James Merritt says that while every world view is based on faith, only the Christian world view is supported by the historically accurate and authentic Bible.
Every world view is based on faith. Everybody on this planet looks at this world through assumptions and presuppositions, some of which can be proved and some of which cannot. For example, the Christian has a world view based on the belief that God exists. The Atheist has a world view based on the belief that God doesn't. The Christian cannot prove that God exists, but the Atheist cannot prove that God doesn't. Both world views are based on faith. The question is—which world view has the strongest evidence to support their faith?
This raises the question of where we get the Christian world view? Where do we get the idea that God created us, that because of the fall of man, sin entered into this world and ruined it and that Jesus Christ came to die and was raised from the dead to make this world right again. We get it from the Bible. The Christian world view is based on what we believe, not only to be truth, but the ultimate truth found in the Bible.
The biggest single fact that people have to deal with concerning the Bible is this: it claims to be not the words of men, but the Word of God. In the Old Testament alone, phrases like "God said" or "God spoke" or "The Word of the Lord came" occur nearly four thousand times (700 times in the first five books, 40 times in one chapter.) Hundreds of years later, the Apostle Paul said this about the Bible:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16, NLT).
Here is a book that is actually 66 books in one, written over a period of 1,500 years, by 40 different authors, living in 3 different continents (Europe, Africa and Asia), writing in 3 different languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic), writing on many controversial topics—and yet they all wrote on one theme and they all said exactly the same thing.
Have you ever thought about how many copies or manuscripts we have of these historical figures and how close they are to one another? Have you ever thought about what the time span is between the copies that we do have and the original copies that must have been written? Let me just give you the manuscript evidence for the ancient writings related to these 3 historical figures:
- Julius Caesar: Earliest manuscripts 1000 years after Caesar lived - only 10 manuscripts exist.
- Plato: Earliest manuscripts 1300 years after Plato lived - only 7 manuscripts.
- Homer: Earliest manuscripts 500 years after Homer lived - 643 manuscripts.
In fact, Homer's Iliad is the most well-supported overwhelmingly confirmed ancient text in the world next to the Bible. It has 643 manuscripts, the oldest of which comes 500 years after he actually wrote it. Consider this: for the New Testament alone there are over 5,300 Greek manuscripts, the earliest just 35 years after the Book of Revelation was written.
Have you ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls? Fragments of almost every book in the Old Testament were found in these scrolls and they were dated approximately 150 B.C. which is only 200 years after the last event of the Old Testament took place. There is no other book in the world that has as much manuscript support or is as closely tied to the original event than the Bible.
Putting together all of these manuscripts and comparing them with the version of the Bible we have today, we now know that we have at least 99.5% of what would be considered the original document. No other historical source or book in the history of the world can make that claim. The Bible is real. The Bible is true. The Bible is accurate. The Bible is authentic. Our world view stands on a solid foundation.