Why the Bible really is God’s word
Why is the Bible any different from all the other so-called “holy books”? Is the Bible a collection of fairytales? Or is it solid truth that changes lives? Good questions! Have you ever taken a moment to discover the truth for yourself? For a “holy book” to truly be God’s word, it must stand out from the rest. The Bible or any book for that matter must have irrefutable evidence that supports its credibility. Read on and decide for yourself.- The Old Testament: There are at least 1,251 biblical and nonbiblical manuscripts supporting Old Testament writings. Historical documents predating the Bible, such as the “Gilgamesh Epic” and Sumerian texts, give detailed accounts of biblical events. Other conclusive manuscripts like The Dead Sea Scrolls, unearthed in 1947, serve as a powerful foundation for the law and the prophets of Israel. These ancient records along with 25,000 archaeological discoveries support the truth and context of the 39 Old Testament books. Nelson Gluek, a Jewish archaeologist, states, “No archaeological discovery has ever controverted any biblical references.” Food for thought.- The New Testament: Comprising 27 books written by 11 authors only 16 to 69 years removed from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the New Testament speaks volumes to the legitimacy of its accuracy. Take the famous ancient authors Homer, Herodotus, Plato and Aristotle: Combined, there are only 673 known documents that support the authenticity of their texts. Yet, no one disputes their existence! This fact pales in comparison to the New Testament, which, with scientific and archaeological evidence, is maintained by more than 5,366 manuscripts! Add to that the historical context of Tacitus, Seutonius, Josephus and Pliny. Each of these early chroniclers confirms the historical reality of Jesus of Nazareth, the literal resurrection of Christ, the existence of John the Baptist and the records of Paul’s letters to the first-century churches.”Every part of Scripture is God-breathed,” 2 Timothy 3:16. God specifically spoke to people to record what we call the Bible. Consequently, Fox’s “Book of Martyrs” validates the fact that these biblical writers willingly died gruesome martyrs’ deaths for God’s words they put in writing. Clearly, they wouldn’t die for a myth or fairytale but would die for the truth of God’s grace. Hopefully you get the picture: 40 total authors – over a limited time period, all with the same focus, recording God’s powerful love and salvation history for you and me. Can any other holy book or great chronicle of history make these same claims? No … not one.Each page and every event has been documented in order to compel us to investigate the accuracy of God’s word. Have courage – check it out and learn for yourself. Start with the Gospel of John and carefully read each page with an open mind. Discover how God crafted words and stories to teach you about his compassion and grace toward you. The Bible is the genuine, factual story of the one true Savior, Jesus Christ, who brings us faith, hope and love. After declaring every word of the Bible to be “God-breathed,” 2 Timothy 3:16 goes on to say it is “useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word, we are put together and shaped for the tasks God has for us!” Next week, we’ll explore the reality of Jesus Christ, the Son of God Almighty. The discovery of his authentic love and grace will astound you!Vail, Colorado
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