IS The Bible From God
Believing Christians glory in a Bible they believe is the infallibly
(free from error) inspired and totally authoritative Word of God. Do
these Christians have to commit intellectual suicide to hold such a
belief? No, far from it. Jesus said, "and you shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32 Paul wrote,
"…for I know whom I have believed and I am persuaded that He
is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day."
2nd Timothy 1:12. John wrote, "These things I have written to
you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may
know that you have eternal life...." 1st John 5:13.
The Bible Asserts It Is The Word of God
Admittedly, this proves nothing in and of itself.
But can you imagine any human saying, "Everything I speak is
perfect truth without any error." No, because that person would
know that the most brilliant minds among us would make it a project
to find and point out every error in their statements.
In the first five books of the Bible (written by
Moses) the claim is made 500 times that these writings are the words
of God. "So Moses came and told the people all the words of
the Lord…" "And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord…" Exodus 24:3,4 is an example.
King David wrote most of the psalms –the hymn
book of Israel. We have his testimony as to how these psalms came to
him in 2 Samuel 23:2 "The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, And His
word was on my tongue."
There are some beautiful statements about
God’s word in the Psalms. Look up Psalm 12:6; 19:7; 30:5 and 40:8.
Perhaps the most striking is the 119th Psalm. It has 176
verses and all but one verse praises God’s word.
In the prophets there are 1,111 times the
prophets claim that what they wrote was the word of God:
"Hear, O heavens, and
give ear, O earth; For the
Lord has spoken..." Isaiah 1:2
"…Jeremiah…to whom the word of the Lord came…"
"…the word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel
the priest…" Ezekiel 1:3
In all, the Hebrew scriptures make the claim
to be the word of God 3,808 times.
Jesus endorsed the Hebrew scriptures twenty-two
times in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John:
Adam and Eve - Matthew 19:4,5
The writings of Moses - Matthew 4:4; 5:17, etc.
Jonah - Matthew 12:40, 41, etc.
Daniel - Matthew 24:15, etc.
Isaiah - Matthew 8:17; 12:18-21; 15:7-9; 13:14;
The account of Noah’s flood - Matthew 24:37-39;
The entire Old Testament - Luke 24:25-27, 44.
Jesus also stated that the Holy Spirit would
bring all things back to the remembrance of the Apostles in order
for them to write the New Testament scriptures - John 14:26;
The Bible’s Accuracy Has Stood The Test of the
The Bible’s Unity
The Bible is not Just "a book",
but a library of
66 books written over a period of some 1500+ years. There were some
forty human authors who wrote in three languages, Hebrew, Aramaic,
and Greek. These writers came from a myriad of cultural backgrounds:
Moses was raised by the royal family of Egypt,
taught in the university of Egypt, then lived as a
Joshua was a military general.
Nehemiah was a cupbearer to a Persian king.
Ezra, Ezekiel, and Zechariah were priests.
David was a shepherd, a soldier, a musician, and
Isaiah was a cultured court prophet.
Amos was a fruit picker and shepherd.
Daniel was a captive boy who rose to prime
Andrew, Peter and John were fishermen.
Matthew was a Roman tax collector.
Luke was a physician.
Paul was a Rabbi of the Pharisaical party.
James and Jude were carpenters…stepbrothers of
These men wrote on virtually every known subject
to man…history, biography, law, theology, prophecy, geology, botany,
biology, astronomy, poetry, philosophy, genealogy, meteorology,
hygiene, psychology, and even romance. They spoke correctly and they
spoke in harmony without contradiction. Try that with any other 40
men over 1500 years, speaking on any subject, and you have clashing
The Bible’s History
There is much history in the Bible…not only in
its history books but even in poetry and prophecy. What better way
could there be to reveal how God deals with mankind in different
The Bible speaks of people, events, cities, and
nations. It is true that some have not been confirmed from secular
records. It is also true that over 5000 places mentioned in the
Bible have been definitely identified by archaeologists. Hundreds of
individuals and the events with which they have been associated have
been documented by secular historical records…even the fact that the
walls of Jericho did fall down.
Nelson Glueck, a Jewish archaeologist, wrote, "It
may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has
ever controverted a Biblical reference."
("Rivers In The Desert: History of Netag",
The Bible’s Prophecy
There are hundreds of prophecies in the Bible
about nations, people, and events. For those who have sufficient
sincerity, patience and perseverance, we refer to "Evidence That
Demands A Verdict", I, and II by Joshua McDowell. He lists the
prophecies and the fulfillments. We can only share some of the most striking, but brief, ones.
Through an unnamed prophet God called King Josiah
by name over 300 years before he was born and nearly 360 years
before he fulfilled the prophesy spoken of him. I Kings 13:1-3 and
II Kings 23:15-16.
Through Isaiah God called Cyrus of Medo-Persia by
name 250 years before he fulfilled the prophecy spoken of him.
Isaiah 44:28 - 45:4.
The Hebrew scriptures made 198 direct prophecies
and 333 indirect prophecies of Jesus Christ. They were all
fulfilled. Even the most committed doubter ought to admit that’s one
whale of a coincidence. I can remember the New York Herald Tribune
publishing in their evening newspaper, "DEWEY ELECTED PRESIDENT".
The next morning revealed Harry Truman was the victor.
The Bible’s Savior
The great event to which all Old
Testament scripture moves is the coming of the Messiah ("the
anointed one"). In the Greek language of our New Testament the word
is Christos or Christ.
Jesus said to those seeking to kill Him, "…there
one who accuses you---Moses, in whom you trust. For if
you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me." John
5:45b, 46. To the Emmaus disciples He said, "O foolish ones and slow
of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not
the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into
His glory?": And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He
expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." Luke 24:25-27.
Through Moses God gave the law, the priesthood
and the sacrifices. The law revealed (1) God is holy, (2) Man is
sinful, and (3) Man, therefore needs a Savior. The priesthood
sacrifices pointed toward how God’s Savior would provide salvation…
through sacrificial death for the people’s sins.
The prophecies spoke of the coming Savior. Psalm
22 describes the sufferings Jesus experienced on the cross. Isaiah
53 described the satisfaction of God’s justice by Jesus on the
cross. Psalm 16:9,10 described the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
Psalm 110 described Christ’s ascension; His being seated at the
right hand of God the Father to intercede as Great High Priest for
believers and to wait for the day of victory over His enemies.
Every time you read the word "salvation" in the
Hebrew scriptures and translate it into the Greek language in which
our New Testament was written it becomes "Jesus".
Think again of those 198 direct prophecies and
333 indirect prophecies of the Hebrew scriptures that are documented
as being fulfilled in Jesus.
Jesus is the one and only Savior presented to us
in the Bible (John14:6; Acts 4:12)
The Bible’s Accomplishments Identify It As The
Word Of God
John G. Paton believed God wanted him to go to
the New Hebrides Islands as a missionary. The British government
refused to give him permission to go because the tribesmen on these
islands were the worst of cannibals. Paton continued to appeal until
the British government gave in. After he and his wife arrived she
died. He had to stand guard over her body for ten days with gun in
hand to keep them from eating her. Thirty years later there was an
official visit to New Hebrides by representatives of the British
government. They wrote in their report that the former cannibals of
the New Hebrides had become the most advanced and cultured of all
native tribes under the British flag.
I personally heard Dr. Wendell Zimmerman tell how
he slept and ate with a chief of head hunters. This man had
personally killed 40 men and had shrunk 17 heads down in the nation
of Peru. Dr. Zimmerman testified, "I didn’t have to worry about him
glancing at my bald head and wondering how it would look on the top
of a stick. The message of the gospel from the blessed word of God
had preceded me and transformed him from a heartless killer to a
Transformations like the ones described above are
taking place every day in virtually every nation on earth. No other
piece of literature has produced such results.
The transforming accomplishments of the Bible
identify it as the Word of God.
Copyright © 2002 Thomas E Berry
Scripture quotations from NKJV
Copyright © 2008 Truth Helpers Inc.