Can We Trust the Bible on Christ as the Only Way?
The Bible teaches that repentance from sin with faith
in Jesus Christ is the only path to salvation and eternal life. It shows the apostle
Peter boldly proclaiming that salvation can come only through the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:10,12).
Moreover, Jesus Himself is recorded as having said: "I am the door. If anyone enters
by Me, he will be saved" and "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to
the Father except through Me" (John 10:9; 14:6).
Can we confirm the validity of this testimony? The New Testament is of course
based on the Old Testament-and it affirms much that is proclaimed in the Old
Testament. But how can we know that this witness, the whole Bible, is true? What reasons
are there to believe that the Bible is the Word of God, as it claims to be? Individually,
our personal relationship with God as we seek and follow Him can serve as strong
subjective evidence. However, there are several areas of objective evidence as well.
Among the numerous objective proofs are the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, the
scientific accuracy of the Bible and the confirmation of the biblical narrative by archaeology.
- Fulfilled prophecy: One of the most powerful and compelling reasons to believe the
Bible is that God has accurately foretold the future throughout history. God Himself
offered this as definitive proof of His sovereignty, saying through the prophet Isaiah,
"I am God and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done" (Isaiah 46:10).
Among this evidence are the detailed prophecies in the book of Daniel about the rise and fall of world
empires, which were fulfilled in amazing detail over the course of centuries. You can read about the
fulfillment of these and many other amazing prophecies in our free study guide The
Middle East in
Additionally, Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled dozens of highly specific prophecies when He came as
the Messiah in the flesh, and these prophecies were written by numerous authors over more than a
thousand years leading up to His human life! A list of Jesus' prophetic fulfillments can be found
in our free study guide Jesus Christ: The Real Story.
Throughout the history of the people of ancient Israel, God repeatedly foretold their future and brought
it to pass. You can find more information about God's interaction with them and promises concerning
them in our free study guides The Middle East in Bible Prophecy and
The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy.
- Scientific accuracy: Another reason to trust in the Bible is the startling accuracy of what it says
in light of science, despite having been written thousands of years before modern discoveries.
For example, the article "God and Astronomy" in our January-February 2017 issue explains the Bible's
consistency with astronomical realities long before they were discovered, including a starting point
for the universe, the spherical shape of the earth and the fact that our planet is not held up by anything
in space. While other ancient religions included many myths and incorrect statements about the universe,
the Bible is strikingly accurate.
- Historical corroboration: It is also important to note that history and archaeology overwhelmingly
support the biblical record. The list of people, places and events of the Bible that have been verified
by archaeology in modern times is nothing short of staggering (a future mini-study will list these).
No other religious book even comes close to the Bible on its scientific and historical accuracy, or the
immense number of fulfilled prophecies it contains.
Given the weight of evidence supporting the Bible as the Word of God, we can trust what it says about
how to live our lives, how to enter into a relationship with God and how to receive eternal life.
The Bible clearly states that repentance with faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to receive salvation.
And that's how we can know that Christianity is indeed the one true religion.
For more proof of the authenticity and reliability of the Bible, be sure to send for or download
our free study guide Is the Bible True?