How Does the Bible Stack Up with History?
You’re used to things breaking. Everything wears out eventually. There’s only one thing in the world that won’t die with time—the Bible.
Somehow, the words it contains have never been completely lost, destroyed, or forgotten. They’ve endured and even expanded through the rise and fall of many nations.
What began as words on stone became collections of scrolls, to which letters and memoirs were added. More than forty men wrote the Bible over a span of 1600 years, and their writings were united at last in a single book—one that weathered all the storms of history and still sails today. The Bible continues to be the best-selling book ever, every year.
The Bible itself claims to be the Word of God. God says he authored it. And, he recorded promise after promise within the Bible’s pages that his Word would never pass away.
God speaks of his book’s invincibility like this: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8 ESV). The binding may wear out, and many physical Bibles have been burned before, but God promises to preserve its contents. The Bible’s abundant existence testifies to God’s trustworthiness.
And Jesus, the hero of the Bible, says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33 NIV).
Layers of kingdoms lie buried in the dust, better technologies have left lesser inventions behind, and fires of war and persecution have extinguished many cultures. But, the Author of the Bible eternally preserves and protects his Word. Time itself testifies to the reliability of the Bible.
The Bible remains—unscathed. How? Because God keeps his promises.