Articles about the Reliability

of the Bible

by Gary C. Burger, MDiv

The Bible: A Relic or Reliable Revelation?

Can Christians support the claim that the Bible is God's revelation reliably transmitted to us through its authors? This talk/article examines how we know the Gospels are reliable historical documents. When we read them we have every good reason to believe they give us an accurate picture of what really happened 2000 years ago and their relevance to us.

How We Got Our Bible: The Nature of Revelation and Inspiration

Just how does God communicate with us? Does Biblical inspiration mean the authors simply took dictation?

How We Got Our Bible: The Oral Tradition

Skeptics say the information that was written in the Bible (e.g. about Jesus' post-resurrection appearances) were passed on unreliably so legends grew. Was the Oral Tradidtion just a giant game of Telephone?

How We Got Our Bible: The Written Tradition

A careful study shows that the authors of the Gospels were credible eyewitnesses or drew from eyewitness sources. In addition, there is remarkable consistency. Any contradictions are only apparent.

How We Got Our Bible: The Corroboration Test

Several reliable ancient historians outside of the Bible give testimonies about Christ. They were Jewish and Roman and had no reason to be partial to Jesus Christ or the early Christians. Even liberal scholars agree on the basic picture given when we combine these testimonies.

Does Archaeology Agree with the Bible?

Discover the conclusions of the best archaeologists.

How We Got Our Bible: The Bibliographic Test

Comparing the copies we have of the Gospels with those of other well-known ancient works like Plato, scholars conclude that the Gospels were copied with 98% accurately. The 2% error is made up of insignificant changes like spellings of names.

The Current State of Scholarship Regarding the Gospels

The anti-supernatural bias of skeptics is unwarranted since they cannot prove there is no God who acts in history. Explore the nature of faith and proof.

The Nature of Faith and Proof

What is faith based on? Do we need "100% proof" in order to believe something?

Why History is So Important to Christianity

Christianity's claims stand or fall on historical events and documents rather than on myths, legends, rituals and theological or philosophical systems.

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