WHY I BELIEVE THE NEW TESTAMENT
by Dave Brown
Quite often Christians will attempt to convince others of the validity of the bible by scientific and historical evidences. While it is true that there are no scientific or historical biblical assertions that contradict valid science or history, this is not convincing evidence for two reasons. First, it is impossible to agree upon just what constitutes “valid” science or history. The best of both have their flaws, and so this is a process of comparing what could be the word of God to imperfect writings of men. A second problem is that miracles are, by definition, supernatural events. Miracles must contradict that which is observed by men to be science. So proving them valid by means of science is impossible. Those who have attempted to validate the miracles on a scientific basis end up with the paradoxical position of disproving that the miracles were, in reality, miracles.
Where does this leave us? The apostle John said it best in John 20:31: “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” Does this not state that reading and understanding the bible itself will build faith in the reader? This is further confirmed by the writings of the apostle Paul, who wrote in Romans 10:17: “So belief (cometh) of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” To our knowledge this is the only verse in the bible that establishes the source of faith.
I believe the New Testament because I believe that Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James and Jude were honorable men of sound mind. Consider the alternatives. If their writings cannot be believed then it would mean that they were either: (1) very greatly deceived, or (2) the grossest of liars.
I guess it might be possible that they were deceived and really did not see the things that they said that they saw. But this is highly unlikely. In order for them to put together such a coherent and consistent account of events, both before and after the death of Jesus, they would have had to have communicated with each other. Confused and deceived men just do not do this. Even when people are in total agreement to work on a document for some mutually agreed upon purpose today, there are endless disagreements over the best way to express it, and we can say with almost certainty: they never get it right the first time. All evidence suggests that there was no single recognized authority other than the Lord Himself and the Holy Spirit that could have brought them together in such a complementary and mutually-supportive way. To think that these men were all out of their minds is just not plausible if we just honestly read what they have written and see the profoundly sublime nature of their writings.
So, is it possible that they conspired together to pull of one of the greatest scams ever perpetrated upon the human race. Again, the answer is in the words themselves. Read them and meditate upon them and then ask yourself: are these the words of conspiring liars? What motivation would they have to pull this off? We can see at first that it would have been very tempting to take advantage of the movement as literally thousands of people were being converted to Christ daily. But then came the persecution, the scattering, the threat of death, and in many cases death itself. It is clear that these men had no motivation to lie as did the many false teachers who came into their midst and tried to take advantage. Had they been out to build a large following they would have appealed to the lusts of the eye, the lusts of the flesh, and the vainglory of life, just as false teachers have always done, and just as they do today. Read it and meditate upon it and you will see that this just was not the case. These were faithful believers in the God of the Hebrews, and as such they were aware of the condemnation of people who would preach a gospel that was fiction (Galatians 1:8; 2 John 9; Revelation 22:18-19, etc.).
I believe the New Testament writers because I believe that the writers were honorable and good men who were of sound mind. They could not have written the document that we have today had they either been liars or deceivers. The alternatives are not feasible, and therefore it must be clear that what is written is indeed inspired by the Holy Spirit and from God.