Most conversations on this forum are based on the assumption that the Bible is the Word of God and fully trustworthy. I don't recall many, if any, that question that assumption. I would like to know why people do or do not believe the Bible.
Personally, I first believed in the Bible as God's Word when I was 19 years old and had a dramatic "born again" conversion at a "Praise the Lord" festival in Vancouver Washington. My new faith lasted for a few months. I was constantly reading the Bible and feeling amazed all the time. Then one day I was sitting at the "Cottage Inn" restaurant in Kenmore, Washington, reading Matthew and encountered this verse:Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. 28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.I remember it as if it were yesterday. I felt the "bubble" of my faith simply "pop" as I read that passage and realized that it was not true. Jesus did not come back "with the glory of his father" during the lifetime of those standing there hearing him make this prediction. I was totally confused and profoundly disturbed. I went to talk to the folks who had prayed with me when I converted and they had no answer, but rather tried to cast out the "demon of doubt." It was not long before I forgot all about my new religion.
Then a few years later I went to Washington State University to study Mathematics and Physics. I would see street preachers and confront them saying that if God wrote a book, I would expect it to be at least as precise and accurate as my Quantum Physics textbook. Then I met fellow student Robin Collins, who became my best friend. He is one of the smartest people I ever met (he got three degrees, Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy) and was also a very sincere tongue-speaking born-again Christian. After lots of interaction with him, I "returned" to the faith for a while, but it ultimately faded again.
Then I quit college after getting hung up on my PhD project and rode my bike from Seattle to Los Angeles and back, and then went to my first Rainbow Gathering in Texas (1988) after which I hitch-hiked all around the country. I became very interested in all forms of spirituality, and began searching all the worlds religions for the "ultimate unity" of them all. It was then that I encountered the I Ching, Astrology, Tarot, Kabbalah and the symbolic meaning of the Hebrew alphabet and gematria and a thousand other things. And during all my readings, I kept encountering references to the Bible. I was particularly intrigued by the Hebrew gematria of verses in the OT, and soon became convinced that it's alphanumeric design proved it was of God. I had forgotten all about Christ and thought I might convert to be a Jew. But then I met Mike Gridley who was a firm Christian. He pointed me back towards the NT and I began to search out Greek gematria of the NT and compare it to Hebrew gematria of the OT. It was at this time (1992) that I discovered my first "Holographs" and soon became convinced that the whole Bible was of God. And then I began to "realize" that I was a Christian - I felt like I was simply discovering faith in Christ "growing" in me of it's own accord. I used to liken myself to a pot of dirt in which the Word of God had been planted. I felt like I was discovering that I was a Christian rather than "choosing" it.
It was around this time (1993) that I discovered the Isaiah-Bible Correlation which seemed to be a very strong confirmation that the Bible was designed by God. And then in 1995 I discovered the Bible Wheel and this completed the "threefold thread" that I felt was strong evidence of the divine origin of the Bible: 1) Biblical Holographs (Gematria), 2) Isaiah-Bible Correlation, 3) The Bible Wheel.
As far as I know, the evidence presented in those three studies remains valid. And it is augmented by the "Big Picture" of fulfilled prophecy relating to the coming of Christ in the first century. These were the reasons that supported my belief that the Bible was the Word of God. Of course, it would have been pretty much meaningless if it had not been vivified by my personal experiences which I interpreted as "from God."
So why am I no longer a Christian if the evidence for it still stands? Well, it's because "evidence" means nothing until it is interpreted. And I believe my interpretation of the evidence was wrong. Yes, there is evidence that there is something "supernatural" going on in the Bible, but no, it does not prove any particular version of the many "Christianities" that are derived from the many contradictory interpretations of the Bible.
So those were my reasons. I would like to know your reasons. Why do you believe the Bible?