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Why Trust the Bible?

Answers to the New Critics

Authors: Timothy Paul Jones, Rose Publishing

Product code: BT112

An excellent teaching tool for those who have questions about the Bible's origin. In clear, concise language, this reveals the errors in Bible critics' logic and facts in an easy-to-understand style using helpful charts, time lines, and explanations.

Throughout history people have wondered, "What if the Bible was tampered with?"This booklet offers compelling and reassuring answers to these important questions: "Can the Bible be trusted?" "How were the stories passed down?" "How can we know that the Bible was copied accurately?" "Who chose the books in my Bible?"and "How reliable is the Bible?" 

Popular books promote doubts about the authenticity and accuracy of the Bible. Some suggest that the Bible is an ancient document that has been edited so many times that it is now filled with errors. Why Trust the Bible? equips believers to defend assaults against the Bible and to defend the faith.

In five important questions, the author addresses what the sceptics claim and what history actually tells us. A time line reveals the development of key writings, the emergence of the biblical canon, and more. This great reference tool proves that the Bible can be trusted.

This pamphlet refutes the following claims:

  • The Gospels were written long after Jesus lived and were written by people who weren't eyewitnesses.
  • The stories about Jesus' life and death were not handed down reliably and not recorded accurately.
  • The Bible is full of textual errors, as proven by the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • The New Testament wasn't finalized until hundreds of years after Jesus and his disciples, so there could have been many other "gospels" accepted and later rejected, in addition to the four Gospels found in the Bible today.
  • The originals of the Bible are lost; therefore, we have no way of knowing what it actually said.
  • The Bible was edited by people who had an "agenda" and changed many teachings.

Among the many sound reasons why we can trust the Bible are exciting facts such as:

  • Each of the four Gospels represents eyewitness testimony about Jesus Christ. For example, Mark's Gospel is Peter's testimony and Luke's Gospel is Paul's eyewitness accounts recorded by his physician, Luke.
  • Documents such as the Dead Seas Scrolls and Masoretic texts reveal that biblical texts agree nearly 99 percent of the time.
  • The 27 books of the New Testament that we have today were mentioned in a pastor's letter in AD 367, and were recognized before that date.
  • A time line shows the years of Jesus' ministry side-by-side with key writings reflecting witness testimonies.

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About the Authors

Timothy Paul Jones

Pastor of First Baptist Church of Rolling Hills, a congregation in Oklahoma, USA. In addition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biblical literature and pastoral ministry, Timothy earned a doctorate in educational leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He received the Baker Book House Award for excellence in theological scholarship, as well as the North American Professors of Christian Education Scholastic Recognition Award for his doctoral work in the field of spiritual formation.

Rose Publishing

Rose Publishing is a Christian publisher with a mission to help people grow in their faith by creating products that help people understand the Bible and give Christian solutions to life's problems.

Rose Publishing started with two "Then and Now"® Bible Maps in 1991 and a dream to make Bible teachings and basic Christian beliefs understandable to everyone. They expanded their line to Christian living topics that help people find the joy of growing through the good news of Jesus Christ.

Rose Publishing creates full-color products (award-winning books, wall charts, pamphlets, DVD-based curriculum, and PowerPoints®). They are designed for personal, church, small group, and school use, and are packed with easy-to-understand diagrams, illustrations, maps, photos, charts, and time lines to bring Christian teachings to life.