Why Does So Much of the World Reject the Bible as Truth?

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Despite an enormous number of archaeological finds verifying people, places, and events found in the pages of the Bible, many in the world reject this book as truth. Why? The answer and why you can believe the Bible.

Why do so many people reject the Bible?

“For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.”

– Hebrews 4:2

The gospel of Jesus Christ is called “the good news.” We should be happy about receiving the message in the Bible. In the New Testament, we are told that Christ died for our sins, paying the penalty in our place and freeing us from otherwise being condemned to eternal damnation for our sinful thoughts and behaviors.

The real reason people reject the Bible

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

– John 8:32

Even though Jesus brings the truth that sets us free, and we should be rejoicing over it; for some people – the truth is horrifying.

There’s an old saying: “The truth hurts.”

We humans don’t like hearing bad things about ourselves. Deep down, we really don’t want to know our flaws. We don’t want to accept that we might be sinners. We don’t want to acknowledge we do bad things – some downright evil – in the eyes of God.

If we reject the Bible as truth, we can reject the idea that we are evil, sinful individuals destined to hell unless we accept redemption from Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

“Not OK”

The title of a best-selling self-help book for two years in the early 1970s, “I’m OK, You’re OK,” by Thomas Harris MD, sums up how we think of ourselves. “We’re OK. We’re not flawed. There’s nothing wrong with us.” And if we think we are “Not OK,” the book teaches us that we can, on our own, change our status to “OK.”

That is the opposite of what the Bible teaches. We are “Not OK.” We were born sinners (Original Sin), and it is inherent in our very human nature that we are going to continue to sin – we can’t help ourselves.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

– Romans 3:23

The same teaching is in the Old Testament:

“Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.”

– Ecclesiastes 7:20

We are broken. We were born that way.

We cannot be “OK” without the redemption of Jesus Christ.

Why you can believe the Bible

“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

– 2 Peter 1:21

Pastor, author and Dean of theology Dr. Voddie Baucham has lectured that over 23,000 archaeological digs have corroborated the biblical record – without one disapproving find. The Bible is comprised of 66 books in 3 languages and was written by 40 authors spanning three continents over 1,500 years.

His explanation for why the Bible is true is one of the best ever written: “I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents, written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses, reporting supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claimed their writings are Divine and not of human origin.”