By Nathan Jones
How do we know that the Bible really is the Word of God?
Dr. Reagan and I on our ministry's television show Christ in Prophecy had the pleasure of asking this question of Eric Barger of Take a Stand! Ministries. Eric is an authority on the cults, the New Age, and rock music today. From his past as a former drug addict and rock n' roll musician who was deeply involved in the New Age movement, Eric has emerged since he gave his life to Jesus Christ to become a great defender of Christianity in America. He joined us to talk about the validity of the Bible as the foundation of our Christian faith.
Eric Barger: God has shown Himself to us in it. There's no doubt about that. The Bible gives us the account of the God-man Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself validates so many of the Old Testament passages. The New Testament quotes 34 Old Testament books, and Jesus himself quotes 24 of the Old Testament books.
Maybe the best proof the Bible is the Word of God is fulfilled prophecy. Fulfilled prophecy shows us that the Word of God has stood the test of time. There is no other book in the world that contains fulfilled prophecy.
Dr. Reagan: How could anyone get around that fact? Some try. That is the reason why liberals for example hate Bible prophecy so much. They hate it with a passion. They hate the book of Daniel because it is so specifically fulfilled in history.
Eric Barger: Yes, and the book of Daniel is one of the most attacked books by the liberals.
Nathan Jones: They will move the date up so that all the prophecies would become past tense to the original author.
Eric Barger: Exactly, it makes it look like Daniel was writing from his pre-cognitive knowledge, or that someone wrote in Daniel's name.
Dr. Reagan: Daniel wrote history in advance better than most people have written it afterwards.
Eric Barger: True, but the liberals want to tell you that Daniel was written in the Maccabean period. That would be 350 years after Daniel died. They want to say that it was written later by somebody else who already knew the events, but we can quickly see in Daniel 9 if you harmonize it with Ezra 7, you will see that God's Word was fulfilled. God fulfilled this almost to the day when Jesus Christ arrived on the scene exactly 483 years later, just as Daniel predicted it ahead of time.
Dr. Reagan: I was speaking at a church one time and asked the congregation to turn over to the book of Daniel. The pastor stood up right in the front row and said, "We don't allow the book of Daniel to be read in this church!" He went on, "You obviously are not a seminary graduate or you would know that book is fallacious. It just pretends to be prophecy." Right in front of the whole congregation I asked, "What do you mean?" He replied, "All educated people know it was written in the time of Christ." I countered, "How then do you explain the fact that it was in the Septuagint, 228 years or more before Christ? It was included in the Septuagint translation." He just shrugged it off and said, "I don't want to discuss it."
Eric Barger: I think the most telling fact that supports the veracity of Daniel is that Jesus quoted Daniel. Jesus by doing that validated Daniel's authorship. If there was something wrong with anything in the Old Testament, instead of quoting it, Jesus would have corrected it, but He didn't.
In the next part of this series on the validity of the Bible, we'll ask Eric what he thinks about the King James Version.