Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Is the Bible truly the words of God?

When I witness the events taking place in the world today particularly the on going debate between the Muslims and the Christians, the fight between Isreal and the Arabs, the most recent happening of 'War on Terror'; I often wonder about which book is the Truth - The Quran or The Bible?

I have found and condensed something written about the bible from this website (http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-God-Word.html):

Is the Bible truly God’s Words?
Internal evidence:
1. The Bible’s unity despite being written by more than 40 authors living on three continents and over a period of 1500 years. From the beginning to the end there is no contradiction in the bible.

2. Detailed prophesies in the bible. The Bible contains hundreds of detailed prophecies relating to the future of individual nations including Israel, to the future of certain cities, to the future of mankind, and to the coming of one who would be the Messiah, the Savior of not only Israel, but all who would believe in Him.

There are over three hundred prophecies concerning Jesus Christ in the Old Testament alone. Not only was it foretold where He would be born and what family He would come from, but also how He would die and that He would rise again on the third day. There simply is no logical way to explain the fulfilled prophecies in the Bible other than by divine origin.


3. The bible has a unique authority and power seen the way countless lives have been transformed by reading the Bible. Drug addicts have been cured by it, homosexuals have been set free by it, derelicts and deadbeats have been transformed by it, hardened criminals reformed by it, sinners are rebuked by it, and hate has been turned to love by reading it. The Bible does possess a dynamic and transforming power that is only possible because it is truly God’s Word.

External evidence:
1. The fact that the Bible accurately and truthfully records historically verifiable events.

2. The integrity of the human authors. God used men from many walks of life to record His Words to us. They were not honest and sincere men. Examining their lives and the fact that they were willing to die (often excruciating deaths) for what they believed in.

3. The indestructibility of the bible. The Bible has suffered more vicious attacks and attempts to destroy it. From early Roman Emperors like Diocletian, through communist dictators and on to modern day atheists and agonistics, the Bible has withstood and outlasted all of its attackers and is still the most widely published book in the world today.

In my next post I will find some material about the Quran.

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