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You Can Be Certain The Bible Is The Word Of God
By David Owen

It is absolutely imperative that you are certain of God’s Word. You will never get much of anything else settled until you are sure of the Bible. Your salvation depends on it, since the Bible says you are born again by the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23). Your sanctification depends upon it, because Jesus said, Sanctify them through thy truth. Thy Word is truth (John 17:17). If you want to be sure of your faith then you need to be certain that the Bible is the Word of God.

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

Skeptics seem to think that the Bible is full of scientific errors. However, before an individual can make that assertion, they had better make sure they know both science and Scripture. I have heard unbelievers state that the Bible is not a book of science, but a book of religion, which is basically true. It is not written to teach us about science, but to teach us about God. However, a close look at Scripture reveals that it is scientifically accurate.

For centuries man believed the earth was flat, but now we know the earth is a globe. The prophet Isaiah, writing 750 years before the birth of Christ, revealed that God sits above the vault of the earth (Isaiah 40:22). The word translated here as “vault” was more commonly translated “sphere.” This is only one of many instances where the Bible declared a scientific fact centuries before men discovered it. In short, God’s Word is not filled with errors. It is filled with facts, even scientific facts.

HISTORICAL EVIDENCE

The Bible is not primarily a history book, but it records history, and all the things revealed in it are historical fact. Historians have criticized the Bible as being filled with errors, but in our lifetime we have seen the history of the Scriptures proven right time after time. For example, linguists rejected the fact that Moses authored the first five books of the Old Testament, claiming that people didn’t know how to write during Moses’ day. But then the Tel Elarmona tablets were discovered in northern Egypt, containing business transactions of people in Palestine centuries before Moses was born. It turns out the Bible was correct—the people of Moses’ day did have a written language. Historians and archaeologists have dug into the history of both the Old and New Testaments, and each time the historical accuracy of Scripture has been upheld. That is one of the reasons we can trust the Bible.

FULFILLED PROPHECY

Another reason we can believe the Bible is because of the fulfilled prophecies contained in it. It is the only book of its kind with so many accurate prophecies. For example., there are over 300 Old Testament prophecies dealing with Jesus Christ that are fulfilled in the New Testament. A skeptic might say that Jesus, as a student of the Old Testament, simply arranged to fulfill these prophecies. But how could He arrange to be born in Bethlehem, fulfilling the prophecy of Micah? How could He arrange to be born of a virgin? And could He have arranged for the psalmist to describe His death by crucifixion long before that style of punishment was first used?

The Bible is not like any other book. It is alive and powerful. You will never grow spiritually strong until you begin to feed on the milk of the Word. You can never move on in your faith until you come to see the Bible for what it is: God’s precious gift to us. You can be certain that the Bible is the Word of God.

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