Confidence in the Bible, Part 1

When I was a kid we went to church a few times.  I marveled at the person in front with the black book.  It baffled me why he did not read a more interesting (to me at that time) book about cowboys or shining knights in armor.   Years later at the age of 31, I did meet the Man the Bible is about –  Jesus.  Today, many, many years later I cannot understand how a person could be interested in cowboy stories or knights in armor compared to the most precious book of all times, the Bible.  What follows is part of what I learned through the years, going from zero knowledge about the Bible to 100% confidence in it.  

Books, books, all over

History has yielded an impressive amount of books.  Name almost any subject, and there will be books about it.  In the remote past, people had to rely on their memories and later they developed writing.  It grew from primitive writing on clay tablets, to papyrus and vellum, to the vast output of books by modern printing presses.  With the e-book and other means, even more books are written.  

Books range in content from fairy tales to fiction, biographies, romantic stories, science, history, medical science, psychology, paleontology, science fiction, et cetera.  Then there are also religious books like the Koran, Vedas, Upanishads, et cetera. 

We can put the millions of books written in the course of history, in categories.  However, there is one book that is in a category all of its own.  There is no other book like it and no book will ever be written like it.  It is the Bible, also known as the Holy Scriptures or the Word of God.  It is a unique book. 

How the Bible and ‘normal’ books differ

#  The Bible is an Old Book.  

The first five books of the Bible, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, called the Pentateuch, written down by Moses, have a date of about 1,400 BC.  It is necessary to understand that, 

  • The dates are not precise, which should be understandable. 
  • Every aspect of the Bible, doesn’t matter from where, will be disputed by some unbeliever or even some ‘theologians.’  That is a trap one can easily fall into.  I came to the conclusion that it was not worth it to spend hours, days or even weeks to try to discover who wrote which book when?  The easiest way to handle it is to reject all the endless speculation and accept the Bible is Holy Spirit inspired, 

‘All Scripture is God-breathed….’  2 Timothy 3:16

The last book of the Bible is Revelation written down by John.  Again, there are a variety of differences, from 70-100  AD.  

A period of about 1,500 years separates the writing of the first book, Genesis, from the last, Revelation.  To help us understand it better, let’s say Genesis was written in 500 AD.  Then Revelation would be finished in 2,000 AD.  Think about the changes that occurred during those ages.  World powers came and went.  There were social changes, different fashions, great advancements in industry and science, et cetera.  Yet the theme of the Bible is constant: the Kingdom of God and the role of His Son, Jesus, in it.  This is a miracle in itself and a testimony to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. 

#  The Bible’s real Author

While all other books have human authors, this book claims to come from an Extra Terrestrial Highly Intelligent Being called God.  The Holy Spirit inspired the different writers like Moses, David, Jeremiah, Matthew, Paul, et cetera to pen down what God wanted to reveal to us about the Triune God and their plans with the creation of the universe.   

The ‘writers’ of this best selling book all came from a small country, Israel, with a relatively small population.  They were not from the mighty Roman Empire or other world powers like the Greeks or even the Aztecs.  No, from the small country, Israel, came the most important book of all time. 

God is the real Author, 

  • ‘You [God] spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David….’ Acts 4:25 – referring to Psalm 2:1,2.
  • “For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘I will be His Father, and He will be my Son.”’  Hebrews 1:5, referring to 2 Samuel 7:14.

Although God is the real Author, we use the names of the human writers for practical reasons.  It would be difficult and time consuming to refer to a passage in book 29, chapter 31, line 29.  It is much easier to say, Jeremiah 31:29.  The chapter and verse numbers were added later to make it easier to study and write about the Bible.

#   The Bible is a Single edition Book.

The Bible is different and unique because the message has never been updated or revised.  From the original Hebrew and Greek it has been translated into many different languages.  

Doesn’t such and old book need updating?  After all, we now live in Post Modern times and the Bible is the product of the Prescientific Age.  Nevertheless no updates have so far been received from the Author.  Why?  Two reasons:  

‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.  The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them.  Surely the people are grass.  The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever.’  Isaiah 40:6-8

Second:  All people will be judged by the standards of the Bible.  Therefore it is  fixed and final.    

#  The Bible forms part of the Biblical Canon.

The 66 books of the Bible were written at different times, but they were formally accepted around 367 AD when Athanasius mentioned that they formed the Canon of the Bible.    

#  Criticism against the Bible

The Bible is probably the only book that is systematically criticized on every important aspect in it – on God the Creator, God the Savior, God the Judge, God’s brilliant plan, the Divine nature of the Bible, the inspiration of the Bible, the flood of Noah, the young age of the earth and universe, the creation of the universe.  There are hardly any aspects of the Bible that are not hotly disputed, discussed, denied and argued about.  The Bible is always, but always controversial.  It has been under threat of destruction almost from the beginning whether as the complete 66 books or individual books.  Somewhere, somehow somebody has a gripe about it.  That is strange because no one is compelled to accept it.  It is a ‘take it or leave it’ book.   All the Bible does is to warn against those who reject it.  They do it at the risk of an eternity of loss.    

Please take note!

We write about our personal journey with the Bible.  Because of how I grew up, I was very dubious and distrustful of this ‘Word of God.’  In time the Holy Spirit answered all my questions and doubts about the Bible.  The Bible is the Word of God, flawless, the truth and absolutely wonderful because,   

‘God is not a man, that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should change His mind.  Does He speak and then not act?  Does He promise and not fulfill?’  Numbers 23:19

Does it work to ‘delete’ parts of the Bible?

We live in a divided world.  There are those who reject Scripture as the inspired Word of God.  There are those who accept God’s revelation.  Yet the Bible believers are also divided.  Some believe all 66 books are the product of God (inspired by the Holy Spirit) and some believe certain parts are not inspired.

Scripture is a library of books that tells us all we need to know about the invisible God and His plans.  It has never been updated, neither have some chapters or books been  declared redundant.  It is complete and final – a revelation from God to man about God.  1 Peter 1:24-25 says, ‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’  Forever!  Wonderful!

#  What happens when you chop and change God’s Word?   

  • Various churches and individuals teach that parts of Scripture are ‘wrong.’  For example, creation in six days in Genesis 1; the first couple, Adam and Eve; the talking serpent in Genesis 3; the world-wide flood in Genesis 6-8, et cetera.
  • The question: what happens when people begin to delete parts of the Bible?
  • The answer: the domino principle.

#  The domino principle

  • Scripture is a tightly integrated unit of 66 books.  They all contribute to the big picture of an invisible God who created a universe, life on planet earth and humans in His image.  His plan is to eventually live on a wonderful new earth with the people who accepted His invitation,.
  • His revelation, the Bible, is like a puzzle in which all the pieces fit together to complete the big picture.  We can liken the books and verses to dominoes that are stacked next to each other.

#  The chain reaction of falling dominoes 

If some one ‘deletes’ parts of the Bible, it causes a chain reaction.  The first domino falls and the rest follow.  Let us look at creation by God in six days.  If this ‘domino’ is pushed over, it causes a chain reaction of one domino after the other that falls.

  • Exodus 20:11, ‘For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them…’  This ‘domino’ affects other dominoes, like all the books that were written by Moses.  If Moses was wrong with Genesis 1, who says he told the truth in the rest of Genesis up to Deuteronomy?  It also deletes the promise of the Redeemer in Genesis 3:15.
  • Deuteronomy 4:32, ‘…from the day God created man on earth….’
  • Nehemiah 9:6, ‘You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them….’
  • Psalm 33:6, ‘By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.’
  • Psalm 146:5-6, ‘…whose hope is in the Lord His God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them.’
  • Isaiah 45:18, ‘…He who created the heavens, He is God; He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it….’ 
  • Jeremiah 32:17, ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.’ 
  • Jesus referred to the ‘Creator’ and creation more than once. 1
  • Acts 17:24, ‘The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth….’
  • James 3:9, ‘…[men] have been made in God’s likeness.’  
  • 2 Peter 3:5, ‘But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.’
  • Revelation 10:6, ‘And he [an angel] swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it….’

#  The dominoes that fall eventually cause all of Scripture to fall.

No verse or chapter in the Bible stands alone, so if some one ‘deletes’ one, it affects others:

  • Jesus’ reference to God as the Creator.  If it is not true, then it means we cannot trust Jesus’ words.  Then the reports of the four Gospels are wrong.  They must be deleted.  If you delete the 4 Gospels, all the Epistles and letters based on the four Gospels must go.  If Jesus did not talk the truth, all the prophecies in the Old Testament that He would come are invalid.  Revelation also has to fall, since Jesus plays an important role in it.
  • If Genesis 1 is wrong, then all five books of the Pentateuch are wrong.  Subsequent books that build on it like Joshua, Judges, Kings, Chronicles and others all fall.
  • If Isaiah and Jeremiah were wrong about God the Creator, we have to delete their writings and their references to historical events.

# The result of falling Bible dominoes (teachings)

We see the results in people who leave the faith, because some ‘theologians’ told them that this or that does not belong in Scripture.  Those who leave understand the Falling Domino Principle: if you accept that one part of Scripture is wrong, it starts to erode your faith in the Bible and eventually in God.

#  Conclusion

The Bible is a closely related ‘package’ of 66 books.

  • The option is: believe or reject it.  There is no middle way, no grey area.
  • The issue is: what is the difference between the person who rejects the Bible and the one who is a Bible surgeon who cuts away what he perceives is detrimental?
  • The answer is: nothing!


We celebrate Easter.  Remember Genesis 3:15, ‘…the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent..’  It became true.  Today we celebrate what God promised almost 6,000 years ago.  Glory to God, the Lamb and the Spirit!


1. Matthew 19:4; Mark 13:19

Do you make the mistake to believe the devil’s lies?

The world we live in today generally hates God.  It promotes material success, to live for yourself, do whatever pleases you and that you can disregard the Bible because it is full of mistakes.

Yet truth and reality as Jesus revealed it, includes the invisible world and life after death.  2 Corinthians 4:18b says, ‘…what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’  In this blog we want to show that we don’t need to believe the devil’s lies about God and Scripture.

#  God has an enemy.

  • Most leaders, kings, presidents and prime ministers throughout history had enemies who tried to topple them and foment unrest.
  • God’s enemy is the devil, Satan, that ancient serpent that leads people astray with lies about the Bible, God and His eternal Kingdom. 1

#  Scripture reveals Satan’s character. 

  • Cain was the first human being who belonged to the devil.  He refused to listen to God, murdered his brother and went out from the presence of God. 2
  • ‘Satan rose up against Israel and incited David….’ 3
  • ‘For we wanted to come to you – certainly I, Paul, did, again and again – but Satan stopped us.’ 4
  • ‘Those who oppose him [the teacher of the truth] he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil [Satan], who has taken them captive to do his will.’ 5

#  Satan’s deceptions in the world

  • The devil has mounted a massive propaganda offensive to keep people away from the truth and convince them that God is an illusion.
  • He promotes other ‘gods’ like aliens and UFO’s, the church of the Jedi, Zen, alternative ‘spiritualities,’ witchcraft, or whatever.
  • He presents an alternative creation account to Genesis 1.  It is the ‘creation account’ of the world.  It explains that all things came from nothing and go to nothing.  Therefore there is nothing to live for since there is nothing after death.  What a massive lie!
  • The devil encourages the activity of atheists and other groups or organisations to hate a God they have never seen.


What we see in the world shows us that there is an invisible spirit who lies about God and Scripture.  People on their own cannot keep a war against the unseen God going for ages.  The world shows us what the Bible tells us, ‘As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.’ 6  The many ‘strange’ ideologies that people embrace should strengthen our faith that the Lord and His Revelation, the wonderful Bible, is truth.


  1. Revelation 12:9
  2. Genesis 4;1-16; 1 John 3:12
  3. 1 Chronicles 21:1
  4. 1 Thessalonians 2:18
  5. 2 Timothy 2:25-26
  6. Ephesians 2:1-2
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