Friday, June 3, 2011

The Bible: God's Miracle Book

The Bible is unique in that it does not include a haphazard collection of writings. It is an organic whole. Anyone who reads the Bible carefully will quickly realize that there is a unified plan behind the arrangement. There is a unity about the Bible that is nothing less than marvelous. It is inspired, authoritative and entirely trustworthy. What are the grounds for believing this? Consider the following:

 The Wonder of its Formation. The 66 books of the Bible were written by about forty different writers who lived in different countries, spoke different languages and came from different backgrounds. Among the writers were a king, a doctor, a herdsman, a tax gatherer, a scribe, a fisherman, etc. Their material was written over a period of 1600 years, so there was no collusion among them. Yet, when these 66 books are placed together there is perfect unity and harmony between them. What is the explanation? Only one – the Bible is God’s miracle book.

 The Claim of its Writers. God is the author of the Bible, but He employed many human writers. These writers claimed to be writing down the words of the Lord when they used such phrases as, “Thus saith the Lord.” This expression occurs hundreds of times in the Bible. Paul said, “All Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16; cf. 2 Peter 1:21). How can the fact that the biblical writers claimed to write under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit be explained? In this way: the Bible is God’s miracle book.

 The Accuracy of its Statements. A view held by some is that the Bible is full of errors; however, what appear at first glance to be discrepancies are cleared away after careful investigation. There is not one single proven inaccuracy in the whole Bible. It is flawless historically, geographically, genealogically, scientifically, psychologically, typologically, and verbally. What is the reason for this amazing accuracy? The Bible is God’s miracle book.

 The Fulfillment of its Prophecies. Biblical prophecy is not just a guess or a mere prediction based upon present knowledge, but it is history written in advance. For instance, there are over thirty Old Testament prophecies relating to Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion. Every one of them was fulfilled when he died on the cross. What is the explanation of this prophetical accuracy? It is this: the Bible is God ’s miracle book.

 The Insistence of its Message. There is one message that is found throughout the Bible. It is the message of God’ s great love for sinful humanity as evidenced by the gift of his Son who provides salvation to all who will obey him (cf. Romans 5:8; Hebrews 5:9). How do you account for the fact that there is one basic message running through the whole book? The explanation is this: the Bible is God’s miracle book.

Thank God, the Bible is inspired and serves as an authoritative guide for man. It is absolutely trustworthy because it is God’s miracle book. Let us love it, believe it, learn it, practice it, defend it, and pass it on to others.

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