Is the Bible Reliable?

28 Jul

Given that we have a trustworthy copy of the original, is the original itself trustworthy? Liberal scholars usually argue that the gospels were written long after the events they claim to  record. They typically date Mark between  AD 65–75, Matthew at mid 80s, Luke and Acts between 83–90 and John about the turn of the first century. So with  a time gap of 35–75 years, there is allegedly no chance that the gospels are reliable records.

The evidence for our New Testament writings is ever so much greater than the evidence for many writings of classical authors, the authenticity of which no-one dreams of questioning.— NT  scholar F.F. Bruce

Jonathan Sarfati of Creation Ministries International writes:

However, there are cogent arguments by J.A.T. Robinson (1919–1983), who was a liberal and Bishop of Woolwich, for redating the gospels to between  AD 40 and  65.4 If Robinson is right, the gospels were written in the lifetimes of people who knew Jesus personally (~6  BC –  AD ~30 for His earthly lifetime). Matthew and Luke record Jesus’ prophecy of Jerusalem’s demise and the  destruction of the Temple (Matthew 24:2, Luke 21:20–24) but do not record its fulfilment in  AD 70.5 Matthew, especially, would not have failed to record yet another fulfilled prophecy if he had written  after the event. Acts, written by Luke after he wrote his gospel, mentions neither the fall of Jerusalem, the horrific persecutions under Nero Caesar (mid 60s)—although other persecutions  are mentioned—nor the martyrdoms of James (61), Paul (64) and Peter (65), so was probably written before then.6

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