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Is The Bible The Word of God?

Is The Bible The Word of God?

Is The Bible The Word of God?

YES! The Bible claims to be the Word of God

■               II Timothy 3:16

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God,”

■               II Peter 1:21

“...holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

■           Over 2500 times in the Old Testament and 500 times in the New Testament the Bible claims to be the Word of God

Quote from John Wesley

“The Bible was clearly written either by God, good men, or bad men. Bad men could not have written it, for the Bible is a good book, and fresh waters do not come from a salt fountain; bad men would not have written it, for the Bible strongly condemns sin and sinners, and wicked men would not condemn themselves to hell. Good men could not have written it, and then deliberately said God wrote it: they would no longer be good men; good men would not have written it for the definite purpose of deception, for good men do not deceive. Hence, the only one left who could have written it is God”

If a skeptic honestly examined the Bible. . .

Two English intellectuals, Sir Gilbert West and Lord Littleton, once set out to disprove the Bible. One was to destroy the resurrection of Jesus Christ, therefore, breaking the very foundation of Christianity. The other was to discredit the conversion of the apostle Paul, therefore, devaluating the New Testament since Paul wrote most of its books. After an entire year of extensive study, the men were to meet and put their facts together into a book that would, once and for all, destroy the Bible. But to their amazement, when Sir Gilbert West and Lord Littleton met, they had both become Christians. They were firm believers in the Scriptures because of the facts and evidences they had discovered supporting the Bible.

The Bible Proves Itself To Be The Word of God

How? By External & Internal Evidences

1.   External Evidences

a.   It’s longevity

The most famous among atheists, Voltaire, once claimed that, ‘I, one Frenchman, will destroy what twelve ignorant fisherman began.’ Today, Voltaire is long gone and many people do not even know who he is. Voltaire also said that in one hundred years the Bible would be an outmoded and forgotten book, to be found only in museums. Sometime after the one hundred years were past, Voltaire’s own house was owned and used by the Geneva Bible Society to distribute millions of Bibles throughout all of Europe.

b.   It’s influence on nations, cultures, and people

 2.    Internal Evidences

a.    The Bible and Science

b.     The Bible and Prophecy

 The Bible and Science: Astronomy

1.   The earth is round - Isaiah 40:22a

“It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth”

2.   The earth is suspended in space - Job 26:7

“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.”

3.   The stars are innumerable - Jeremiah 33:22a

“As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured:,”

4.Every star is different - I Corinthians 15:41

“...for one star differeth from another star in glory.”

 The Bible and Science: Biology

 1.   Life is in the Blood - Leviticus 17:11a

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood,”

2.   All flesh is not the same - 1 Corinthians 15:39

“All flesh is not the same flesh.”

3.   Man’s body has the same chemical analysis as the dust of the ground - Genesis 2:7

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground”

 The Bible and Prophecy

 Isaiah 46:10

“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,”

Isaiah 48:5

“I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to came to pass I shewed it thee.”

The Bible predicts of the destruction of the city Tyrus

The City of Tyrus Ezekiel 26:1-16

This prophecy states seven definite things that would take place:

1.   Nebuchadezzar shall take the city of Tyrus (vs.7)

2.   Other nations are to participate in the fulfillment of this prophecy. (vs.3)

3.   It’s stones and timber are to laid in the sea. (vs.12)

4.   The city is to be made flat like the top of a rock. (vs.14)

5.   It is to become the place of spreading of nets. (vs.14)

6.   Other cities are to fear greatly at the fall of Tyrus. (vs.16)

7.   The old city of Tyrus shall never be rebuilt. (vs.14)

  Prophecy Concerning Jesus Christ

■                Place of his birth - Micah 5:2

■               Born of a virgin - Isaiah 7:14

■               He would be rejected by his own people - Psalms 69:8

■           His crucifixion - Psalms 22:16

■                His resurrection - Psalms 2:7

■               Buried in a rich man’s tomb - Isaiah 53:9

■           His coat would be gambled for - Psalms 22:18

■               He would be despised and rejected of men - Isaiah 53:3

■               He would be wounded, bruised and whipped - Isaiah 53:5

■               The very day of His death - Daniel 9:26

The Bible (the greatest book ever written)

Consisting of 66 separate books Written by 40 different authors Over a span of 2000 years Brought together into one volume It has no errors or contradictions

Its message can be summarized into one verse;

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16