I grew up on Bible stories. I loved hearing them, and as children do, I believed them. But come on you say, you’re an adult, isn’t it time stop believing in “stories?”
I suppose that’s a valid question, and it deserves a solid answer.
The truth is, I would stop believing if I thought they were only stories made up in the minds of men. But I am confident in the authority of the Bible as the Word of God from the mind of God given to human authors through the Spirit of God. That’s exactly what Peter said: “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:16, 20-21). David said, “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; His word was on my tongue” (2 Samuel 23:2). The Bible is not man-made stories to support a man-created God. Nor is it man’s ideas, thoughts, opinions or views on what God has said.
Think about it, if God desires to reveal Himself to humankind, why would he allow men to include fantasy and fallacy in the written account of Himself? Archeological finds such as the Dead Sea Scrolls confirm the accuracy of the Bible as we have it today. Most modern translations have been painstakingly taken from the ancient Hebrew and Greek from the most ancient manuscripts available and research has proven that any changes from those manuscripts are minimal and do not affect the original message.
That said, I don’t hold to the authority and authenticity of the Bible because of these things. They support my faith in the Bible, but they are not the reason I trust it. I believe in the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God because it has changed my life. It was there that I met Jesus and He turned this sinful woman into the daughter of the Most High God. That’s proof enough for me.