Many books (the Koran, the Book of Mormon, The Bhagavad Vita, and others) claim to be the supreme word of God. Christians, for good reason, believe the Bible is the true message of God. However, few books are attacked and criticized more than the Bible. Many scholars have devoted their time to trying to discredit its message. To counter this attack, let’s briefly look at some of the evidence to remind us the veracity of Scripture.
First of all, we can see the Bible is the word of God just by reading it. Passages such as 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tell us that it is inspired (literally God breathed). 1 Peter 1:21 shows us that the biblical writers were moved by the Holy Spirit while they wrote. Secondly, we see the spiritual nature of the Bible in its transforming ability. Those who hold to the Bible are transformed (Romans 12:2) and see the effect of the word of God on their lives, Romans 1:16. Thirdly, and perhaps most convincingly of the internal arguments is the unity of Scripture. The Bible covers hundreds of topics, yet it does not contradict itself. Written over fifteen hundred years by over forty people in three different languages and at least eight cultures, the Bible still holds the same view of God, the same core message of salvation, and the same themes of God’s love and ultimate judgment. 1 Peter 2:21 tells us that though so many different people wrote the Bible, no prophecy was made by act of human will, but men were moved by the Holy Spirit to speak from God.
The Bible must be more than a product of mortal man because it is indestructive. Skeptics have tried to burn it, outlaw it, discredit it, and ignore it throughout its history. It has undergone the scrutiny of heresy, science, and philosophy. Yet the Bible continues to prove itself true again and again. A second proof of the Bible’s credibility is the evidence of archeology. Even those who disagree with the teachings of Scripture are unable to prove the Bible wrong in its placement of towns and in its descriptions of peoples of the time. It is by far the most accurate history of the majority of human race in the most confused part of the world. But the greatest external evidence of the Bible’s power is its fulfillment of prophecy. Over three hundred predictions of Jesus’ life were matched exactly even though the majority of them were told at least six hundred years before his lifetime. Over one thousand predictions concerning kingdoms, events, and individuals are given in the sacred pages to show the authority of the Bible. While many books may claim to be from God, none of them have the power of fulfilled prophecy to back up those claims.
God gave us the ability and opportunity to search the Scriptures so that we might find eternal life. As you study these pages about Jesus, let us make sure that we do not let anything distract us from following and obeying his word.