Peter was dealing this very issue of credibility and discerning fact-from-fiction when he penned this second epistle. Charlatans and skeptics were busy spreading lies and attacking the trustworthiness of the apostles. The first century church was under harassment from the outside and heresies on the inside. Peter wrote a brief statement to help these battered believers know for sure why they could trust all that he was teaching them about Christ. This passage serves a great apologetic text for helping us combat many of the criticisms leveled against the Bible and helps us to better understand how we can know that the Bible is reliable.