Often atheists and even doubtful Christians doubt that the Bible is inspired by God or that He even exists. The following are some of the resources that we can use to prove the Bible’s divine inspiration to any honest, unbiased, objective, truth-seeking person you know.
(1) What is faith?
Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Note that it is not the evidence that is not seen but the things that you have evidence for are not seen.
I like the way one writer put it in the book Steps to Christ page 105
“God never asks us to believe, without giving sufficient evidence upon which to base our faith. His existence, His character, the truthfulness of His word, are all established by testimony that appeals to our reason; and this testimony is abundant. Yet God has never removed the possibility of doubt. Our faith must rest upon evidence, not demonstration. Those who wish to doubt will have opportunity; while those who really desire to know the truth will find plenty of evidence on which to rest their faith.”
(3) Are only the words of Jesus in RED to be trusted? Should we only read the New Testament?
Luke 24:25-27 says:
25 “Then he [Jesus] said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe ALL that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
For more on this see: The Red Letter Bible
(4) How do we know that the Bible is inspired by God other than the Bible saying so?
For the sake of brevity links will be given as evidence.
(a) Prophecy – Very, very detailed Prophecies of Jesus that came true. No other book has such detailed, fulfilled prophecies. Other religious books do not really attempt to prophesy! For messianic prophecies and their fulfillment see: http://www.answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/prophecy_jesus.htm or http://www.godonthe.net/evidence/messiah.htm
See fulfilled prophecies concerning cities here:
(b) Archeology– The Bible is proven by facts and artifacts! Archeology proves that the people and places of the Bible existed. There are even cases where the events of the Bible were confirmed by archeology as well. See the account of Archeologist William Ramsay who went to disprove the Bible’s historical account and came back a believer stating that the Bible is accurate. See it here: http://www.evolutionfairytale.com/bibleevidences/archeology.htm See also http://www.mindspring.com/~mamcgee/grace_archaeology.htmlIn the last link given the archeologists state categorically that the Bible record is accurate as archeology has been confirming that record.
(c) The Bible has an unbeatable message.
(i) The Koran proves the Bible. The Koran says in Sura Al Ma’ida 5:68 ‘Say: “O People of the Book! you have no ground to stand upon unless you stand fast by the Law the Gospel and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord.” You can peruse http://www.the-good-way.com/eng/books There is a lot of information there showing how the Koran, despite itself, validates the Bible and even calls Jesus “the Messiah”, “a faultless son!”
(ii) Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu, once told the British viceroy of India that if both of their countries came together based on the teachings of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount they would have solved, not only the problems of their two countries, but the problems of the world.
(iii) Scientists, Presidents and royalty attest to the greatness of the Bible.
See a listing of great scientists who firmly believed in God here: http://www.rae.org/scifaith.html See US Presidents and the Bible here: http://www.bebaptized.org/u.htm See also http://www.basic-bible-knowledge.com/famous-bible-quotes.html
(iv) Atheists and infidels attest to the unbeatable message of the Bible. They also have not given to the world a better message. See http://www.worldincrisis.org/David%20Dare/David-Dare-11.htm, http://www.worldincrisis.org/David%20Dare/David-Dare-12.htm,
That last link is simply brilliant, inspiring and touching! You MUST read it! Let me give you a snippet:
“Socrates taught for forty years, Plato for fifty, Aristotle for forty, and Jesus for only three; yet those three years infinitely transcend in influence the combined one hundred and thirty years that Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, the three greatest men of all antiquity, taught.” “He composed no music, still Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection of melody in the hymns, symphonies, and oratorios written in His praise.” Read the whole page at http://www.worldincrisis.org/David%20Dare/David-Dare-15.htm It is a must read.
(iv) Evolution’s contradictory dates and dating methods. See http://www.sdadefend.com/MINDEX-C/The%20Evolution%20Handbook.pdf The whole book in pdf format is a goldmine of information against evolution.
The Bible presents facts verified by artifacts. Time after time its prophecies confirm its validity with amazing accurateness. Kings and presidents, scientists and sceptics bow before Him for He is King of kings and Lord of Lords. Even the demons two thousand years ago said of Him in Mark 1:24 “ I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.” The Bible is true and Jesus is who He said He was.
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