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Why do I believe the Bible…

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…is the word of God

Two commonly proposed ‘proofs’ of the divine origin of the Bible are

(1) That the Bible is not a single book, but consists of 66 separate books written over a period of about 1600 years by 40 authors among who were priests, kings and a herdsman. These books were written in 3 languages (Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic) on 3 continents (Africa, Asia and Europe), and yet show amazing agreement and do not contradict one another. This is totally consistent with the concept of God as the mind behind what was written, but the sceptical unbeliever can insist that all the authors had knowledge (or copies) of all the earlier books and used them to give consistency. While incredibly unlikely it is possible, and man may have written it.

(2) There are a vast number of documents available for the New Testament, estimated at over 24,000, some of which date back to about AD125. The Old Testament evidence found in the Dead Sea scrolls goes back to about BC250. This all shows that the texts that we have today for both Old and New Testaments have been preserved nearly perfectly over the past 2000 years. Again, if the book were a message from God for mankind in all ages, then we would expect such textual preservation. However, the sceptical unbeliever can argue that it was men who wrote the originals, and although nothing has changed it is not proof of God’s authorship.

So can we dismiss any possibility that the Bible is of human origin?

Yes, we can! Man can do many things, but he is unable to predict the future. We are not able to say with certainty what will happen in the next second let alone next week or year. In Isaiah 41 v21-23 we read of a challenge to the gods and idols of Israel’s enemies by God himself, and in v23 we are given a test by which a real God can be recognised. “Show the things that are to come hereafter that we may know that you are gods”. It is telling us that only God can say what will come to pass in the future, so we can test the Bible by looking to see if it contains prophecies that we can verify have been fulfilled, perhaps hundreds or thousands of years after they were written. On examination we find many examples, although we really only need one to dismiss any input into the Bible by man. Probably the best example would be concerning Israel as a nation, while another would involve Tyre (Ezekiel 26). (If you want more details concerning these and other prophesies send us an email).

So, acknowledging our inability to foretell the future, and examining the prophetic content of the Bible, we are logically forced to recognise that the Bible is truly a book from God, and we ignore it at our peril.

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