On a previous post, a woman named KB identified herself as a Christian, but then later said - "I believe in God, and I read the Bible... however, I do not believe that everything in the Bible has been translated perfectly. I also find it hard to believe that over time, people haven't added their own 2 cents here and there."
Then she said - "Tell me Dani, how do you know if the Bible is 100% accurate?"
That is a fair question, and it deserves an answer. First of all I didn't always believe the Bible, in fact I rejected God's Word for the majority of my life. Once I realized that everything I had ever learned in school was a complete lie, I began searching for the truth on my own. Only recently, in the past several years have I actually studied the Bible and I found out that it is Absolutely True - ALL of it!
The Bible was the first book ever printed back in 1454 A.D. and it has been the number one best seller of all time ever since (unfortunately, the least read book of all time too, apparently).
Taking that into account, I think it would be worth it for you (and anyone else) to actually verify for yourselves if it is true, before you completely discredit it altogether. Whatever you do, definitely do NOT take my word for it - Study on your own to show yourselves approved!
The Bible is a historical book written over a period of 1,500 years, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by over 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, tax-collectors, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book. All of the people and landmarks in the Bible actually did exist at one time. You can verify all of the locations and landmarks in the Bible by simply doing a study of history and geography -- But, you definitely won't learn that in public school! *More on => Bible History & Geography.
One of the strongest arguments for the accuracy of the Bible is its 100% accuracy in predicting the future. These future predictions are called “prophecies.” The Old Testament was written between approximately 1450 BC and 430 BC and during that time, hundreds of predictions of the future were recorded in the Bible by God’s prophets and then later fulfilled.
*Read more about => Bible Prophecies.
While no one personally knows the authors of the Bible, we can know who they are and what they were like through their writings. Many of the authors were put in prison, be-headed and murdered for what they wrote, so I think it is safe to say that their motives were pure and they had no personal agenda to fulfill.
Another good indicator of the Bible's accuracy is the fact that the authors were so honest about their true character. Usually, when people write about themselves they don't write about how evil and wicked they are, they usually only write the good things that would make them look better. King David was an adulterer and a murderer, yet he was a "man after God's own heart" because he repented of his sin. The Apostle Paul called himself the "Chief of all sinners" because he too tortured and murdered many Christians in his time. Yet, God used Paul to preach the Gospel of Grace to us all, and he wrote most of the New Testament in the Bible.
I suppose you would actually have to read the Bible for yourself before you can make false claims of it's accuracy. In many modern translations, some of the 'words' may differ, but the Message remains the same.
The Bible is jammed packed full of verses that pertain to any questions you could possibly have about life: Love, hate, joy, sadness, peace, death, patience, kindness, gentleness, faith, sin, hope, repentance, forgiveness, self-control, anger, wisdom, knowledge, rebuke, understanding, hopelessness, judgment, pain and suffering......the list goes on and on and on.
I guess the main point to understand is: All God requires is that you believe in Him and repent of your sins, then He will reveal the Truth in His Word to you. Until then, you will continue to be blinded by lies and remain willfully ignorant of the Truth.
So the real question is - How Do You Know the Bible is NOT 100% True?
I think the WuTang Clan came up with this saying and I often refer to it: B-I-B-L-E: Basic - Instructions - Before - Leaving - Earth
*Further Reading => Bible Accuracy / Science & the Bible
*Great Links => God & Science / Answers in Genesis
*Learn the Details => - The Plot: Overview of the Bible