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Why the Bible is the Inspired Word of God

The Bible is the main source of the Christian faith. As a Christian, I believe the Bible is the true inspired Word of God. One of the main reasons is because it says it is in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”[1] This is the first reason to believe the Bible is inspired through faith. The Bible states that Faith is the evidence of things not seen and the hope of things we desire.[2] Paul in Ephesians, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith”[3] Following Christ is based upon faith in the Godhead and the Bible. Through that faith in His Word and what He has done we are His children. However, faith in the Bible is not truly a proper reason to state that it is true.[4] If I said, I was able to fly and others believed I could fly that would still not make it true.

In today’s world the number of copies of a book may not mean anything but in the days of the Old and New Testament this is a different story. The fact that thousands of complete copies and parts of the New Testament mean a lot toward its reliability.[5] It was very difficult to create perfect copies through hand coping, but these thousands of copies are the same. After thousands of years and people copying the text it has remained the same. This is an unbelievable feat. The Old Testament does not have the same amount of copies left but we do currently have some very old parts such as the dead sea scrolls. But the New Testament also helps to validate the Old through quoting it and if the New Testament has lasted this long it stands to reason that the Old Testament is too.[6]

I mentioned before that the numerous copies of the text are similar, but the Bible goes a step further. The Bible is very consistent throughout the different books. Even though the full 66 books that make up the Bible were written, “ by more than 40 different writers over a timespan of about 2,000 years”[7] it stays true to itself throughout. The consistency of Scripture is that it focused on the redemptive work of God; from Genesis to Revelations God is orchestrating a plan to regain the intimacy that was lost with Adam and Eve when they sinned. However, this is also one of the ways in which people claim the Bible is not true and must not be inspired by God. The opposing opinion states that there are many inconsistencies throughout Scripture.[8] One of the contradictions in the Bible is from Genesis; God created day and night[9] before making the stars, moon and sun.[10] The interesting thing is that light does not only come from the sun, but there are many forms of light: ultraviolet light, infrared light, radio waves, as well as light that is created by friction.[11] These are ways there could still have been light without the sun. When looking closer at the original text of Genesis 1:16 the Hebrew word can also be translated into “light bearers”.[12] Lastly, Jesus states in John, “I AM the light of the world.”[13] Many Christians believe God was the light during creation, before the sun was created. The reason Jesus made this claim is because He was claiming to be God as in the Old Testament when the Israelites followed a fire by night, which was the LORD.[14]

It has been believed that even if Jesus was truly the perfect Son of God the Bible can not be inspired and perfect.[15] This understanding states that Jesus being God and man was able to have both the Divine and human nature born inside of Him. He was simply able to choose to follow the Divine nature and live a sinless life; however, it is believed this is not true of the Bible because it was written solely by humans.[16] This belief that claims the Bible is not the true perfect Word of God fails to realize the work of the Holy Spirit in the writing of the Bible.[17] The work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer is very important and these two verses from John can help us understand why the idea people with both human and divine natures wrote that Scripture. “The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”[18] “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”[19] Here John is saying that the Spirit of truth will come and live inside of the believer and will guide and reveal all truth to that person; not just truth, but the very words of God. One may say, but this still is not the same as Jesus Christ who was born Divine and human. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”[20] This passage states that the presence of the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Truth does not simply reside in the believer, but creates a new nature; a Divine nature. This leads to the understanding that a believer, through the working of the Holy Spirit, has the same amount of Divine residing inside of him or her as Jesus Christ.

The last reason I believe the Bible is the Inspired Word of God is because historically there is evidence that supports it. In Daniel 2 there are prophecies of three empires including the Roman Empire, but Daniel was written hundreds of years before Rome.[21] This is one of many examples where something in the future was predicted and it came to pass. What was predicted or prophesied in the Scriptures became a reality and is studied today as true history. This is a very clear indication of Divine inspiration, because without a God who is all knowing how can a person know what will come hundreds of years in the future.[22]

As we continue to grow in faith in Christ, I hope this will help this will help you to know what to say to people who may not be sure if they believe in Christ and the Bible.

God Bless!

[1] 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV).

[2] Hebrews 11:1 (NIV).

[3] Ephesians 2:8a (NIV).

[4] Jason Lisle, “How Do We Know That The Bible Is True?”, Answers In Genesis, last modified 2011, accessed February 8, 2016, https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/how-do-we-know-that-the-bible-is-true/.

[5] Robert Velarde, “Is The Bible Reliable?”, Focus On The Family, last modified 2016, accessed February 8, 2016, http://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/the-study-of-god/how-do-we-know-the-bible-is-true/is-the-bible-reliable.

[6] Robert Velarde, “Is The Bible Reliable?”, Focus On The Family, last modified 2016.

[7] Jason Lisle, “How Do We Know That The Bible Is True?”, Answers In Genesis, last modified 2011.

[8] Joseph Sommer, “Some Reasons Why Humanists Reject The Bible”, American Humanist Association, last modified 2016, accessed February 8, 2016, http://americanhumanist.org/humanism/Some_Reasons_Why_Humanists_Reject_the_Bible.

[9] Genesis 1:3-6, “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” (NIV).

[10] Genesis 1:16 & 19, “God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars…And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.” (NIV).

[11] Dr. John Morris, “Sunlight Before The Sun | The Institute For Creation Research”, Icr.Org, last modified 2016, accessed February 8, 2016, http://www.icr.org/article/sunlight-before-sun/.

[12] Ibid.

[13] John 8:12 (NIV).

[14] Exodus 13:21, “By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.” (NIV).

[15] Dr. Daniel Akin, A Theology For The Church (B&H Publishing Group., 2014) Kindle Location 5052-5055.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Ibid (Kindle Location 5486).

[18] John 14:17 (NIV).

[19] John 16:13 (NIV).

[20] 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV).

[21] Jason Lisle, “How Do We Know That The Bible Is True?”, Answers In Genesis, last modified 2011.

[22] Ibid.

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