HOW WE KNOW THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED

  
Christians generally believe that the Bible is inspired (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21), but very few are capable of offering any convincing proofs other than “the Bible says so.”  It is important to not only know what we believe, but also to know WHY we believe.  The following are some of the reasons why we believe the Bible to be God’s inspired word just as it claims . . .
 
 
The Bible Is a Negative Book
 
Why would man write a book to condemn his own race?  From cover to cover the Bible is NEGATIVE toward man.  It utterly condemns man (Psa 39:5; Isa 64:6; Rom 3:10-18; John 3:18; Jer 17:9; Psa 51:5).  Men everywhere speak highly of themselves, yet the Author of the Bible speaks of man as being a hopeless sinner.  The Bible HAD to be inspired by someone other than man.
 
 
The Bible Is an Authoritative Book
   
Most ancient writings do not even profess inspiration, but the Bible professes not only to be inspired, but to be the ONLY inspired writing (Isa. 8:20).  The central character of the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ, professes to be the ONLY way to Heaven.  Unlike the ancient philosophers, the men of the Bible are men who speak with great power, certainty, and authority.  Wouldn’t you expect God to speak with power and authority?
  
  
The Bible Is an Infallible Book
  
Although many have tried, and are still trying, no one has ever proven that there are mistakes in the Bible (KJV).  All apparent errors and contradictions can be explained Scripture with Scripture and by closely studying the context.
  
   
The Bible Is a Prophetic Book
   
While other ancient writings do not even attempt prophecy, the Bible attempts it and fulfills it.  One only has to consider a few Old Testament prophecies about the life of Christ to see this (Num.  24:17-19; Gen. 49:10; Mic. 5:2; Isa. 7:14; Dan. 9:25; Hos. 11:1; Isa. 53; Zec. 9:9; Psa. 69:21; Psa. 34:20; Psa. 16:10; Psa. 41:9; Zec 11:12; Psa. 35:11; Psa. 22).  How could man write such a book?
  
  
The Bible Is a Unified Book
     
The sixty-six  books of the Bible were written by some thirty-five or forty different authors, on three continents, over a period of 1,900 years.  These men came from all walks of life, differing greatly from one another, but their writings never contradict.  These books compliment one another.  Such an accomplishment would be impossible if the Holy Spirit were not the Divine Author.
     
  
The Bible Is an Interesting Book
     
Unlike other books, the Bible is read by all classes of people.  A small remnant of people from all walks of life share an interest in the Bible.  It is read by the educated and the uneducated.  It is read by the rich and the poor, by the old and the young, by males and females, by all races, and in all places.  What man-written book has such wide appeal to people? 
   
   
The Bible Is a Best-Selling Book
     
The Bible is by far the best-selling book ever published.  The King James Bible alone has been selling for the past 400 years!  Only God knows how many total copies have sold during that time, but no other book in the world would come close to the number.  Just think for a moment.  It’s probably true that most people purchase a Bible at least once in life, or at least in developed, English-speaking nations, and some people purchase several Bibles in a lifetime.  Yet, do they purchase several copies of other books?  No.  Is any other book as common among people as the Bible?  No.  You could walk up to the average American home and ask if the family owns a Bible, and you would usually hear a “Yes.”  Yet, if you asked if they owned a copy of Darwin’s Origin of the Species or Marx’s Communist Manifesto, they would likely say, “Of course not!”  That would be the case not only in America, but in many nations, and for hundreds of years.  There’s just no comparison.  The Bible is the best-seller because the Bible is God’s word.
 
  
The Bible Is a Blessed Book
   
It has changed more lives than any other book in world history.  Eighty-eight percent of the colleges in America were founded for the purpose of teaching God’s word and training missionaries.  Many literary countries are the product of Bible-believing Christianity.  Nations and individuals always prosper when Bible principles are followed.  Is this a coincidence, or is this an indication that God blesses those who obey His word? If the Bible is only man’s words, then why do so many prosper through obeying it?
   
  
The Bible Is a Preserved Book
   
If the Bible is only a man-written book, then why does it still exist?  Satan has fought endlessly to rid the world of the Bible, yet it still exists today.  Everything that man accomplishes eventually falls apart (the wonders of the ancient world, educational systems, governments, families, organizations, etc.), but the Bible lives on (Psa. 12:6-7; Mat. 24:35).  How did the Old Testamant survive the Babylonian captivity when God’s people spent seventy years in a foreign land? How did the Bible survive the Dark Ages when Rome ruled the religious world with pagan tradition?  The Bible must be a supernatural book, else man would have destroyed it long ago.

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