As a former volunteer Bible study facilitator in our local jail, inmates have asked, “Just because you say the Bible is true, how do we know for sure?”
I appreciate people who are thinkers. After all, who am I? So if I get that question, I have my list of some of the ways we know the Bible is God’s Word.
The Bible tells us in many places: “The Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). The word of our God endures forever (Isaiah 40:8).” The gospel is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). These are just a few.
But, in addition to what the Bible says about itself, there are books on the subject. One of my favorites is Josh McDowell’ s classic, The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict. One of my favorite websites for accurate information on faith and the Bible is: www.gotquestions.org .
Ten reasons we KNOW the Bible is true:
- The Bible is unique: Sixty-six books, written over 1600 years, in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek) by 40 authors from many walks of life, from kings to peasants. It has hundreds of controversial subjects, yet all writers are in harmony and in agreement.
- Archaeological findings substantiate the Bible’s truth.
- Scientific evidence: In Job 26:7 we read that “God suspends the earth over nothing.” How did Job know that the earth hung in space? The Holy Spirit must have revealed it to him. Moreover, we know that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 when people then believed the world was flat. Yet 900 B.C. Isaiah wrote that God sits upon the circle of the earth.” The word circle here means a globe or sphere.
- The historian Josephus, a contemporary of Jesus, but not a follower of Jesus, wrote about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
- Fulfilled prophecies – 300 prophecies about Jesus Christ in the Old Testament are fulfilled in the New Testament. Some of the most well-known: Isaiah 52 and 53, and Psalms 22.
- In Genesis 12:7, God promised that the land of Israel was to be for Abraham’s descendants. When they were later disobedient God prophesied 22 times that He would scatter them among the nations if they didn’t turn from their sinful ways. They didn’t and they were scattered as He promised. In 1948 the land of Israel was returned back to the Jewish people for the second time in history. No other nation in the history of the world has been scattered from its homeland and then returned! Israel has done it twice. In the book of Daniel we read about the coming of the four great kingdoms: from Babylon, to Medo-Persia, to Greece and to Rome centuries before some of those kingdoms came on the scene. It’s interesting that the writings of Buddha and Confucius lack any predictive prophecies about the future. In the Quran, Mohammad prophesied that he would return to Mecca. It was a self-fulfilling prophecy which he did fulfill.
- Jesus accepted the Bible as God’s Word: John 10:35, Matt 5:18, Matt 15:3, Matt 22:31, Mark 7:13 and Luke 24:27, 44, among others.
- The Bible has not changed over time. The Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1947 were proof that the Old Testament writings are the very same today as when they were written. Muslims claim the Bible has been changed. Mohammad lived 600 years after Christ. There are authentic manuscripts in the original Greek and Hebrew languages available today which date from centuries before the coming of Mohammad. These manuscripts can be compared to our present-day Bible. It’s the same. “The Bible has survived in a purer form than any other great book – a form that is 99.5% pure,” according to Norman Geisler’s Introduction to the Bible.
- The indestructibility of the Bible—for thousands of years there have been many attempts to destroy it.
- The Bible writers endured great persecution for what they believed. They were eyewitnesses to Jesus’ resurrection or His existence and held to their story even until death. According to www.gotquestions.org Matthew was slain by a sword in Ethiopia. Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India. Matthias, the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded. John survived being boiled in oil and was later banished to Patmos. Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Greece. Peter was crucified upside down. Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael, was martyred for preaching in Armenia, Paul was beheaded at Rome by Emperor Nero. Would anyone endure such torture for a lie?
- MOST important: The evidence of changed lives in the followers of Jesus.
- For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21
- SONG: Into the Light – By Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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