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Reasons for Believing the Bible Is Inspired by God
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 death.
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 accurate.
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 fulfilled prophecy.
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)