By Grace Kemp
1. The Bible claims to be inspired by God,
hundreds of times. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of
God." (11 Timothy 3:16) "Jews have been entrusted with the
very words of God." (Romans 3:2) "Not...the word of men...but
actually...the Word of God." (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
2. It makes sense. Wouldn't an
invisible God explain Himself and His creation? Subjects explained in the Bible
include: God and man; creation and the cosmos; sin and suffering; redemption
and salvation; good and evil; angels and demons; morality and truth; life and
3. Its amazing continuity. How is it
that 40 authors from diverse backgrounds living on three continents writing in
three different languages over a period of 1,500 years wrote 66 books with a
single theme, Jesus Christ? Its central doctrine is God's redemption of man by
sacrificing his Son, Jesus Christ, as our sin offering. The Bible's teaching is
unified from Genesis to Revelation.
4. Its incredible manuscript evidence.
More than 24,000 handwritten copies of portions of the original manuscripts
still exist. Historians and textual scholars consider the Bible the most
reliable and credible of all ancient documents. The manuscripts are said to be
in better textual shape than those of Shakespeare. The existing copies are
closer in date to the originals than any other manuscripts of antiquity. The
standard for transcribing the scriptures was the most fanatically meticulous of
any book ever written. This accuracy is proven by the Isaiah manuscript, one of
the Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1947. Although the scroll predated existing
Isaiah manuscripts by a whopping 1,000 years, it is exactly the same as the
Book of Isaiah in our Bible of today.
5. Its miraculous preservation.
Throughout history, the Bible has survived ferocious attempts to destroy it.
Yet despite relentless attacks by those dedicated to its extermination, the
Bible remains the world's bestseller and the most translated book in history.
Millions of books have been written about the Bible. It has influenced
literature as no other book.
6. Its historical integrity. Names,
places, and events mentioned in the Bible have proven to be historically
7. Its archeological accuracy. Some 85 specific Bible events are supported
by archeological evidence. No discoveries contradict the Bible.
8. Its scientific statements. The Bible
is scientifically accurate even though many of its scientific concepts were not
understood until centuries later. The Bible refers to the sphericity of the earth,
paths and springs in the sea, the hydrologic cycle, life being in the blood,
species reproducing after their kind, etc.
9. Fulfilled prophecy. Approximately
30% of the Bible is prophetic. Specific prophecies concerning individuals,
cities, and nations have been fulfilled in detail. Scores of prophecies predict
the scattering, persecution, and eventual regathering of the nation of Israel.
There are 360 prophecies regarding the Messiah. Jesus Christ fulfilled them
all. The Bible stands alone among all religious books in its record of
10. Its profound influence. Millions
will testify to its life-changing message. The Bible has motivated countless
missionaries to carry the "good news" of the gospel to every nation
on earth. Millions of martyrs have died to defend its truth. No book in
history has had a greater impact on the world.
"Thy Word is Truth" (John 17:17)