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Old 02-04-2013, 04:40 PM  
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Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God?

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During a question and answer session at a recent speaking engagement, a university student asked me, “Why do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God?” Now this is a very interesting question; and probably one of the most important questions any Christian could ask themselves. What is so special, so unique about the Bible that Christians believe it is literally the inspired word of God?
In answering this student’s question, I encouraged him to consider the following facts about the Bible:
First, the Bible is not just one single book. This is a more common misconception than many people realize, especially with people who do not come from a Judeo-Christian background. Rather than being a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scriptures. These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature, letters, and apocalyptic just to name a few.
Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally.
Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1500 years. Yet again, this is another reminder that many of these authors never knew or collaborated with one another in writing these books.
Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different languages. In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written.
And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Once again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances of God’s people.
Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents. What’s more, this collection of books shares a common storyline- the creation, fall, and redemption of God’s people; a common theme- God’s universal love for all of humanity; and a common message- salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66 books contain no historical errors or contradictions. God’s word truly is an amazing collection of writings!
After I had shared the above facts with this student, I offered him the following challenge: I said to him, “If you do not believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, if you do not believe that the Bible is of a supernatural origin, than I challenge you to a test.” I said to the student, “I challenge you to go to any library in the world, you can choose any library you like, and find 66 books which match the characteristics of the 66 books in the Bible. You must choose 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, written on 3 different continents. However, they must share a common storyline, a common theme, and a common message, with no historical errors or contradictions.” I went on to say, “If you can produce such a collection of books, I will admit that the Bible is not the inspired word of God.” The student’s reply was almost instantaneous, he emphatically stated, “But that’s impossible!”
“But that’s impossible!” It truly is impossible, for any collection of human writings. However, the Bible passes this test. The Bible contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents, with no historical errors or contradictions. The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration.
The next time you encounter someone who asks you why you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, try sharing this challenge with them. Better yet, don’t wait until you’re asked, just go ahead and share this challenge with a friend today. You don’t even have to mention the Bible up front, just ask them if they think it would be realistic to assemble such a collection of books. After they say, “But that’s impossible!” you’ve got a ready-made opportunity for sharing the truth of God’s word with somebody!




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Old 02-04-2013, 05:55 PM  
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Too many errors in what he said to post them all. He needs to reread history.
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Too many errors in what he said to post them all. He needs to reread history.
Wow. So many errors that you didn't even name....one. Lol
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Pretty sure I could find a collection of 66 books with similar content, written by 40 different authors hailing from 3 different continents over the course of 1500 years, which have nothing to do with Christianity.
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Pretty sure I could find a collection of 66 books with similar content, written by 40 different authors hailing from 3 different continents over the course of 1500 years, which have nothing to do with Christianity.
"Similar content" is subjective. I doubt that you could find 66 books that meet the criteria mentioned have the same parallels and be nearly as profound of a single compelation. There is a reason the Bible has been printed more than any other book, in more languages, in more nations, and over a longer period of time than any other book.
I don't care what you think, the bible has no match.
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"Similar content" is subjective.
I rest my case.
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I rest my case.
What I meant is that your definition of "similar content" likely will not shake a stick at the parallels found in the Bible. Nowhere will you find the kind of prophesy and fulfillment of prophesy and dynamic detail of the life of Christ with an extensive detail of events leading up to His birth. I am not a seminary professor so I will choose not to go down this road. However, I am confident that the Bible cannot be matched by any other document.
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I choose not to get into a big argument about this. I just will say that as a person who has extensively studied Bible history, the minister who wrote that is very misinformed, of course that is very common among clergy. Most clergy continually repeat things that are not even in the Bible and have no idea of it's history.
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“Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God?” — An Atheist’s Rebuttal

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