Q: How do you know the Bible is true? Maybe some people just got together one day and made it up, or something like that. -- M.T.
A: The Bible is like a library, because it's actually a collection of books written by various authors over hundreds of years. Thousands of ancient manuscripts (including the famous Dead Sea Scrolls) give evidence of this fact.
Is the Bible true? Repeatedly it's been shown to be historically accurate -- through archeological discoveries, through other ancient writings, and so forth.
After all, if it talked about kings who never lived or battles that never took place or nations that never existed, then we'd have reason to doubt what it tells us.
But this isn't the case. When Luke wrote his Gospel, he tells us that he "carefully investigated everything from the beginning" -- and the same was true for the Bible's other writers (Luke 1:3).
But can the Bible be trusted in what it says about God? Yes, it can.
One reason is because it records how God worked in the lives of His people across the centuries. It also assures us that God was at work behind the scenes, directing and inspiring its human authors. Most of all, it points us to Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose again for our salvation.
I challenge you to discover the Bible for yourself. I suggest you begin with one of the Gospels (such as John). Read it with an open mind and heart, and ask God to show you if it can be trusted.
Then act on what you learn by humbling yourself before God and giving your life to Jesus Christ. You'll be thankful you did, because "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul" (Psalm 19:7).
Send your queries to "My Answer," c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or call 877-2-GRAHAM.