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How Can I Know The Bible Is From God?
By Wayne Seaton

A question that people often ask is: How can I know the Bible is from God? What makes the Bible unique among all other works that claim inspiration? With the reasoning capability God gave us (Is. 1:18) several arguments can be made that will lead to the conclusion that the Bible must be of divine origin. We will consider two of these.

First: God is. By faith we understand that God is (Heb.11:1-5). Faith is not as defines it--belief that is not based on proof. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. The foundation of faith is in evidence and in the conviction of the existence of things that we can't physically see. For example, we know that wind exists.

Though we cannot hold or feel it, we can see its effects, feel it, and perceive its existence. Likewise, we can know God exists. Paul makes the logical argument (Rom.1:19-20) that by the perfect order and design of the universe, as created by God, man can understand the divine nature and the eternal power of God. Knowing that God exists, we can conclude that He must have created man for a reason and purpose. If I make a clock, you will correctly conclude that I made it to keep and tell time. If God made man for a purpose, then God must define that purpose.

Ecc. 12:13 tells man that his purpose is to reverence God and keep His commands. God wants mankind to know His will for man (Eph. 5:17). Jesus came to earth so man would know what God is like (Jo. 14:1-7). God wants mankind to have a godly character (2 Pet. 1:1-11; 1 Pet. 1:15-16).

All these things are to lead man to salvation and a life with God forever, for God is, and He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6). Having that knowledge places an obligation on mankind to find what God's will is, and how we can be conformed to it (Rom. 12:1-2).

Second: The design of the Bible is unique in the literature of the world. The word Bible is from the Greek word biblios meaning book, but the Bible is more than just a book. It is THE book of all time. It is a library of books containing 66 books divided into two major sections. The first section is the Old Testament, a collection of thirty-nine books written in Hebrew and Aramaic by thirty-two men between about 1500 BC and 400 BC. It tells about the creation and the earliest covenants between man and God. The second section is the New Testament, a collection of twenty-seven books written in Greek by eight men from about 52 AD to about 100 AD. It reveals God's final covenant with man.

The two sections, as a whole, were written by about forty different men, from different cultures, from different geographical regions, with different educational levels, from different socioeconomic levels, in three different languages--over a period of about 1600 years. This makes it impossible for there to have been communication or collaboration with one another about what they wrote. Yet they all wrote about one great theme, man's redemption. They wrote without contradicting each other, without deviating from the subject, and without being redundant. Had the Bible been the work of forty different authors, without the inspiration of God, it would be filled with contradictions and diverse in its content. The unity of the Bible proves it to have been inspired by God (1 Pet.1:20-21). Many other evidences confirm the Bible. Yet, through these truths alone, we can KNOW that God is, and that the Bible is His revealed will to man.

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