The Good Book = The Bible
Well then, what is THE Bible? The Bible is inspired by God and is the account of God’s action in the world and His purpose with all creation. The writing of the Bible took place over sixteen centuries and is the work of over forty human authors. It is an amazing collection of 66 books with very different styles all containing the message God desired us to have.
One of the greatest miracles of the Bible is its unity. The 66 books of the Bible were written over an estimated 1,500 years on three continents in three languages by about 40 different people who, in most cases, had never met. Their education and background varied greatly. Yet the 66 books maintain an amazing consistency and harmony with each other.
Why is the Bible is true and not a bunch of fables? Another astounding reality is the accuracy of scientific statements made in the Bible, even before scientists had “discovered” these things. Just a few examples: the roundness of the earth is mentioned in Isaiah 40:22, atmospheric circulation in Ecclesiastes 1:6, the hydrologic cycle in Ecclesiastes 1:7, the law of increasing entropy in Psalm 102:25-27, the importance of blood in life processes in Leviticus 17:11, gravitational field in Job 26:7…Some interesting additional reading is this outside source “The Universe Confirms the Bible“.
There is also incredible historical accuracy found in the Bible. Archaeology has shown the events, places, and people are consistent with history. Archaeological evidence demonstrates the historical and cultural accuracy of the Bible. Archaeological findings demonstrate that the Biblical prophets accurately predicted events hundreds of years before they occurred, something that lies beyond the capability of people. The Dead Sea Scrolls have also provided impressive evidence for both the integrity of the Old Testament (Tanakh) and the authenticity of the books themselves. Archaeology has also shown events, places, and people of the New Testament are consistent with history.
The reliability and accuracy of the New Testament is often contested by critics. However, if the critics want to disregard the New Testament, then they must also disregard other ancient writings by Plato, Aristotle, and Homer. The New Testament documents are better preserved and more numerous than any other ancient writings. Because of this, they can be cross checked for accuracy, and they are very consistent. From Collier’s Encyclopedia, 1976, Volume 17, pages 465-467: “Next to the New Testament, there are more extant [currently existing] manuscripts of the Iliad (643) than any other book…The New Testament has about 20,000 lines…the Iliad about 15,600. Only 40 lines (or 400 words) of the New Testament are in doubt, where as 764 lines of the Iliad are questioned. This 5% textual corruption compares with 1/2 of 1%…in the New Testament. Over 96% of these variants are without material significance in ascertaining the meaning of the text.”