The Bible was written on material that deteriorates, so it had to be copied and recopied by hand for hundreds of years before the invention of the printing press. This copying did not diminish the accuracy of the original Hebrew Bible, because of the unique nature of the copying process.
The Jews preserved Scripture as no other manuscript has ever been preserved. They meticulously kept track of every letter, syllable, work, sentence, and paragraph by counting each separate division on every page and comparing all of the tallies with the original before allowing the page to be put into use. Scribes, lawyers, and massoretes were special classes of men within Jewish culture whose sole duty was to preserve and transmit these documents with perfect fidelity. If you compare the Bible with all other ancient writings, you will find it has more copies of the original manuscript, with less variation between manuscripts, than any other 10 pieces of classical literature combined.
Evidence that Demands a Verdict, p. 19
As for God, his way is perfect; the work of the LORD is flawless.... -Psalm 18:30
Any study of man's history will prove that the Bible had (and still has) a unique and profound influence. The Bible gives us a proper perspective on all vital human issues, including marriage, raising children, finances, government, the judicial system, equal rights, aging, poverty, health, work, ecology, education, entertainment, etc. The basis of the world's laws and ethics all originate in God' Word. Even the seven-day week, which was given at creation, has become the worldwide standard pattern. No other source for this cycle has never been offered.
The Bible tells us that God is good and there is absolutely no darkness in Him (Mark 10:18, 1 John 1:5). Throughout history whenever Christianity has been blamed for atrocities, one always finds major deviations from god's Word. Conversely, wherever the Bible is believed and followed, people live in harmony. Even a skeptic has to stand in awe of the Bible's unique influence and profound insight.
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All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so the the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every food work. -2 Timothy 3:16-17
One profound evidence of the authenticity of biblical Christianity is its unique treatment of women. The Bible clearly states God created men and women with different functions, but as equals. This delegation of different roles is necessary so that harmony and order can be established.
Biblical Christianity elevates the woman, whether married, single, or widowed. It recognizes her moral and social influence, encourages her use of reason and intellect, restores her plundered rights, and challenges her to be a woman of grace, purity, self-control, humility, compassion, commitment, and love. Christ's own treatment of women and the Bible's remarkable accounts of godly women attest to the dignity of the woman. Biblical Christianity also changes the hearts of men and teaches men to treat women with the utmost love and respect-as Christ treats His church. In practice, other religions do not uphold women's dignity. Women are abused and exploited in almost every society which is not governed by Christian principles
Scripture sets forth marriage between one man and one woman as a central foundation upon which society rests. When the institution of marriage fails, all of society begins a downward slide. The history of all past civilizations bear witness to this fact.
Female Piety: A Young Woman's Friend and Guide, p.7-32
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus... There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
The Bible consists of 66 separate books written by about 40 different authors living on three different continents. They used three different languages over a time span of at least 1,500 years. It contains history, poetry, prophecy, science, geography, and philosophy, yet contains no errors or internal discrepancies. In spite of this diversity, the Bible presents a marvelous unity within the development of its great themes.
For over 2,000 years it has been the world's top-selling book.
Our understanding of both history and morality is based on what the Bible has to say. The Bible is also the foundation for both Western civilization and much technology (such as the printing press, which was invented due to the need to share God's Word). From beginning to end there is one over-arching and unfolding story: God's redemption of man. There is nothing remotely comparable among all of the millions of books written by man.
Many Infallible Proofs, p. 14
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
The Bible is unique in how it deals very openly with the sins of people. Biographies are generally biased and tend to exaggerate the character traits, depending upon the viewpoint of the writer. For example, if we look at the prominent men and women in history, we see that most are portrayed as great with few personal flaws. Examples abound, from Washington to Lincoln, Mother Teresa to Voltaire, Freud to Darwin; we hear about great accomplishments, but little about personal failures.
The Bible does not follow this pattern. It shows people as they are: sinful, lost, and in need of a Savior. Moses, David, and the apostle Paul were all murders. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all liars. The disciples were cowards. The genealogy leading directly to Jesus included prostitutes, liars, thieves, idolators, cowards, and murders. This is hardly a ringing endorsement of the goodness of mankind nor a book likely to have been written by the deceitful human heart.
Evidence That Demands a Verdict, p. 23
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
How can we know if the original manuscripts of the Bible have been accurately transmitted to us? One method for determining the reliability of any ancient manuscript is to note the total number and the agreement between the various copies. There are over 24,000 ancient manuscripts containing various portions of the New Testament. Except for extremely minor variations, these copies agree word for word. No other ancient document even begins to approach such massive authentication. By comparison, the I liad by Homer has the second highest number of surviving manuscripts copies totaling only 643! No one doubts the authenticity or accuracy of the I liad; yet the Bible, with far more evidence in its favor, is under constant attack. One wonders, why the hostility?
God said in the Bible that His Word would never pass away.
His Word has far more supporting evidence that any other book in history. God gives us overwhelming evidence (which archaeology continues to verify) that Scripture has been accurately maintained, reproduced, and passed down through the ages. Only the Bible can make this claim.
The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, p 33-116
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. -Matthew 24:35