Evídence for the Truth of

The Bíbíe
Author Unknown::Compííed by Líve Oak Chrístían Church
There have been hundreds of books written on the subject of the evidences of the
divine inspiration of the Bible, and these evidences are many and varied. Most people
today, unfortunately, have not read any of these books. In fact, few have even read the
Bible itself! Thus, many people tend to go along with the popular delusion that the Bible
is full of mistakes and is no longer relevant to our modern world.
Nevertheless the Bible writers claimed repeatedly that they were transmitting the very
Word of God, infallible and authoritative in the highest degree. This is an amazing thing
for any writer to say, and if the forty or so men who wrote the Scriptures were wrong in
these claims, then they must have been lying, or insane, or both.
But, on the other hand, if the greatest and most influential book of the ages, containing
the most beautiful literature and the most perfect moral code ever devised, was written
by deceiving fanatics, then what hope is there for ever finding meaning and purpose in
this world?
If one will seriously investigate these Biblical evidences, he will find that their claims of
divine inspiration (stated over 3,000 times, in various ways) were amply justified.
Fulfilled Prophecies
The remarkable evidence of fulfilled prophecy is just one case in point. Hundreds of
Bible prophecies have been fulfilled, specifically and meticulously, often long after the
prophetic writer had passed away.
For example, Daniel the prophet predicted in about 538 BC (Daniel 9:24-27) that Christ
would come as Israel's promised Savior and Prince 483 years after the Persian emperor
would give the Jews authority to rebuild Jerusalem, which was then in ruins. This was
clearly and definitely fulfilled, hundreds of years later.
There are extensive prophecies dealing with individual nations and cities and with the
course of history in general, all of which have been literally fulfilled. More than 300
prophecies were fulfilled by Christ Himself at His first coming. Other prophecies deal
with the spread of Christianity, as well as various false religions, and many other
subjects.
There is no other book, ancient or modern, like this. The vague, and usually erroneous,
prophecies of people like Jeanne Dixon, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and others like
them are not in the same category at all, and neither are other religious books such as
the Koran, the Confucian Analects, and similar religious writings. Only the Bible
manifests this remarkable prophetic evidence, and it does so on such a tremendous
scale as to render completely absurd any explanation other than divine revelation.
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Unique Historical Accuracy
The historical accuracy of the Scriptures is likewise in a class by itself, far superior to
the written records of Egypt, Assyria, and other early nations. Archeological
confirmations of the Biblical record have been almost innumerable in the last century.
Dr. Nelson Glueck, probably the greatest modern authority on Israeli archeology, has
said:
"No archeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of
archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail
historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical
descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries."
Scientific Accuracy
Another striking evidence of divine inspiration is found in the fact that many of the
principles of modern science were recorded as facts of nature in the Bible long before
scientist confirmed them experimentally. A sampling of these would include:
Roundness of the earth (Isaiah 40:22)
Almost infinite extent of the sidereal universe (Isaiah 55:9)
Law of conservation of mass and energy (II Peter 3:7)
Hydrologic cycle (Ecclesiastes 1:7)
Vast number of stars (Jeremiah 33:22)
Law of increasing entropy (Psalm 102:25-27)
Paramount importance of blood in life processes (Leviticus 17:11)
Atmospheric circulation (Ecclesiastes 1:6)
Gravitational field (Job 26:7)
and many others.
These are not stated in the technical jargon of modern science, of course, but in terms
of the basic world of man's everyday experience; nevertheless, they are completely in
accord with the most modern scientific facts.
It is significant also that no real mistake has ever been demonstrated in the Bible—in
science, in history, or in any other subject. Many have been claimed, of course, but
conservative Bible scholars have always been able to work out reasonable solutions to
all such problems.
Unique Structure
The remarkable structure of the Bible should also be stressed. Although it is a collection
of 66 books, written by 40 or more different men over a period of 2,000 years, it is
clearly one Book, with perfect unity and consistency throughout.
The individual writers, at the time of writing, had no idea that their message was
eventually to be incorporated into such a Book, but each nevertheless fits perfectly into
place and serves its own unique purpose as a component of the whole. Anyone who
diligently studies the Bible will continually find remarkable structural and mathematical
patterns woven throughout its fabric, with an intricacy and symmetry incapable of
explanation by chance or collusion.
The one consistent theme of the Bible, developing in grandeur from Genesis to
Revelation, is God's great work in the creation and redemption of all things, through His
only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Bible's Unique Effect
The Bible is unique also in terms of its effect on individual men and on the history of
nations. It is the all-time best seller, appealing both to hearts and minds, beloved by at
least some in every race or nation or tribe to which it has gone, rich or poor, scholar or
simple, king or commoner, men of literally every background and walk of life. No other
book has ever held such universal appeal nor produced such lasting effects.
One final evidence that the Bible is true is found in the testimony of those who have
believed it. Multitudes of people, past and present, have found from personal
experience that its promises are true, its counsel is sound, its commands and
restrictions are wise, and its wonderful message of salvation meets every need for both
time and eternity.
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Starting the Foundation
Proving whether something is true or not is called apologetics. This word is derived from
the Greek word “apologia,” which means “to defend.” The entire Clarifying Christianity
site is filled with apologetics—proofs and explanations for many Christian-related
issues. The focus of this page is the proof supporting the accuracy of the Bible. After all,
if the Bible is not true or if it is filled with errors, Christianity would only be a “blind
faith”—something people believe without any evidence to support it.
However, Christianity is not a blind faith. It is the only religion that can prove itself, and a
main source of that proof is the Bible. Although it is becoming less common, there are
still people who tell others that they follow Christianity “because it feels right” (or use
wording like that). This is unfortunate, since there is a lot of evidence supporting
Christianity. The existence of all that evidence is one reason we started this site. We
want people to learn about the solid evidence that supports their faith, and have a place
that collected that evidence so they can show it to others.
By the way, if you would like some reference materials that are a little more portable
than a computer with an Internet connection, a book we recommend is Know Why You
Believe by Paul Little. This book is available in larger bookstores and most Christian
bookstores. Also, the Tucson Community Church recorded a seminar called “Knowing
The Facts Behind The Faith.” It is available on DVD and VHS video (NTSC format). If
you are interested in purchasing a copy, you can get one directly from the church that
produces them at the Tucson Community Church website. They also handle
international orders.
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The Proof of Science
There is a great deal of scientific evidence that supports the Bible. Enough that we have
a separate page to discuss this proof alone. If you would like to see our science page,
click on this sentence.
The Bible is not a science book, yet it is scientifically accurate. We are not aware of
any scientific evidence that contradicts the Bible. We have listed statements on this
page that are consistent with known scientific facts. Many of them were listed in the
Bible hundreds or even thousands of years before being recorded elsewhere. Many
concepts and notes on this page are adapted from ideas and statements that appear
in The DEFENDERʼS Study Bible.[1]
Paleontology
Dinosaurs are referred to in several Bible books. The book of Job describes two
dinosaurs. One is described in chapter 40 starting at verse 15, and the other in
chapter 41 starting at verse 1. We think you will agree that 1½ chapters about
dinosaurs is a lot—since most people do not even realize that they are mentioned in
the Bible. (Actually reading the Bible would help, though. ) Click this sentence to
see our Dinosaurs page if you would like more information in this subject area.
Astronomy
The Bible frequently refers to the great number of stars in the heavens. Here are two
examples.
Genesis 22:17
Blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars
of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall
possess the gate of their enemies.
Jeremiah 33:22
“As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so
will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to
Me.”
Even today, scientists admit that they do not know how many stars there are. Only
about 3,000 can be seen with the naked eye. We have seen estimates of 1021 stars
—which is a lot of stars.[2] (The number of grains of sand on the earthʼs seashores
is estimated to be 1025. As scientists discover more stars, wouldnʼt it be interesting
to discover that these two numbers match?)
The Bible also says that each star is unique.
1 Corinthians 15:41
There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the
stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
All stars look alike to the naked eye.* Even when seen through a telescope, they
seem to be just points of light. However, analysis of their light spectra reveals that
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each is unique and different from all others.[1] (*Note: We understand that people
can perceive some slight difference in color and apparent brightness when looking at
stars with the naked eye, but we would not expect a person living in the first century
A.D. to claim they differ from one another.)
The Bible describes the precision of movement in the universe.
Jeremiah 31:35,36
Thus says the LORD,
Who gives the sun for a light by day,
The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
Who disturbs the sea,
And its waves roar
(The LORD of hosts is His name):
“If those ordinances depart
From before Me, says the LORD,
Then the seed of Israel shall also cease
From being a nation before Me forever.”
The Bible describes the suspension of the Earth in space.
Job 26:7
He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
Meteorology
The Bible describes the circulation of the atmosphere.
Ecclesiastes 1:6
The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.
The Bible includes some principles of fluid dynamics.
Job 28:25
To establish a weight for the wind,
And apportion the waters by measure.
The fact that air has weight was proven scientifically only about 300 years ago. The
relative weights of air and water are needed for the efficient functioning of the
worldʼs hydrologic cycle, which in turn sustains life on the earth.[1] (If you are a
physics enthusiast, please ignore our omission of the terms mass, gravity, and
density from this comment.)
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Biology
The book of Leviticus (written prior to 1400 BC) describes the value of blood.
Leviticus 17:11
ʻFor the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to
make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the
soul.ʼ
The blood carries water and nourishment to every cell, maintains the bodyʼs
temperature, and removes the waste material of the bodyʼs cells. The blood also
carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. In 1616, William Harvey
discovered that blood circulation is the key factor in physical life—confirming what
the Bible revealed 3,000 years earlier.[1]
The Bible describes biogenesis (the development of living organisms from other
living organisms) and the stability of each kind of living organism.
Genesis 1:11,12
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the
fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”;
and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according
to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind.
And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:21
So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which
the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its
kind. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:25
And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its
kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that
it was good.
The phrase “according to its kind” occurs repeatedly, stressing the reproductive
integrity of each kind of animal and plant. Today we know this occurs because all of
these reproductive systems are programmed by their genetic codes.[1]
The Bible describes the chemical nature of flesh.
Genesis 2:7
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his
nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Genesis 3:19
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.
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It is a proven fact that a personʼs mental and spiritual health is strongly correlated
with physical health.[1] The Bible revealed this to us with these statements (and
others) written by King Solomon about 950 BC.
Proverbs 12:4
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
Proverbs 14:30
A sound heart is life to the body,
But envy is rottenness to the bones.
Proverbs 15:30
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
And a good report makes the bones healthy.
Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Proverbs 17:22
A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Statements Consistent With Anthropology
We have cave paintings and other evidence that people inhabited caves. The Bible
also describes cave men.
Job 30:5,6
They were driven out from among men,
They shouted at them as at a thief.
They had to live in the clefts of the valleys,
In caves of the earth and the rocks.
Note that these were not ape-men, but descendants of those who scattered from
Babel. They were driven from the community by those tribes who competed
successfully for the more desirable regions of the earth. Then for some reason they
deteriorated mentally, physically, and spiritually.[1] (Go into a bad part of your town
and you will see this concept in action today.)
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Hydrology
The bible includes reasonably complete descriptions of the hydrologic cycle.[3]
Psalm 135:7
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
Jeremiah 10:13
When He utters His voice,
There is a multitude of waters in the heavens:
“And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”
In these verses you can see several phases of the hydrologic cycle—the worldwide
processes of evaporation, translation aloft by atmospheric circulation, condensation
with electrical discharges, and precipitation.[1]
Job 36:27-29
For He draws up drops of water,
Which distill as rain from the mist,
Which the clouds drop down
And pour abundantly on man.
Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds,
The thunder from His canopy?
This simple verse has remarkable scientific insight. The drops of water which
eventually pour down as rain first become vapor and then condense to tiny liquid
water droplets in the clouds. These finally coalesce into drops large enough to
overcome the updrafts that suspend them in the air.[1]
The Bible describes the recirculation of water.
Ecclesiastes 1:7
All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.
Isaiah 55:10
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
The Bible refers to the surprising amount of water that can be held as condensation
in clouds.
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Job 26:8
He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
Job 37:11
Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds;
He scatters His bright clouds.
Hydrothermal vents[4] are described in two books of the Bible written before 1400BC
—more than 3,000 years before their discovery by science.
Genesis 7:11
In the six hundredth year of Noahʼs life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of
the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the
windows of heaven were opened.
Job 38:16
Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
We discuss the “fountains of the great deep” further in our Creation Versus Evolution
page.
Geology
The Bible describes the Earthʼs crust (along with a comment on astronomy).
Jeremiah 31:37
Thus says the LORD:
“If heaven above can be measured,
And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
I will also cast off all the seed of Israel
For all that they have done, says the LORD.”
Although some scientists claim that they have now measured the size of the
universe, it is interesting to note that every human attempt to drill through the earthʼs
crust to the plastic mantle beneath has, thus far, ended in failure.[1]
The Bible described the shape of the earth centuries before people thought that the
earth was spherical.
Isaiah 40:22
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
The word translated “circle” here is the Hebrew word chuwg which is also translated
“circuit,” or “compass” (depending on the context). That is, it indicates something
spherical, rounded, or arched—not something that is flat or square.
The book of Isaiah was written sometime between 740 and 680 BC. This is at least
300 years before Aristotle suggested that the earth might be a sphere in this book
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On the Heavens.
This brings up an important historical note related to this topic. Many people are
aware of the conflict between Galileo and the Roman Catholic Pope, Paul V. After
publishing A Dialogue on the Two Principal Systems of the World, Galileo was
summoned to Rome, where he was forced to renounce his findings. (At that time,
“theologians” of the Roman Catholic Church maintained that the Earth was the
center of the universe, and to assert otherwise was deemed heretical.)
We could not find any place in the Bible that claims that the Earth is flat, or that it is
the center of the universe. History shows that this conflict, which took place at the
time of the Inquisition, was part of a power struggle. As a result, scientific and biblical
knowledge became casualties—an effect we still feel to this day.
Physics
The Bible suggests the presence of nuclear processes like those we associate with
nuclear weaponry. This is certainly not something that could have been explained in
67 AD using known scientific principles (when Peter wrote the following verse).
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will
pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the
earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
The television is a practical (if not always worthwhile ) device that uses
electromagnetic waves (which transmit its video signal). The Bible contains
passages that describe something like television—something that allows everyone
on earth see a single event. (Note: such passages typically refer to the end of time.
It may not be long before all of us learn for sure whether the Bible is true or not.)
Matthew 24:30
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the
earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory.
Revelation 11:9-11
Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies
three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And
those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to
one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and
they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
Things In The Bible That Science Can Not Explain
The purpose of this page is not to explain what a great science text the Bible is, but
to show that it is consistent with scientific facts. Still, the Bible mentions some things
that we can not explain. Yet, if God is really God, He should have the ability to do
some things we can not explain.
In the last 100 years (and especially in the last ten) scientists discovered many
proofs that confirm the Bibleʼs accuracy. Since these proofs support the accuracy of
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the text we can understand scientifically, it makes sense to trust the Bibleʼs text that
we can not yet understand. (For example, how many people knew what
hydrothermal vents were 30 years ago?) If you would like to see the proof we have
for the accuracy of the Bible, click on the link below.
The Proof of Prophecy
One of the strongest arguments for the accuracy of the Bible is its 100% accuracy in
predicting the future. These future predictions are called “prophecies.” The Old
Testament was written between approximately 1450 BC and 430 BC. During that time,
many predictions of the future were recorded in the Bible by Godʼs prophets. Of the
events that were to have taken place by now, every one happened just the way they
predicted it would. No other “sacred writing” has such perfectly accurate predictions of
the future.
One Type—The Messianic Prophecies
Of these prophecies, the most striking examples are the predictions about an “anointed
one” (“Messiah” in Hebrew) who was to arrive in the future. About 4 BC, a miraculous
event occurred—a boy named Jesus was born to a virgin named Mary. You can read
His story in the book of Luke. Starting at age 30, Jesus fulfilled more and more of these
prophecies written about the Messiah. His fulfillment of these prophecies was very
spectacular: Jesus gave sight to the blind, made the lame walk, cured those who had
leprosy, gave the deaf hearing, and raised people from the dead! These miracles and
others were done many times in front of thousands of witnesses for three years. About
30 AD, Jesus was crucified (a prophecy) and died (a prophecy). Three days later he
rose from the dead (another prophecy), after which He was seen by over 500
witnesses. Since these prophecies were written down at least 400 years before they
happened, there is no doubt that the Bibleʼs writers were inspired supernaturally—by
God. To examine these prophecies yourself, click on the link below.
The Messianic Prophecies
A Second Type—Fulfilled Prophecy Dealing With Nations
There are many prophecies that can be proven through archaeology, especially
prophecy dealing with entire nations. Typically, when God declared judgment on a
nation, He would send a prophet to announce to the citizens why He was judging them
and what He was going to do to them if they continued their evil behavior. On occasion,
God would also tell the citizens how He would reward them if they started doing what
was right. The book of Jonah records a case where the Assyrians stopped doing what
was evil as a result of Jonahʼs short prophecy. This is what God wanted, and God did
not punish them as a result of their change of heart. However, most often the people
would jeer at Godʼs prophet and continue their bad behavior—later becoming recipients
of the exact punishment that God threatened.
Like other prophecy recorded in the Bible, these predictions support the supernatural
inspiration of the Bible. The prophecies recorded in the Bible came true in such a
detailed way that they could not have been predicted by chance. Further, archaeologists
have evidence that these prophecies were written down many years before they were
fulfilled, proving that they were not falsified documents claiming to be prophecies that
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came true. (The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls stopped the majority of that talk.)
Although an entire web site could be filled with this information, we will provide one
example—the foretelling of the destruction of Edom and its capital city of Petra.
Click here for an example of fulfilled prophecy dealing with nations
The Proof of Textual Evidence
Both the Old and New Testaments are strongly supported by manuscript evidence (the
evidence of early hand written copies). The famous Dead Sea Scrolls are one example
of the Old Testament evidence. These documents came from the “library” of a
settlement founded at Qumran before 150 B.C. and abandoned about 68 A.D. Some of
the manuscript copies were made during that period, and some were written earlier
(third century BC) and brought to the settlement. Ignoring spelling-oriented
(orthographic) changes and similar small differences, the Dead Sea Scrolls match the
Hebrew text behind todayʼs Old Testament, in spite of the passage of over 2,000 years
(where one would expect errors to creep in).
Over 20,000 known manuscripts document the New Testament text. This makes the
New Testament the most reliable document of antiquity (a document written before the
printing press). These manuscripts vary in size from a part of a page to an entire Bible
(Old and New Testaments). The earliest New Testament manuscripts date from the
second century (100-199) AD These manuscript copies were written in different
languages by people of different nationalities, cultures, and backgrounds. In spite of all
those differences between them, the New Testament texts all agree. (That is, those
differences that we do observe between these hand written documents are occasional
changes in the spelling of names or isolated cases of missing or changed words. Still,
since we have so many copies, it is obvious to anyone but the hardened skeptic can
that they all represent the same text.)
Note: Those minor differences that do exist between the Old and New Testament
manuscripts are interesting for academic reasons. They are the topic of a future “in
depth” Clarifying Christianity page. (It is currently about 10,000 words long and still
under construction—stay tuned.)
The Proof of People Living at the Time of Christ
Special proof exists for the New Testament, since Christians were strongly persecuted
by both the Jews and the Roman government. If the New Testament writings were false,
these two groups would have produced a great deal of evidence to stop the growth of
this “sect.” None exists. Further, the New Testament writings (before they were
assembled into the “book” we call the New Testament) circulated during the lifetimes of
thousands of people who had actually seen Jesusʼ miracles and other historic events.
No one ever refuted the New Testament writings as “fairy tales.”
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The Proof of Historians
Secular history supports the Bible. For example, in The Antiquities of the Jews, book 18,
chapter 3, paragraph 3 the famous historian Flavius Josephus writes:
“Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for
he was a doer of wonderful works—a teacher of such men as receive the truth with
pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He
was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us,
had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him,
for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold
these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of
Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.”
In 115 AD, P. Cornelius Tacitus wrote the following passage that refers to Jesus (called
“Christus,” which means “The Messiah”) in book 15, chapter 44 of The Annals:
“Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most
exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the
populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty
during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and
a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only
in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and
shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly,
an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an
immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of
hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with
the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or
were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight
had expired.”
From www.clarifyingchristianity.com
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How Do I know the Bible is REALLY from God?
Your question is a good one. Many times people will raise an objection to a Christian's
belief in the Bible as being the infallible word of God. They claim that using the Bible to
support the Bible is "circular reasoning" ( testing the validity of an idea by its own
pronouncements). This is not so.
We must first remember in discussing the claims of the Bible with anyone, that the Bible
is not a single, autonomous work. Rather, it is a collection of 66 different books written
over a vast time span in three languages on three continents with authors from every
station in life. These ancient works cover every major topic dealing with the human
condition including: love, hate, death, sin, marriage, civil laws, and relationships with
each other as well as with God. Although these works were written independently, they
show an amazing congruency and they never contradict each other!
When Paul writes "All scriptures is inspired by God (II Tim 3:16)", his primary reference
is the Old Testament, which was completed 400 years previously. This is not to say that
the verse doesn't apply to the New Testament as well, but Paul's subject matter was the
Scriptures Timothy was taught as a child. Paul believes the Scriptures are "God-
breathed"; that is they hold the same authority as if God were to come down and speak
to you directly. Every word recorded in the original documents is considered to be
chosen by God.
So, our first point is that the testimony of Paul establishes a point of view that holds the
Scriptures very highly. We know that the early church believed the Scriptures were
inspired, we must now find out how to demonstrate that fact. Before going too far, I
would ask your friend what type of evidence is he willing to accept to demonstrate the
Bible as the Word of God? We obviously cannot go into a laboratory and test for "God
residue" on the text, so to ask for scientific proof is impossible. (Likewise, asking for
scientific proof that one loves his spouse is absurd. True science is limited to making
claims on that which it can disprove through experimentation. Since science does not
have any objective standards for measuring "God-ness", it cannot be asked to make a
determination on His existence.) This doesn't mean we cannot reach a satisfactory
conclusion based on the evidence before us, though.
What we are really interested in, then, is to determine if the Bible is a book that is the
true words of God given to men, or is it merely the words of men written about God? If it
is the latter, then it should display characteristics like those of other books written by
men about God. It really shouldn't be all that different from many other works we
possess. However, if it did come from God... well it should be astoundingly different. It
should be a very one of a kind collection. It should be unique.
Let's examine what we do know about the Bible and see if it aligns with what we'd
expect from a message whose source is God. We'll accept the premises that God exists
and He created humanity with a desire to know Him. Anyone questioning these ideas is
arguing another point; one which must be addressed separately. In his landmark
Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Josh Mc Dowell notes that if God created man with
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a desire to know Him, we would expect His message to have some unique properties:
(1)
It would be widely distributed so man could attain it easily
It would be preserved through time without corruption
It would be completely accurate historically.
It would not be prone to scientific error or false beliefs held by the people of that time.
It would present true, unified answers to the difficult questions of life.
The Bible stands alone as the only religious text that can claim it meets all the above
criteria. I think it would be helpful if we compare the Bible with some of the other ancient
texts and see just how unique the Bible is.
External evidence for the validity of the documents
The first qualification listed above is any message from the Creator would have to
distribute His message to a wide audience. The Bible is next to none in this test.(2) It is
the most published book in history, with the widest distribution of any published work. It
has been translated into more languages than any other book. It is the most sold book
in history. It was the first book published with moveable type. It is still the #1 best seller
of any book. Now, none of these feats prove that the Bible was inspired. They are,
however, consistent with what we would expect of God's message if He were trying to
let us know about Himself and His plan for us. In other words, one cannot disqualify the
Bible on this point. Many other ancient writings fall short, but it behaves as we would
expect.
We also agreed that the message would be able to last through time. If God's message
to you got lost, then of what use is it to you? If the message is corrupted in some way,
how do you know which parts are from God and which are not? This is a tricky point to
understand. This does not mean that no one will ever be able to mis-translate the Bible
or add things to it, for I can write down a verse in this letter and copy it incorrectly. It
does mean that we should be able to somehow discern where the errors in the copies
are and also know the original intent of the message.
Because ancient writing surfaces were natural in their origin, they could decay easily.
Papyrus, clay, and animal skins of the Old World did not have an incredibly long "shelf
life". Therefore, we do not have any of the original documents (called autographs) that
the Biblical authors wrote. However, we do have copies of the originals (called
manuscripts) and can compare them to discern what were in the originals, and what
wasn't. The more copies you have from different places, and the closer they are in age
to the original, makes the process more assured. It's like the old game "telephone";
those who are closer to the originator of the message got more of it right than those at
the end of the line. Also, by giving the same message to five or six telephone lines, with
some effort you could probably reconstruct the original message by what the
participants recall.
Now, this entire exercise is nothing restricted to the Bible alone. Every ancient
document is tested as to its reliability in this same way. Historians look for copies of the
text, from where they originated, their age and proximity to the autographs, and if the
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documents were quoted in other works to help them in determining the closest
rendering of the text to its original form.
The Bible has an incredible amount of manuscript evidence to authenticate its message
as it was originally written. Of every ancient literary or historical work, none can come
remotely close to the huge amount of manuscript evidence for the New Testament.(3)
There are over 5,300 manuscripts or parts of manuscripts we can examine today. If you
count all the early copies of translations of the New Testament, the number skyrockets
to over 24,000. This is such an astounding amount, it's about 43 times as much as the
second most prevalent writing, The Iliad, with only 643. Both The Iliad and the Bible
were works venerated as sacred writings, and viewed as having the answers to
questions of the supernatural and the afterlife. Both fought attempts at additions, textual
changes and corruption. The Iliad has over 400 lines in doubt out of 15,600. The New
Testament with 20,000 lines has 40 lines in doubt, none of which substantially change
its message.
Further, if we look at the time gap between the originals and the earliest copies of these
cherished texts, we again see that the New Testament is far more reliable. The Iliad has
a gap of about 500 years before the first manuscripts appear, where the Bible's books
have pieces ranging from as close as 35 years after the original composition.
The Old Testament, unfortunately, does not share the wealth of manuscript evidence
that the New Testament possesses. However, because of the Dead Sea Scrolls and
other discoveries, along with ancient Hebrew sources that quote from the Old
Testament, we are assured that it is in the same form as it was in Jesus' day. The Dead
Sea Scrolls themselves included almost all of the Old Testament canon and they date
from 250B.C. to 100A.D. Also, the copies of the Septuagint, which was a Greek version
of the Old Testament written about 250B.C., show the text we have today has been
nearly perfectly preserved.
Next, we must look at the facts of history and see whether the Bible reports these
accurately. If this truly is a book written by God, then the facts must be presented
unerringly. We have many written sources outside the Bible that corroborate its
documentation. Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian who lived in the first century.
He not only preserves many traditions about events that are mentioned in the Old
Testament, but also corroborates the existence of John the Baptist(Ant. XVIII.5.2),
where it also mentions that Herod had him imprisoned and put to death. He also
mentions James as the brother of Jesus along with his death by the high priest Annas
(Ant. XX 9:1). Lastly, he mentions Jesus himself, who he characterizes as "a wise man".
He further reports that people viewed Him as the Christ and that Jesus appeared to His
disciples three days after Pilate put Him to death(Ant. XVIII.33). Remember, Josephus
is a Jew, and would be adverse to Christianity and its message.
Other early documents authenticate the Bible accounts. The Jewish Talmud mentions
Jesus and records His death on the eve of Passover. The early church quotes from the
New Testament and authenticates it. Thallus, a Samaritan historian who wrote in 52
A.D. mentions the crucifixion, as did Phlegon, the Roman historian.
There's also a letter sent by a Syrian man sent to his son. It was written sometime near
the end of the first century, or possibly the beginning of the second. The man's name
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was Mara Bar-Serapion and he was serving a prison sentence. He wrote to encourage
his son and charge him to seek wisdom. In the letter it says,
"What advantage did the Athenians gain from putting Socrates to death? Famine and
plague came upon them as a judgment for their crime. What advantage did the men of
Samos gain from burning Pythagoras? In a moment their land was covered with sand.
What advantage did the Jews gain from executing their wise King? It was just after that
that their kingdom was abolished. God justly avenged these three wise men."
Note the reference to Jesus being put to death is in a historical context. The letter also
shows that Jesus claimed to be the King of the Jews and that He taught wisely.
Archaeology has also borne out the reliability of the Bible. Everywhere the archaeologist
searches, he uncovers discoveries that bolster, not refute support of the Bible as being
a true account of history. Archaeological digs have uncovered a stele dedicated to
Pontius Pilate and even found the remains of a crucified man, with the nail still in the
bones of the hand. The Hittites were a group considered in the last century to be a
mythical people only mentioned in the Bible. It wasn't until A.J. Sayce brought forth
evidence of their existence in 1876 that the Hittites were generally accepted as
historically true. In fact, the archaeological evidence for the validity of the Bible is so
overwhelming that Donald J. Wiseman stated over 25,000 sites mentioned in the Bible
have been found. Millar Burrows writes, "The more we find that items in the picture of
the past presented by the Bible, even though not directly attested, are compatible with
what we know from archaeology, the stronger is our impression of general authenticity.
Mere legend or fiction would inevitably betray itself by anachronisms and incongruities."
Further, there is no valid reason to believe that the men who wrote the Bible were lying
or trying to deceive. The New Testament particularly shows that the character of the
writers was beyond reproach. Each of them suffered and were executed because they
would not recant their position that the teachings of the Bible are true and accurate. If
their testimony was made up for gain or folly, surely someone would have renounced
his stand to save his life, but it did not happen. All the apostles and the writers believed
unwaveringly that the Bible was absolute fact.
A set of documents having their origin in the All-knowing God of the universe would not
be prone to scientific inaccuracies. If we are to believe that the Bible came from the
same source that created the world, then is logical to assume it would not mis-represent
the mechanics of the world. Only the Bible contains none of the scientific absurdities
that are found in all other ancient religious writings.
In the Hindu Scriptures it is taught that the earth is set atop the backs of four elephants,
who in turn stood on a giant sea-turtle that was swimming through a milky sea.
However, Job states, "He stretches out the North over empty space, and hangs the
earth on nothing.(26:7)" Also, Isaiah mentions that God sits "above the circle of the
earth.(40:22)" The New Testament also records a snatching away of believers. In Luke
17 Jesus talks of a singular event stating that "two men in one bed; and one will be
taken, and the other will be left. There will be two women grinding in the same place;
one will be taken, and the other will be left." These are events that happen at different
times of the day, yet Jesus speaks of them as a single instance. Only someone who
understands the revolution of a round earth could understand how day and night are
relative and one act may affect people in both time frames.
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When Genesis was written, The Greeks were beginning to tell of Apollos' flight across
the sky in a flaming chariot. The Egyptians were worshipping the sun as Ra, deifying it.
The Mesopotamians referred to the sun as "Shamosh" and called it the god of justice.
Genesis, however, calls the sun "a light in the expanse of the heavens" and views it as
a thing, one created by God. That the Bible does not follow the naiveté of those ancient
religions is often overlooked, since modern man is much more knowledgeable in the
mechanics of nature. We take for granted that someone touching an infectious person
or a corpse should practice good hygiene and wash thoroughly in running water before
proceeding to anything else, but this "discovery" has only been a medical reality for 150
years. The book of Leviticus, though, requires this same procedure. One cannot find
ideas as arcane as blood-letting or consuming ram's horn for fertility, or all the other
mythical cures for ills that were thought to be science in those days. The Bible is not a
science book. It does not focus on scientific facts about the creation, but where it
mentions those things, it is accurate in its representation. This is exactly what we'd
expect if the Bible had its origin in the One who created the universe and its scientific
laws.
Internal Evidence for Reliability of the Bible
Thus far we have examined several evidences of the accuracy and the reliability of the
Bible by comparing it to outside sources and what we know is true. Now, I'd like to turn
our attention to the text of the Bible itself to show how it validates itself as the word of
God. Again, I remind you that we have a collection of different documents that were
written over one and a half millennium, that are devoted to discussing the most
controversial and emotionally charged topics man has known. The incredible thing is
that they all agree. Taken together, the Bible presents a single, unified message of
actions and attitudes by which man can live. This is an unprecedented feat.
To have sixty six books written by about forty authors, from kings and nobles to
fishermen and soldiers, in three languages and on three continents, be of the same
mind is just not humanly possible. Why, the editorial writers in our newspapers can't
even agree when they come from the same culture and similar educational
backgrounds.
To demonstrate the remarkability of this accomplishment, we can propose an
experiment. Imagine a classroom of thirty students at the high-school level. The teacher
has decided on the class writing a novel for a class project. Each student will be
assigned one chapter and they will then gather the papers together to assemble the
finished work. The topic chosen is "Why God is important in man's life," but there is no
outline and there are no rules as to what that statement means. Because the students
are all the same age and live in the same area at the same point in time, they have a
tremendous advantage over the Biblical writers, but to expect a congruent work is
ridiculous. The fact that the Bible is a unified message shows that its origin comes from
beyond man.
Because the Bible claims it is the word of God, it requires of itself a stricter assessment.
The Old Testament is filled with the authoritative phrase "Thus sayeth the LORD" . The
fact that men recognized it from the time it was first penned as authoritative gives it a
measure of strength. The laws that were required of the Jews were very arduous.
Because they chose to accept them as commandments from God before any significant
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length of time had elapsed to mythicalize them shows that the people believed with their
lives that these documents were from God. Jesus Himself validates the Old Testament
by regarding it as the word of God and authoritative in all things.
The Biblical Test for Inspiration
The last point in demonstrating the inspiration of the Bible is one we have not yet
mentioned. The Bible itself gives a test to all messages claiming to be from God, and
you are to judge the merits of the message by that test. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 states:
"But the prophet who shall speak a word presumptuously in My name which I have not
commanded him to speak, or which he shall speak in the name of other gods, that
prophet shall die. And you may say in your heart, 'How shall we know the word which
the LORD has not spoken?' When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the
thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing the LORD has not spoken.
The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him."
This passage shows the yardstick by which all revelation is measured: prophecy. The
Bible stands alone as a book stuffed with prophecy. It is the very heart of Scripture. With
prophecy, God gives the faithful hope by promising better things in the future. Likewise,
the wicked are warned of impending judgment if they don't change their ways. The Bible
is unique from all other religious texts because it gives specific, detailed prophecies that
were fulfilled just as written. Let's look at a few prophecies to demonstrate their
precision.
The coming of the Jewish Messiah is the focus of the Old Testament. There are over
300 separate prophecies about the "Holy One of Israel" found there. They are so
specific as to predict the city of Jesus' birth (Micah 5:2), His nature (Isaiah 7:14), His
works of healing and miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6), His betrayal for thirty pieces of silver
(Zechariah 11:12-13), His suffering (Isaiah 53), His style of execution (Psalm 22) and
His resurrection (Psalm 16:10, Acts 13:35) amongst other things. These prophecies
were written anywhere from 400 to 1000 years before Jesus' birth, yet they describe His
life with the accuracy of an eyewitness. The odds against a living person meeting even
a few of these predictions is so astronomical it is considered an impossibility.
Another prophecy given in the book of Isaiah was to the man who would conquer the
city of Babylon. In Isaiah 44:27 and following the Lord says,
"It is I who says to the depths of the sea, 'Be dried up!' and I who will make your rivers
dry. It is I who says of Cyrus, 'He is My shepherd!' and he will perform all My desire.
Thus says the LORD to Cyrus, His anointed, whom I have taken by the right hand, to
subdue nations before him, and to loose the loins of kings; to open the doors before him
so that the gates will not be shut. I have also called you by your name; I have given you
a title of honor though you have not known Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other;
besides Me there is no God"
This prophecy was written around 690 BC. History tells us that in 538 BC a Persian
general named Cyrus had devised a plan to overtake the impregnable city of Babylon.
He dammed up the river running through the city and sent soldiers under the gates.
When he got to the front gates, however, he found them unlocked and took the entire
city without a problem. In one night the most secure empire in the world of that time was
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overthrown. It was described by God to Cyrus, and addressed to him by name, 150
years before he had even been born!
One other prophecy we can examine is one that has been fulfilled in modern times.
Israel is an amazement sociologically. Never in the history of mankind has a nation
been overthrown and obliterated for 1900 years and then come back into existence. Yet,
this is exactly what has happened to the nation of Israel, and they reside in the same
geographic area as they previously possessed. We turn again to Isaiah, chapter 11
which states,
"In that day the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is
left of His people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from
Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a
banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered
people of Judah from the four corners of the earth." (vss.11-12)
Notice, that the passage in Isaiah was written before the Babylonian captivity, so it
refers to a second regathering. That implies that there would be two dispersals. Yet,
after the second exile, it also promises that the nation of Israel would be put back
together from "the four corners of the earth", which is an unequalled feat. Just think of
how many Hittites or Philistines we find today. People who are exiled for an extended
period of time generally assimilate into the culture in which they're placed. In no other
instance has this ever happened.
In Jeremiah 16:15, God promises that the Israelites will dwell "in the land I gave their
forefathers", and Ezekiel chapter 36 describes the incredible transformation of the land
itself into a major agricultural center. We still have documentary footage of how the land
of Palestine was transformed from a mosquito-infested swampland to the breadbasket
of Europe. It is now the sixth largest producer of fruits in the world!
When all the evidence is studied, it leads to an inescapable conclusion: the Bible must
come from a source other than that of natural man. It is a reliable document that
faithfully records history and in that record it documents God intervening in the lives of
men. The New Testament verifies that the Old Testament is the word of God, and Peter
verifies that the writings of Paul are Scriptural; that is from God(2 Peter 3:16). Peter also
states, "No prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the
Holy Spirit spoke from God.(2 Peter 1:21)" This is a consistent message throughout the
Bible.
In any field of study, when people examine the objects of their study, they classify them
by their attributes. A bird fits the definition of an animal with feathers that lays eggs.
Every animal that has those attributes is considered a bird. A mammal must be warm-
blooded, have hair, and suckle its young. In examining all the religious texts of the
world, only the Bible exhibits all the attributes of a God-inspired message. I hope you
will appreciate the Bible more from our discussion, and let me know if I've assumed
something that doesn't make sense to you. May you be greatly blessed in your pursuit
of Him.
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From www.comereason.org
To many, the origin of the Bible can be summed-up as follows: "A mere translation of a
translation of an interpretation of an oral tradition" - and therefore, a book with no
credibility or connection to the original texts. Actually, the foregoing statement is a
common misunderstanding of both Christians and non-christians alike. Translations
such as the King James Version are derived from existing copies of ancient manuscripts
such as the Hebrew Masoretic Text (Old Testament) and the Greek Textus Receptus
(New Testament), and are not translations of texts translated from other interpretations.
The primary differences between today's Bible translations are merely related to how
translators interpret a word or sentence from the original language of the text source
(Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek).
Origin of the Bible - The Reliability of Ancient Manuscripts
Another challenge against the origin of the Bible is the reliability of the manuscripts from
which today's Bibles are translated. Remarkably, there is widespread evidence for
absolute reliability. There are more than 14,000 existing Old Testament manuscripts and
fragments copied throughout the Middle East, Mediterranean and European regions that
agree dramatically with each other. In addition, these texts agree with the Septuagint
version of the Old Testament, which was translated from Hebrew to Greek some time
during the 3rd century BC. The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in Israel in the 1940's and
50's, also provide phenomenal evidence for the reliability of the ancient transmission of
the Jewish Scriptures (Old Testament) before the arrival of Jesus Christ. The Hebrew
scribes who copied the Jewish Scriptures dedicated their lives to preserving the
accuracy of the holy books. These scribes went to phenomenal lengths to insure
manuscript reliability. They were highly trained and meticulously observed, counting
every letter, word and paragraph against master scrolls. A single error would require the
immediate destruction of the entire text.
The manuscript evidence for the New Testament is also dramatic, with over 5,300
known copies and fragments in the original Greek, nearly 800 of which were copied
before 1000 AD. Some manuscript texts date to the early second and third centuries,
with the time between the original autographs and our earliest existing copies being a
remarkably short 60 years. Interestingly, this manuscript evidence far surpasses the
manuscript reliability of other ancient writings that we trust as authentic every day. Look
at these comparisons: Julius Caesar's "The Gallic Wars" (10 manuscripts remain, with
the earliest one dating to 1,000 years after the original autograph); Pliny the Younger's
"History" (7 manuscripts; 750 years elapsed); Thucydides' "History" (8 manuscripts;
1,300 years elapsed); Herodotus' "History" (8 manuscripts; 1,300 years elapsed);
Sophocles (193 manuscripts; 1,400 years); Euripides (9 manuscripts; 1,500 years); and
Aristotle (49 manuscripts; 1,400 years).
Homer's "Iliad", the most renowned book of ancient Greece, has 643 copies of
manuscript support. In those copies, there are 764 disputed lines of text, as compared
to 40 lines in all the New Testament manuscripts (Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix,
A General Introduction to the Bible, Moody, Chicago, Revised and Expanded 1986, p.
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367). In fact, many people are unaware that each of William Shakespeare's 37 plays
(written in the 1600's) have gaps in the surviving manuscripts, forcing scholars to "fill in
the blanks." This pales in textual comparison with the over 5,300 copies and fragments
of the New Testament that, together, assure us that nothing's been lost. In fact, all of the
New Testament except eleven verses can be reconstructed from the writings of the
early church fathers in the second and third centuries. (A General Introduction to the
Bible, Ch. 24.)
Origin of the Bible - The Power of Prophecy
The origin of the Bible is God. It is a historical book that is backed by archeology, and a
prophetic book that has lived up to all of its claims thus far. The Bible is God's letter to
humanity collected into 66 books written by 40 divinely inspired writers over a period of
over 1,600 years. The claim of divine inspiration may seem dramatic (or unrealistic to
some), but a careful and honest study of the biblical scriptures will show them to be
true. Powerfully, the Bible validates its divine authorship through fulfilled prophecies. An
astonishing 668 prophecies have been fulfilled and none have ever been proven false
(three are unconfirmed). God decided to use prophecy as His primary test of divine
authorship, and an honest study of biblical prophecy will compellingly show the
supernatural origin of the Bible. Skeptics must ask themselves, "Would the gambling
industry even exist if people could really tell the future?" Again, no other holy book
comes even close to the Bible in the amount of evidence supporting its credibility,
authenticity and divine authorship.
From http://www.allabouttruth.org/Origin-Of-The-Bible.htm
Who Wrote the Bible - A Letter from God
“Who wrote the Bible” is a question that is undoubtedly asked by many who are familiar
with the impact this book has made on people around the world. The Bible gives
guidance in our journey through life to eternity, as well as leads us to a relationship with
the God of the universe. It is a historical book that is backed by archeology, and a
prophetic book that has lived up to all of its claims thus far. In light of all these facts,
asking, “who wrote the bible,” is a vital question that deserves serious investigation and
a serious response. The Bible is Godʼs letter to humanity collected into 66 books written
by 40 divinely inspired writers. These writers come from all walks of life (i.e., kings to
fishermen) and spans over a period of 1,500 years or more. These claims may seem
dramatic (or unrealistic to some), but a careful and honest study of the biblical scriptures
will show them to be true.
Who Wrote the Bible - Evidence of Divine Inspiration
“Who wrote the Bible” is a question that can be definitively answered by examining the
biblical texts in light of the external evidences that supports its claims. 2 Timothy 3:16
states that “All scripture is inspired by God….” In 2 Peter 1:20-21, Peter reminds the
reader to “know this first of all, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of oneʼs own
interpretation, … but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” The Bible itself
tells us that it is God who is the author of His book.
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God does not leave us with just claims of His divine handiwork in the Bible, but also
supports it with compelling evidence. The design of the Bible itself is a miracle. Written
over more than 1,500 years by vastly different writers, yet every book in the Bible is
consistent in its message. These 66 books talk about history, prophecy, poetry, and
theology. Despite their complexity, differences in writing styles and vast time periods,
the books of the Bible agree miraculously well in theme, facts and cross-referencing. No
human beings could have planned such an intricate combination of books over a 1,500-
year time span. Bible manuscripts (remember, there were no printing presses until
1455) have survived despite weather, persecution and time. Most ancient writings
written on weak materials like papyrus have vanished all together. Yet many copies of
the Old Testament scriptures survived. For instance, the Dead Sea Scrolls contain all
books of the Old Testament, except Esther, and have been dated to before the time of
Christ. Consider Julius Caesarʼs Gallic Wars. Only ten copies written about 1,000 years
after the event are in existence. In comparison, there are over 24,000+ New Testament
manuscripts, the earliest one dating to within 24 years after Christ.
The Bible also validates its divine authorship through fulfilled prophecies. An astonishing
668 prophecies have been fulfilled and none have ever been proven false (three are
unconfirmed). An honest study of biblical prophecy will compellingly show the divine
authorship of the Bible. Further, archeology confirms (or in some cases supports)
accounts in the biblical record. No other holy book comes close to the Bible in the
amount of evidence supporting its divine authorship.
Who Wrote the Bible - A Question of Eternal Significance
“Who Wrote the Bible” is indeed a question that everyone must ask. If indeed it is the
Word of the living God, then no other book gives us more insight into our lives, more
hope for our future, and a true path to a relationship with God. Search the Bible with
openness and honesty and see for yourself what the Creator of the universe wants to
tell you!
From http://www.AllAboutTruth.org/who-wrote-the-bible.htm
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