Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Bible Is the Word of God

Nathan JonesBy Nathan Jones

What good would it be to teach Bible prophecy if the student believes the Bible is the same as any other book? The prophecies in the Bible to that student would then hold the same weight as prophecies from Nostradamus, Yoda or the local tabloid. Teaching would be pointless.

If you are that person who doesn't believe the Bible is really the Word of God, then know that there is no book like the Bible in existence. It was written over 1,500 years by more than 40 human authors from various backgrounds and places in 3 languages (Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic). Despite that multiple authors wrote in their own styles, it is easy to tell they were guided by Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 3:16,17) because of the unity of theme across all 66 books that together are called "The Bible." That theme being the unfolding of God's plan to bring mankind back to Him through Jesus.

The Bible is also without recording error. Today's copy of the Old Testament can be verified as accurate translations from the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls. The priests recording conditions were so strict that one misprint and the whole copy they were working on was thrown out.

No historical document has so many copies of parts of the Bible (5,500 to be exact) so closely dated to the original writings. We don't doubt Homer wrote the Odyssey, but the oldest existing copy of the Odyssey was copied 2,200 years after it was originally written. Earliest fragments of the Bible date at 120 A.D., with complete copies such as the Codex Vaticanus (325 A.D.) and Codex Sinaiticus (350 A.D.). The closest book to match the Bible is Homer's Iliad with 643 copies dated a whole 500 years after Homer lived.

Archeology supports every historical reference in the Bible, and many more discoveries are found every day.

The Bible's events were also testified by those who were critics, like King Festus (Acts 26:24-26), the historian Josephus, and Romans like Tacitus.

The Bible changes lives. When people read it, they understand God's plan for salvation — Jesus Christ. When they accept Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives, a radical transformation occurs in the way they live. Their changed lives testify to the power behind the Book.

The Bible is the Word of God. You can trust it to teach you the truth.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple." — Psalm 19:7 (NIV)

"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." — Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)

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