This is probably the one question we should all ask. God is not opposed to our questions; he's very open to them. He's got nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of. And before we commit to the God of the Bible, and commit to following its precepts, we must ask ourselves this fundamental question. "Can we trust the Bible?"
In yesterday's message, we shared three pieces of evidence that point us towards the trustworthiness of scripture. We considered the fact that we have over 5,800 Greek New Testament Manuscripts that can help us get back to the original text itself, and that's only the Greek NT Manuscripts. We also have 10,000 Latin manuscripts and 9,300 manuscripts in various other ancient languages including Syriac, Slavic, Gothic, Ethiopic, Coptic and Armenian. And if that's not enough, scholar Dr. Bruce Metzger suggests that even if we lost all the Greek manuscripts and the early translations, we could still reproduce the contents of the New Testament from the multiplicity of quotations in commentaries, sermons, letters, and so forth of the early church fathers. By the way, Bruce Metzger was Dr. Bart Ehrman's professor at Princeton University. Bart Ehrman is the leading skeptic scholar we spoke about in our sermon yesterday. That's far more than we have of any other ancient document.
Second, we know that the New Testament authors were men who gave us accurate accounts of the stories they shared, by the standards of their time, because they weren't afraid to share embarrassing stories of themselves.
And finally, the preservation of scripture itself testifies to the power and authenticity of the Bible as God's word. Though many Kings, Emperors, and governments have attempted to destroy the Bibles we have in our hands, their kingdoms have faded into history, but the Bible remains.
So if our brothers and sisters of the past could work toward the preservation and language translations of the Bible, we can and should, see to it that the Bible is preserved for many more years to come. But, how can we do that? Simple. We need their level of commitment and devotion to scripture (see Acts 2:42). Your devotion to the Bible will make all the difference.
Psalm 119:11 says, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
Are you hiding God's word in your heart? Are you sharing God's word with others? If not, let's start today. And in faithfulness to God and to others who will come after us, let's work toward its continued preservation.
Click Here if you'd like to see my kid's manuscripts of John 13:1-10. Also, see how I recreated it, and see if you can do the same.
Have more questions? Check out this site - http://ehrmanproject.com