY OF GOD’S WORD IMP?
THE BIG Q: WHAT WILL BE THE AUTHORITY FOR MY LIFE?
The World or the Word? GOD or ME? How’s that working for you
ROM. 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but
be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test
and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
PRAYER: Dear God, from this day forward, I will accept the Bible as your
flawless Word to me and I will make it the Final Authority for my life- even when
I don’t understand it, it is not popular, it is not easy, or I don’t like it. You are God
and I am not. Thank you for loving me enough to speak to me through your
Word. Thank you that you are not silent! I want to LOVE your word, LEARN your
word, and LIVE your Word.
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”