Is the Bible true?
From our mailbox: Is the Bible true? Why Should We Believe in the Bible?
1. Despite having been written over a span of 1,000 years, the Bible possesses a unique continuity: The Bible, a collection of 66 different books, was written by approximately 40 writers of different backgrounds and professions. Although these works were written independently, they show an amazing congruency and they never contradict each other. There is one central message consistently carried by all 40 writers of the Bible: To tell us who God is, who Jesus Christ is and to show us how we can be saved from our sins and attain eternity.
2. The Bible is the only book which contains absolutely fulfilled prophecies. There are over 30 other religious books that people of faith believe are divinely inspired. Of these books, none of them contain any specific, trustworthy prophecies. None. These are just a few of the prophecies related to the coming of the Messiah. For example, the Old Testament prophesied that “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14), and “He would be born in Bethlehem” (Micah 5:2). And in the New Testament “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary . . . was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit . . . But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus” (Matt. 1:18,25), and “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem” (Matt. 2:1).
3. The Bible is the most widely printed and published book in the world. Every time we reread a passage, new ideas and cross-references to other texts come to mind. This leads us come to an important conclusion: the Bible is the only divine book. Its truth has been guaranteed and authorized by God.
Our answer to this question will not only determine how we view the Bible and its importance to our lives, but also it will ultimately have an eternal impact on us. If the Bible is truly God’s Word, then we should cherish it, study it, obey it, and fully trust it. If the Bible is the Word of God, then to dismiss it is to dismiss God Himself.
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