“Since it was impossible, without God, to come to a knowledge of God, He teaches men, through His Word, to know God.” -Irenaeus in Pillars
How can we be sure that the Bible is the infallible word of God? Through the centuries, various skeptics have debated the accuracy of Scripture. Some claim that the process of determining the holy canon – that is, the 66 books that make up the Bible – missed the mark, while others debate the accuracy of how the Bible was translated. Still others claim that the Bible’s writers were not inspired by God, but by their own opinions.
A strong confirmation that the writings of the Bible were inspired by God are the numerous prophecies that were written in the Bible far in advance of their fulfillment.
The abundance and agreement of ancient Bible manuscripts also verify the accuracy and reliability of both the Old and New Testaments, as do archaeological finds.
Throughout the Bible, we are reminded of Scripture’s completeness, inerrancy and authoritativeness. 2 Timothy 3:16 notes that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” In John 10:35, Jesus himself states that “the Scripture cannot be broken.” We can trust that God’s Word “will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11).