How Do You Know the Bible’s True?

A special memory from my years doing jail ministry:

I was leading a Bible study with incarcerated teens. There was a new kid in my group—he’d just turned 14.  The others were 17.  Three years is a big difference with teenagers.

The older guys in the group had already come to Christ and were growing in their faith.  I was impressed with their kindness toward Carlos who had never before opened a Bible.

Right off he asked me, “How do you know the Bible’s true?”

“You have asked an important question, Carlos.  After all, who am I?  Just because I say the Bible is true, does not prove that it is.  That’s why I always bring with me, some helpful information that gives us some reliable evidence.”

Together we examined some pages of evidence:

  •  The archaeological findings that substantiate the Bible’s truths
  •  The scientific evidence
  •  The historical evidence
  •  The fulfilled prophecies—made hundreds of years before they were fulfilled
  •  The indestructibility of the Bible—for thousands of years there have been many attempts to destroy it, but the Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1947 were proof the Old Testament writings are the very same today as when they were written.
  •  Finally, we see the evidence of changed lives in the followers of Jesus.

At this point the older teens began to share how Jesus had changed their lives. Older teenagers can have a profound influence on younger ones.  That, plus the Holy Spirit!  Fifty minutes later Carlos made a decision to give his life to Jesus.

  • All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.       2 Timothy 3:16-17

[Do you agree with this evidence?  Are there better examples I could have used?   To leave a comment, simply click on this story’s TITLE, then scroll to the bottom where it says,  “Leave a Reply.”]

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God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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17 Responses to How Do You Know the Bible’s True?

  1. Mark says:

    very good Kathleen….I agree with you and the comments made on your post! One way people are lost in this world is how they require proof of anything they are told…seems like people have been thinking that way for a few thousand years…..seems odd to me that some of the same people who require that I prove the validity of the bible before they will believe it….are the same people who read their horoscopes faithfully every day.

    • Kathleen says:

      This is true Mark. Some continue to ask for proof but don’t really want it. Then there are others who ask because they want to know. Once they get answers they don’t keep asking. Once we find Christ, we don’t keep searching!

  2. Liana says:

    The love of Jesus shining through your heart … evidence I’m sure he saw and felt. Praise God.

  3. Richard O says:

    Great post Kathleen. I like all the approaches used to validate the Bible. It covers all areas. I used such for the adults too. May God continue to use you for His Glory.

  4. anthony says:

    These young men cannot know just how fortunate they are to have someone like you in their lives, to tell them of a Saviour so sweet they can have Him in their lives right “Now” not tomorrow, not in a few minutes or next week but right now.
    I needed someone like you at the same time in my development, I was so lost and directionless…but the whole time I was a very broken, damaged, silent observer and now a recorder and so I have been shown my purpose and realize now that His timing is perfect.
    Many blessings to you and those entrusted to you by The Most High God, to be under your capable obedient stewardship.
    But God doesn’t make mistakes and if it took longer for some of us it is all according to His plan, purpose and Will.
    I didn’t know Christ back then but I know what I know and who is sent and who is not and who is sincere and real and who is not.
    And sometimes I wish that I didn’t!

    • Kathleen says:

      I like to tell them how blessed they are that they are hearing this message at such a young age. Surrendering their lives to Christ now is going to save them much grief in the future.

  5. Fred says:

    It is always amazing to me how many different types of people there are and how God knows how to move their heart in the way that is meaningful to them, and how the Holy Spirit will move you to speak into their lives.

    ” Are there better examples I could have used?”
    I think you were led to give those very examples Kathleen. I am sure God placed you there for the very message you shared. You are guided by the experience Jesus has given you and the Holy Spirit living within you.

    The Holy Spirit took what you said and got teens sharing with each other. Awesome!!!

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you Fred. Yes, it was MOST exciting when the kids began sharing their testimonies. It was precious. I could not have asked God for more!

  6. renee says:

    The historical record shows the Bible is true. Greater men and women than I have read and re-read the Bible as a life text. This fact piqued my interest to read it for myself!
    I have found that reading the Holy Bible on a consistent basis, has transformed my life. I have found strength when I had none. I found hope and a faith in the Living God that removes my fear and replaces it with love and compassion.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you Renee,
      Indeed! The historical records show the Bible is true. Reading the Bible daily is where I too receive God’s strength and peace.

  7. Doug says:

    One might tell these kids that one is praying for an invasion. An invasion of the Holy Spirit of God to make the words of Jesus live. Until then the Christian apologist is using scripture to corroborate scripture and the listeners regard the whole thing as out of their field, politely mind you.

    • Kathleen says:

      Yes Doug. In the meantime, the Holy Spirit does work through the evidence we have of archaeology, history, science, fulfilled prophecies, the indestructibility of the Bible and changed lives. God has provided much convincing evidence.

      • anthony says:

        God calls and prepares in advance those He chooses to send to The Son. No measure of apologetics can change that… the opportunity to minister to these young men was none of your own doing. Never found that at any point I had to attempt to prove the existence of God to anyone sent to be ministered to by the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
        God Bless,
        Anthony

        • Kathleen says:

          Dear Anthony, When a young person asks me for a reason we can know the Bible is true, I like to give an answer. I do not go on blind faith that the Bible is true. 1 Peter 3:15 states, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” You are correct: We don’t HAVE to prove anything. Yet, when there is clear evidence for truth, then it’s good to know what that evidence is and to share it.

  8. Susan says:

    By studying the Bible and commentaries it helps me to understand the meaning of the verses and their significance, which I might have missed on my own. As I begin to understand the significance I grow a lot more because things are put in context. Also by sharing with others, we become more aware how God works and begin to see better how God has been working in our own lives. Sharing growing experiences we have with God with other believers is why it is important to do church. God has blessed me tremendously in this way.

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