Over the last few days we have taken a brief overview of the subject of the accuracy of the Bible as we have it. We have shown that the manuscript evidence gives us confidence that the Bible has been handed down to us in tact, as it was originally written; that the historical and archaeological evidence support the events in the biblical record; and the alleged contradictions found in the text are no contradictions at all, but complimentary accounts. With all this shown, we can no only have confidence in the Bible’s accuracy, but also its authority.
Let me explain what I mean. If I can trust that the Bible has been accurately handed down to us, and that the biblical account doesn’t contradict history and archaeology (from without) or itself (from within), I can be confident that the Bible reflects reality and the events written within it actually happened. If I can trust that the events of the Bible actually happened, I can be confident that the events concerning Jesus Christ actually happened. And if I can trust that the events of the Lord’s life occurred in history, then I can also be confident in the message he spoke.
If I am confident that Jesus really spoke the words that the Bible records, there are three possible conclusions (and I borrow this idea from C.S. Lewis, because he put it so well). If Jesus said the things that he said and they were not true, then he would be a liar and unworthy of any respect whatsoever. If Jesus said the things that he said and he himself believed them to be true, but they were in fact false, then he would have been crazy, and again unworthy of any respect or good regard. But if Jesus said the things that he said and did the things that he did and they are true, then he is Lord and God and we must bend our knee to him. There are no other options.
Being confident in the authority of the Bible, the question is then What are you going to do about it? How you answer this question has eternal implications.