Is the Bible more than just a man made book, or is it really the written Word of God?
We all have a worldview of some kind. The way in which you view the world dictates your actions. Christians have a world view that is based off of the teachings of the Bible. We believe that this worldview is superior because the Bible is more than just a book, it is the very Word of God! What makes the Bible so special, and why is it superior to the many other religious books that are out there? Lets examine the facts.
1. The Bible was written by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In other words, the very pens used to write down the words of this Book were moved by God Himself.
2. The Bible is actually 66 individual books (or letters) that were written over a period of about 1500 years by around 40 different authors, many of whom never knew one another. The Bible speaks on life’s deepest and most controversial issues such as: How the universe came into existence, how man was created, why was man created, why is their pain and death, what happens when we die, and how to please God. With this many people discussing such a wide range of topics over 1500 years you would think that there would have to be some contradictions or discrepancies, yet the Bible has an internal consistencey that is clearly divine.
3. The Bible is the only religious book with any fulfilled predictive prophecy. This by itself places the Bible in a league of its own. Many people can attempt to predict the future, and sometimes they will occasionally guess right. The Bible however contains over 2000 prophecies, many of which have already come to pass and none of which ever were proven to be false!! For a list is some of the many fulfilled prophecies in the Bible click here. The Bible also contains over 300 prophecies on Jesus alone, all of which were fulfilled with perfect accuracy. The chances of Jesus even fulfilling just 8 of those prophecies would be 1 in 100 Quadrillion! For a list of some of the prophecies fulfilled by Jesus click here
4. The Bible is both scientifically and archeologically accurate. A book written over 1500 years ago before the invention of the powerful telescopes we have, and the many archeological finds we have since discovered would surely contain errors in both these areas. Not the Bible! The Bible has proven to be both a reliable guide to archeologist and amazingly scientifically accurate. Click here to check out some amazing truths on the scientific accuracy of the Bible. Check out this article by Answers in Genesis for some amazing facts about the archeological truths found in the Bible.
5. The Bible is also validated by the many surviving manuscripts we now posses that even predate the life of Christ, the correspondence between the early Church fathers and non-BIblical historians. God has promised to preserve His Word (Psalm12:6-7) and He has done just that.
The Bible is God’s written Word to you and me. The evidence is undeniable that it is truly the Word of God, and it is up to you to decide to obey what it says. The BIble shows us that we are all lost because of sin. If we die in our sin we will be lost forever in hell. God loves us so much that He made a way for us to be forgiven through Jesus Christ. Please check out “What is the Gospel” to read the most important message you will ever read, strait from the pages of The Bible, The true Word of God!
For an excellent article about the trustworthiness of the Bible, check out Charlie Campbell’s teaching on this subject at www.alwaysbeready.com
You can also check out this video series from our apologetics class that takes place Sunday morning at 8:30 AM.