Testimony of Its Writers

Why Believe the Bible? Internal Evidence

The accuracy of the Bible is confirmed by internal evidence. Different authors at different times may mention the same events, from different standpoints, yet there is no contradiction that cannot be explained.

The Bible authors themselves testify to the God who was speaking through them. They realized that they were not on their own, that they were instruments in His hand. Phrases such as “The word of the Lord came,” or “Thus says the Lord God,” or “The Lord said,” or “The Lord spoke” occur literally thousands of times in Scripture. Here is a feature that the writers of any other “sacred” scriptures cannot duplicate. And the writings of all of its authors combine to present one teaching and one plan of salvation—a total impossibility if the Bible were the work of individuals writing on their own.

Eyewitness Accounts

The accuracy of the Bible stands on numerous eyewitness accounts. The person writing the story was very often the one either experiencing or directly observing the situation being written about. Take, for example, the resurrection of Jesus. Two gospel writers personally saw Jesus after His resurrection, and all included eyewitness accounts. They were not writing about something that “he said she said.” They saw and knew firsthand.

Both Peter and John, as Jesus’ disciples, testified to their firsthand information. John said, That “which we have seen, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled” (1 John 1:1). And Peter said, “We heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain” (2 Pet. 1:18).