I believe it is. Man has made it easier to read but the story and theme is the same. 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 says it is God breathed & inspired. Materials used for writing it were papyrus-Parchment-Scrools-- clay and animal skins. Reeds were used to write it and ink was made from charcoal.. God gave mankind the knowledge needed to write. It was written over 1600 years by at least 40 men and the story line flowed perfectly. We have thousands of manuscripts on hand in libraries. We have thousands if archaeological finds to prove writings and names of leaders. It has survived over 3500 years even though men have tried every method to destroy it. It was the first book printed on the printing press. The Dead Sea Scrolls have proven its truth. Only those that dont want to believe our Bible .. Deny its truth. More Bibles are printed yearly than any book in history. YES it is 100% reliable.
It depends on what religion you are. All religions are not completely accurate. If you logically think about it there are many things that do not make sense. If you truly believe in your religion you can believe in the bible
The original writings of the Bible have been lost. But before they were lost, they were copied. These copies were incredibly accurate, very meticulous, and very precise. The people who copied them were extremely dedicated to God and their copying tasks. They took great care when copying the original manuscripts. This copying method is so exact, and so precise, that the New Testament alone is considered to be 99.5% textually pure. This means that of the 6000 Greek copies (the New Testament was written in Greek), and the additional 21,000 copies in other languages, there is only one half of 1% variation. Of this very slight number, the great majority of the variants are easily corrected by comparing them to other copies that don't have the "typos" or by simply reading the context. You should know that copying mistakes occur in such ways as word repetition, spelling, or a single word omission due to the copyist missing something when moving his eyes from one line to another. The variants are very minor. Nothing affects doctrinal truth and the words and deeds of Christ are superbly reliably transmitted to ushttp://carm.org/is-the-bible-reliable
It is not reliable in any situation. It is not historically reliable, the stories that weren't borrowed from other previous mythologies were mostly made up. It is not spiritually reliable, most atheists were once Christian until reading the bible and then asking questions it raised. It is not morally reliable, there are more stories that show its god to be a vengeful, angry, and spiteful god, then show it to be a god of love. And most of all, due to the above mentioned conditions, it isn't even reliable in convincing logical minds that it was inspired by a god. Had it been the work of a superior being that was all knowing, ever present, and timeless, it would clearly present its message in such a way that no, comparatively, simple minded human would ever doubt it. A god would have also inspired humans across the world all at the same time to write a bible, not just a small region in the backwoods of the middle-east. Though I take it back, it's not completely unreliable, it's a convincing example of just how badly the human mind wants a god to exist, so much so that many humans will willfully ignore these inconsistencies in order to feel good.
The NT is completely unreliable. Among the 5,000 or so extant Greek and Latin manuscripts there are more variants than there are words in the NT! True, many of the variants are insignificant, but some are extreme significant and relate to core Christian beliefs. In contrast, the Tanach, which you may call the OT, is highly reliable. The MT is different in only very few places from the Dead Sea Scrolls, and is highly reliable. There are differences with the LXX though, but the MT is much more reliable than the LXX. In summary, the NT is unreliable, but the Tanach is highly reliable. Strawberry girl in her answer tried to argue for the reliability of the NT due to some so called meticulous copying method. These are fantasies. Early NT manuscripts were copied by untrained unprofessional individuals, who often changed the text to what they thought it should be, or mis copied because of negligence or incompetence. Regardless if the reason, the huge number if NT textual variants attests to its unreliability. That's why there are so many versions of the NT but only one Tanach: each committee chooses a different mix of manuscripts and composes a different amalgam of text.
Reliable for what purpose? In what way? I believe it is completely reliable to show God's fact of creation, relationship, broken relationship and God's love and grace to restore that broken relationship with creation.
Just as Betty mentioned above, 2 Timothy 3:16,17 says that "all scripture is inspired for teaching, reproving, and setting things straight." So it's the most reliable book we can find anywhere. It is also practical for our day. Any troubles we are facing, from emotional to financial, the bible gives us key pointers and advice that we can live by.
2 Timothy 3:16. "The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teaches what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right." (Living Bible). It does not help those who do not believe and say: "There is no God." Psalms 14:1
9 months ago
Last edited at 6:55AM on 3/16/2013
Though the bible was written by men receiving a message from god with the story of Jesus included in there, the bible is subject to men's interpretation and views on life and therefore is fallible. But the true teachings in the bible, are there to guide us and to give us wisdom for our lives. It may not be perfect, but it has continued to help people for hundreds of years, so there must be something to it. : D
Yes, The Bible specifically tell us at 2 Timothy 3:16 -"All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness." Both Old and New Testament was inspired by God and he used man to write the book. If you examine the prophecies and look at what is taking place today - it is being fulfilled - yet it was foretold many years ago.
I am presuming, Macroangel, that you are female based on the image your username conjured, and this answer is for a female. When you decide for yourself, it is worth thinking about what the Bible says about even asking that question. 1 Corinthians 14 34 Women[f] should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.[g]