08 Jul How do we know the Bible is true? Part One
THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD
When it comes to evangelism, we have the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The Bible is utterly unique among all other books for several reasons. It not only claims to be “The Word of God,” but offers many infallible proofs that it is. Between its content, its unparalleled circulation, and its impact on the world, there is no possible term of comparison between the Bible and Jesus Christ and any other so-called “holy book” or religious leader in history. Keep reading and you’ll see why.
Just to make certain no one could ever claim the Bible was a man-made conspiracy, it was written over the course of 1,500 years, on three continents—Europe, Asia, and Africa.
It was written in three languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek—by 40 different writers. Although the writers were separated by more than 1,500 years, the Bible has a beginning, middle, and an end. The main theme is redemption (that is how God can legally forgive someone without compromising His justice). And the main character, from Genesis to Revelation, is Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us how the world began and how the world will end. God’s Word deals with the absolute issues of good and evil, justice and mercy, truth and love and how to know God.
Astronomy and the Bible
- The ancient Egyptians believed that the earth was suspended on five pillars.
- The Greeks believed Atlas held the earth on his shoulders.
- The Hindus believed that the earth was held up by an elephant, the elephant was on a tortoise, the tortoise was on a serpent, and the serpent was swimming on a cosmic sea.
- The Koran says that the sun sets in a puddle of mud!
Until about 400 years ago, most people thought the earth was flat. In fact, the Flat Earth Society still does! Yet in chapter 26 of Job, one of the oldest books in the Bible, we read, “God hangs the earth upon nothing.” In 750 B.C., the 40th chapter of Isaiah told us that, “God sits upon the circle of the earth.”
One word proves the bible is true — prophecy!
Bible prophecy proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Scriptures are divinely inspired—positive proof God is the author. “How,” you might ask? The answer is that no human being can predict the future with 100 percent accuracy. Only a Person with omniscience can do that!
One recurring theme of biblical prophecy concerns the state of Israel. Ezekiel 36-39 (written 2,500 years ago) speaks of the birth, death, and the rebirth of the nation of Israel.
God said the Jewish people would be exiled from Israel (because of their sin), and the land would remain desolate for a long period of time. Then in the “latter days” they would return and become a nation once again.
In A.D. 70, the Roman Empire destroyed Jerusalem. The surviving Jews ran for their lives to the four corners of the Earth. Miraculously, they remained a distinct race even though they had no homeland for nearly 1,900 years. After World War II, they began to trickle back in to the land that God promised them. Then on May 14, 1948, a second Jewish state was established, precisely as predicted in the Bible!
Tune in next time to read more great Bible prophecies.
Grace and peace.