Why I Believe The Bible Is God’s Word

The BibleWe had a really interesting discussion at our last Life Group meeting. We were discussing God’s Word – The Holy Bible. One of the questions I posed to the group was, “Do you believe the Bible to be truth and if so why?” In other words, do you believe the Bible is God’s Word and if so, how would you explain to an unbeliever the reasons why you believe the 66 books of the Bible, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament, written by 40 authors, are the inspired words of the one true God?

Before I explain what my answer would be, let’s take a look at what the Bible really is.

It is the all-time best selling book in history. It has stirred up more controversy that any book in history as well. Though many have tried to destroy it as well as keep it away from people, it is still around in abundance.

Regarding its substance – it is a book of HISTORY, a book of PROPHECY, a book of POEMS & HYMNS, a book or PROMISES and a book of INSTRUCTION. I once described it as a mirror in that it shows us who we really are and a map because it shows us where we need to go and even a portrait for it paints for us a picture of who God is.

Werner Keller wrote an excellent description of what the Bible is in “The Bible As History” –

The opinion has been, and still is widely held that the Bible is nothing but the story of man’s salvation, a guarantee of the validity of their faith for Christians everywhere. It is however at the same time a book about things that actually happened. Admittedly in this sense it has limitations, in that the Jewish people wrote their history in the light of their relationship to Yahweh, which meant writing it from the point of view of their own guilt and expiation. Nevertheless the events themselves are historical facts and have been recorded with an accuracy that is nothing less than startling.

Now that we have established that the Bible is a very prominent book, both now and historically, as well as discussed its substance, how would I personally defend it as God’s Word to an unbeliever?

I could take the archaeological approach, digging up all the archaeological finds that have occurred throughout history to support the historical events and places of the Bible. I could also mention the Dead Sea Scrolls, which consist of roughly 1,000 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1979 in eleven caves in and around the Wadi Qumran (near the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea) in the West Bank. Furthermore, I could point out all the prophetic events that have been fulfilled, especially pointing out the number of prophecies that Jesus Christ Himself fulfilled, some events that were written about thousands of years prior to them taking place.

However, I think the most solid and valuable argument I can give as to why I believe The Bible is God’s Holy Word is that God Himself has REVEALED it to me as such. When God revealed Himself to me back in 1988, He at the same time revealed to me that The Bible was His Word.

“What?” you might say. How and why does God REVEAL Himself to people? Is that even scriptural?

In Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 16, where Jesus asked his disciples who they thought He was and Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (vs 16),” Jesus replied in verse 17, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not REVEALED to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.” They knew He was the Christ ONLY because God had revealed it to them.

In Luke 10:21, we find a similar occurrence:

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because you have HIDDEN these things from the wise and learned, and REVEALED them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

Finally in John 17:6, Jesus praying to the Father once again makes mention of this “revealing:”

“I have REVEALED YOU to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.”

Have you ever tried to read the Bible apart from being saved, born again, becoming a Christian, or whatever else you want to call the regeneration process? To all I have spoken with, it did not make much sense. There is good reason for this and that is because the Bible is a mystery to those who have yet to experience the regeneration (born-again) process.

One can know The Bible frontwards and backwards but it is still shrouded in mystery because God has not revealed it to them. Satan probably knows the Bible better than anyone who has ever read it and yet had he understood its true mystery, he very likely would not had delivered Jesus up for to the cross – an act that ended up defeating him.

You can argue with any unbeliever on the basis of archaeological finds, or science, or the prophecies of the Bible or even the oldest manuscripts we have and they will come up with an opposing view every time. However, when you argue on the merits that God has revealed His Word to you, they have nothing solid to oppose that.

I would also mention that not only has the Word been revealed to me, it has changed my life as well. The Gospels clearly demonstrate God’s love for me through the life of Jesus Christ. The Bible’s promises give me a hope for the future I did not have before. Paul’s letters to the churches show me that I can master sin as opposed to it mastering me. The Old testament, besides providing a wealth of life examples, reveals to me that I cannot please God by my own efforts and constantly reminds me of my need for a Savior.

Don’t get me wrong – it is good to know that archaeological studies have confirmed the historical aspects of the Bible and that prophecies have been fulfilled and that we have very old documents that validate what the Bible translations say today. In fact I’d encourage you to read books like “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” by Josh McDowell or even the book I am currently reading entitled, “The Bible As History” by Werner Keller.

But remember that if you are truly saved and have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, The Bible has been revealed to you. It is no longer a mystery but rather it living and powerful in our lives (Hebrews 4:12).

Author: David Wallace

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  1. @Korinthian – First of all, you haven’t beat anyone in an argument. It is a figment of your imagination. Secondly, when you insult me or anyone who who decides to comment here, those will be deleted… I don’t care how long you spend writing them.

    You being such an unbeliever, I wonder why you waste time arguing with Christians any way. You have certainly demonstrated that you are not open minded and you accuse us of being non-critical thinkers? What is your motive then – just to stir up trouble?

    Finally, you accuse me of being dishonest (which is dishonest in and of itself) and of hiding. Who’s hiding? I’m right here. You hide behind a fake email address and provide no link to a site in which people can find you.

  2. When I beat you in an argument you delete my comment. I won’t waste more time debating you. I won’t spend ~30 minutes writing something that you remove in 2 seconds.

    If there is any other christian out there that is actually willing to debate on equal terms, give me a link.

  3. @Korinthian – You said, “There are archaeological evidence proving lots of things in the bible, but lo and behold, they don’t support any of the miracles.”

    So it is the miracles you have a problem believing? If you were to see a miracle today, would you still disbelieve the miracles documented in the Bible? I imagine the answer would be yes. Even if I told you I have seen real live miracles, you would probably not believe me either but would want some kind of proof.

    Pascal’s Wager, huh? I have never heard of it until now. In my belief system, it is not really a wager nor is it the reason I have faith in God. Sure in the beginning of my encounter with God, not wanting to go to Hell may have been part of the motivation to drawing me to Him. But it is certainly not what has kept me some twenty years.

    Rather it is the knowledge of Him. It is His love for me and my love for Him. That is why I follow Him. And more than the fear of going to Hell, I have a much greater fear of missing Heaven, not just Heaven as a place, but being with Him for all eternity. I could not even imagine the thought of spending an eternity separated from God.

    Finally I would not want you to think I am ignoring your last question where you say, “you seem to have missed to explain why you use the bible to prove that the bible is true… to unbelievers, no less.”

    Please recall where I wrote the following:

    I could take the archaeological approach, digging up all the archaeological finds that have occurred throughout history to support the historical events and places of the Bible. I could also mention the Dead Sea Scrolls, which consist of roughly 1,000 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1979 in eleven caves in and around the Wadi Qumran (near the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea) in the West Bank. Furthermore, I could point out all the prophetic events that have been fulfilled, especially pointing out the number of prophecies that Jesus Christ Himself fulfilled, some events that were written about thousands of years prior to them taking place.

    So you can see that I did not “use the Bible to prove the Bible” alone as I alluded to other aspects (i.e., archeology, manuscript evidence, prophecy). I simply didn’t go into great detail with those items but rather chose to focus on the “revelation of God.”

  4. There are archeological evidence provings lots of things in the bible, but lo and behold, they don’t support any of the miracles. We knew where the stories took place, saying that “there’s proof of Jerusalem’s existance” proves nothing of teh christian god, it only proves that people writing the book knew of the place, doesn’t it?

    I mean, 90% of all books today could be supported by archeological evidence (or just looking out the window) that doesn’t make them history books: they are still fiction.

    And why, oh why, are you trying to connect “faith” with archeology? If we are in fact talking about the science (aren’t we?) then very little faith is needed (which is why it is a science).

    Religious people of Jesus’ time had lots of miracles thrown in their face, apparently on a daily basis. Not so hard to believe if you are an iron age shepherder that just saw someone walk on water, is it?

    You: “God has revealed Himself to me. An unbeliever can never understand this, try as they might. However, other Christians do understand this.” – But I bet a hindu could understand it, or someone believing in Thor. Do you think they would believe you? I assume you will ignore this question (again).

    Ask yourself the following: if a man walked up to you and said he had seen a magical flying dwarf with a booming voice, would you A) assume that he was telling the truth, B) think he was somehow deluded, or C) think of him as a liar?

    You: “On the other hand, if you are wrong and I am right, at the end of your life, you are going to stand before a holy and just God and have to answer Him when he questions you why you did not accept the gift of His Son (Jesus) as the only way to know Him and to enter His heaven. This will be followed by you going off into an eternity of suffering like those living today cannot even imagine.”

    Holy cow on a pogo-stick, are you actually using Pascal’s Wager? He was alive around 300 years ago, and this is still an argument christians use? You can wikipedia “pascal’s wager” if you want a whole list of debunkings of this faulty argument, but I can sum it up for you:

    a) You assume your god is the correct one. If there were other gods (which the ten commandments seem to suggest) they could have easily appeared before you too.

    b) The argument assumes that one can just choose a belief (can you choose not to believe, this instant?).

    c) Would your god reward someone that believed in him just because it was a safe bet?

    That argument was debunked at least 200 years ago, do try to keep up.

    So basically, if we disregard b) and c), you still have 1/20000th of a chance less than me to end up in some religion’s hell. Safe bet? Hardly so.

    Oh, and you seem to have missed to explain why you use the bible to prove that the bible is true… to unbelievers, no less.

  5. @Korinthian – My Bible tells me that without faith, I cannot be saved. I have to have faith in a God I cannot see or physically touch. I have to have faith that the only way to Him is through Jesus Christ. I have to have faith that His promises of eternal life are valid as well as His promises to take care of me now are real.

    The religious leaders of Jesus time were constantly asking Him for a sign and yet He gave them no sign but proclaimed that faith was the key.

    So even though there is plenty of scientific and archaeological evidence to support the Bible (even though you refuse to look at it or believe), my belief is based on faith. Because I have such faith, God has revealed Himself to me. An unbeliever can never understand this, try as they might. However, other Christians do understand this.

    Finally I would pose this question to you, Korinthian and that is in the end if you are right and there is no God and the Bible is simply a book of fairy tales, then I have still lived a wonderful life. I am happy, fulfilled and have a purposeful life. If there be no God, at the end of it I go into the ground and cease to exist.

    On the other hand, if you are wrong and I am right, at the end of your life, you are going to stand before a holy and just God and have to answer Him when he questions you why you did not accept the gift of His Son (Jesus) as the only way to know Him and to enter His heaven. This will be followed by you going off into an eternity of suffering like those living today cannot even imagine.

    Seems to be a heavy price to pay while you shake your fist and demand a sign that God exists.

  6. If this is aimed at UNBELIEVERS, why on earth would you use bible verses to prove your points that the very same book is true? That is very illogical to say the least.

    Archeological evidence: No jewish slaves were ever in Egypt, nor did they wander around the desert for 40 years afterwards.

    Evolutionary studies contradicts the whole Adam and Eve story (and various sciences pretty much dispose of all of Genesis.)

    Anecdotal evidence: pardon me for saying it, but people from every religion has “personal experiences” that proves everything from elephant gods to the latter day saints’ “fact” that Jesus went to the americas after he was ressurrected.

    Using “Satan did it” as a way to convince a non-believer of anything is pointless and a very weird tactics indeed.

    “You have to believe to understand the bible so you can believe” sounds circular at best. If the evidence of the bible only appears after you have already accepted their validity, evidence is pointless and a non-factor. Taking something on faith requires precisely 0 evidence.

    “However, when you argue on the merits that God has revealed His Word to you, they have nothing solid to oppose that.” – We have something very solid: the fact that the burden of proof is on you, and as I said earlier, anecdotal evidence are pretty much worthless, especially when dealing with the supernatural. If you claim something, you prove it.

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