Pastor, Why? #1: Why Do We Believe ALL of the Bible?

Atoms are so tiny and most stars so distant that man has never seen them, yet we believe they exist based on the evidence we have. Likewise, when we say that we believe in a God we cannot see, and that the Bible is His special Book, our faith is not blind. It is founded on many rational, common sense reasons to accept His existence and to believe that the Bible is His trustworthy message and instruction manual to mankind.

 

One Book written by 40 authors in 3 languages on 3 continents from 19 occupations over 1600 years = One unified Book with 0 errors!

A book makes sense

If there is a Creator who made humans with the ability and desire to communicate (Genesis 1:26), we can expect our Creator to have the ability and desire to communicate with us (Genesis 1:3, 26, 28; 3:8). Furthermore, as our own practice of codes and contracts testify, a written account is the most dependable method by which to transmit and preserve vital communications. Would it be surprising then that God’s message t0 mankind today should be conveyed in a book? Which leads to the question- which book? Several “holy books” claim divine origin, so what makes the Bible different?

 

The Bible claims that God is its author

  • Its claim -
  • Its communication   - God used willing men whom He “moved” to write His truth through their individual languages, personalities and cultures. We call this method “Inspiration.” 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God....” 2 Peter 1:21 says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
  • A rational conclusion -  If the Bible was given to us by God, then it must be true and divinely preserved. “Thy word is true from the beginning, and every one of Thy righteous judgments endureth forever” (Psalm 119:160). The following tests confirm the Bible’s superiority to every other book, and that its claim of divine origin is true.

The Bible stands the test of science

Science seems to constantly try to correct the Bible, but in fact, the Bible has repeatedly corrected science. For thousands of years “science” insisted the world was flat and held by gigantic animals. Yet, 2,000 years before Christopher Columbus historic voyage, Isaiah spoke of “the circle of the earth” (40:22), and 4,000 years ago, Biblical Job said the earth hangs in space on nothing (26:7). Science is again bowing to the Bible as scholars are exchanging the once-popular theory of evolution for “Intelligent Design.”

  

The Bible stands the tests of history and archeology

Every major land feature and almost every place in the Bible have now been located. In addition, much of what the Bible says about the names, lives and culture of people has been confirmed by other historical sources. Dr. Nelson Glueck, one of the most outstanding Jewish archeologist of the 20th century, wrote, "It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever contradicted a Biblical reference. [Instead], scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm… in exact detail historical statements in the Bible.” [Rivers in the Desert, New York, Grove, 1960, p. 31]

 

The Bible stands the test of unity

God used forty men over a period of 1,600 years speaking three different languages to pen the sixty-six “books” that make up our complete Bible. Yet all of the pieces fit together perfectly to present one unified story of God’s plan of redemption. That feat is akin to asking forty different writers from around the world (from sixteen different centuries) to write a chapter of a novel with no collaboration. When compiled, the book they created would be one continuous, interconnected, non-contradicting story.

 

The Bible stands the test of prophecy

God’s Word contains 3,856 verses of prophecy, yet not one prediction has ever failed. Such mathematical odds are impossible. The only reasonable explanation is a supernatural source--God.

 

The Bible stands the test of time

Kings and emperors have sought to destroy the Bible. Scholars and skeptics have tried to disprove it. Religions have banned it. But after 2,000 years the Bible is still the best selling, most translated book in the world.

 

The Bible stands the test of millions who have tried it

The timeless, universal principles and promises found in the Bible work for health, marriage, child rearing, finances, and more. It has given hope, joy, strength, peace, and comfort to multitudes. It enables men to change the way they live and to die without fear. The “preponderance of evidence” confirms that this book truly is God’s message to mankind. It describes His design for men, His dealings with men, and His deliverance of fallen men through reconciliation with Himself. Has this Book changed you?

 

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