Key to the inductive argument for the inspiration of the Bible is that in every area where the Bible can be confirmed it has been proved that it is reliable in that area.
Before beginning to trudge through the vegetable garden, a view from the barn roof overhead shows us that the Bible has withstood the test of time. Throughout the years the Bible has stood up against every type of critic and doubter that decides to question it. No other book has been scrutinised and a subjected to such a sustained and brutal attack than the Bible has in the last two centuries, from the German school of source criticism and liberal theology of the nineteenth century, to the scientism and logical positivism of the early part of the twentieth century.
There are different ways in which areas of the Bible can be confirmed. External evidences are fun to look at at. These may include things like archeological discoveries of towns, cities, graves of people, ancient writings of Christian and non-Christian sources which offer incidental confirmations, and so forth. One interesting are of external evidences comes when passages of Bible are used as the basis for a scientific hypothesis, which are later confirmed to be true.
Then there are Internal evidences or clues, such as fulfilment of prophesies and typological models, undesigned coincidences, similarities in writing styles and vocabulary in books with the same same author, thematic cohesion between books produced in different times and places, agreement between different authors recording the same event, and so forth. One very interesting type of internal evidence are the bible codes found beneath the text. These could possibly be acrostic patterns in the ancient manuscripts, equidistant lettering systems, and numeric patterns confirming the teaching of other separate parts of the Bible.
|Biblical Reliability||External Evidence||Internal Evidence|
|Positive (offensive) Apologetics||External clues, i.e. Archeology, Non-Christian Sources.||Internal Clues, i.e. Undesigned Coincidences.|