Know How the Bible Is Different and Unique
Edited by Debbie, Charmed, Eng, Lynn and 1 other
Some people say if they only had proof that the Bible is God's word, they would believe it. Many people are unable to say what positive proof would be necessary to convince them. Would it be a miracle? Jesus did perform many miracles while here on the earth. Yet, people were skeptical and refused to accept them as proof that he was God's spokesman. Why, some even said that it was by the means of the Devil that Jesus performed the miracles! Jesus said that miracles that were worked by other people were actually the works of Satan (Luke 11: 14-19). Therefore, it seems that something else would be needed as positive proof that the Bible is God's word, something that would show the very words of God's word, the messages contained in it, are from our Creator himself.
All scripture is inspired by God and can benefit man, so that he can be fully capable and completely prepared for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16). Some people are hesitant to make an unqualified statement about the Bible. What about you? Which of the following describes how you view God's word?
- A work of fine literature
- One of many equally acceptable sacred texts.
- A book of legends with essential moral lessons.
- The word of God.
A related question is, does it matter what we believe? Think about what the Bible says about itself: That all the things that were written before time were written for our instruction, that through our endurance, the comfort we have from the Bible, might give us hope. If God's word were merely a work of literature or just one of many holy books, would you trust it to instruct you and guide your family especially if its message is different from what you thought to be right? If God's word were a collection of myths, would you obtain comfort and hope from its promises? There are millions who have studied the Bible that are convinced that it is the unique word of God. Why? What differentiates the Bible from all other books? We are going to go over three remarkable features:
How is the Bible different?
Ancient oracles were notoriously ambiguous and not reliable, and modern horoscopes are not any better. Futurology is based on recent trends and rarely even attempts to predict exact events centuries ahead of time. In contrast, Bible prophecies are thorough, and always come true, even if they tell from long ago the things that haven't been done (Isaiah 46:10). In the sixth century B.C.E., there was a prophet by the name of Daniel who saw a vision that foretold in advance the rapid defeat of Medo Persia by Greece. It told beforehand, that as soon as the victorious king became mighty, his throneship would be broken. Who would replace him? In Daniel chapter 8, 5-8, it says that there are four kingdoms from his nation that will stand up, but not with his authority.
What historians say
Over two hundred years after Daniel's time, Alexander the Great became ruler of Greece. Within ten years, Alexander overthrew the Medo Persian Empire and drew out Grecian rule as far as the Indus River. But he died suddenly at thirty two years of age. Finally, a battle near Ipus in Asia Minor successfully ended his empire. The four conquerors of that battle finally divided the Grecian Empire among themselves. None of them achieved Alexander's degree of power. What do you think? Can any other book maintain such a record of fulfilled prophecy?
History Not Myth
Legends and myths speak about fanciful tales that leave out exact locations, dates, and names of historical figures. The Bible includes so many details that reassure readers that its saying are supremely true. (Psalms 119:160) The Bible reports that Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon took the Judean ruler Jehoiachin into exile there. Later on, Evil Merodach the king of Babylon, in the year of his becoming ruler, raised up the head of Jehoiachin the king of Judah out of the house of detention. An allowance was constantly given him from the king daily as due, everyday of his life.(2 Kings 24:11)
What Archaeologists have found
Among the ruins of ancient Babylon, they have uncovered administrative documents dated to the rule of Nebuchadnezzar II. They record all rations given to prisoners and others supported by the royal household. The lists include Yaukin (Jehoiachin) who wrote the king of the land of Yahud (Judah) and his home. What about the life of Nebuchadnezzar's successor, Evil-Merodach? A writing on a vase found near the city of Susa reads, Palace of Amil Marduk (Merodach) King of Babylon, son of Nebuchadnezzar, Ruler of Babylon. Is there any ancient religious text as accurate when it touches on history? Or is the Bible unique?
Ancient books normally feature unstable and dangerous ideas that have been thoroughly exposed by modern science. Today, authors must update textbooks to harmonize with new discoveries. But the Bible claims that its source was by the Creator, and that his Word remains forever. The Mosiac Law commanded the Israelites to get rid of sewage in a covered hole outside of the camp. (Deuteronomy 23:12-13). If they had touched a dead human or animal, they had to wash with water.(Leviticus 11:27-28) Lepers back then were isolated until a physical examine confirmed that they were no longer infected. (Leviticus 13:1-8) Less than 200 years ago doctor's found out that they infected many people when they did not wash their hands after handling dead bodies. The CDC still calls hand washing the single most efficient way to prevent the spread of disease. Would you expect any other ancient holy book to harmonize with modern science? Modern medicine shows that proper sewage disposal, hand washing, and quarantine remain effective ways to fight disease.
A Harmonious Library
Prophecy was not at any time brought by man's will, but men had spoken from God as they were borne along by spirit (2 Peter 1:21).
How is the Bible different?
Books from ancient times often dispute one another. Books written by different men, in different places, at different times rarely harmonize completely. The Bible claims that all of its 66 books have one Author presenting a unified message.
Moses, a shepherd of the 16th century B.C.E., wrote in Genesis that a seed would arrive to save mankind. This book later foretold that the seed would be the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 22:17-18). About 500 years later, the prophet Nathan made known that the seed would be in the royal line of David (2 Samuel 7:12). One thousand years after that, the apostle Paul said that the seed would be made up of Jesus and a group of his chosen followers (Romans 1: 1-4). Then by the end of the 1st century C.E., the last book of the Bible, Revelations, prophesied that members of the seed would bear witness to Jesus on earth, be raised to heavenly life, and rule with him for 1,000 years. This seed will do away with the Devil and save humankind (Revelation 12:17,20).
What Bible commentators say
After a thorough examination of the Bible's 66 books, Louis Gaussen wrote that he was amazed by the imposing unity of this book, collected during 1500 years by so many authors who yet followed one and the same plan, and advanced constantly, as if they themselves understood it, towards that one great end, the history of the world's salvation by the Son of God. Would you expect a book that was written over a span of more than 1500 years, by 40 different men to be completely harmonious? Or is the Bible unique?
The Bible says God's word is a lamp to our feet, and a light to our roadway (Psalms 119:105). Literary works may be considered a model to follow, but they are hardly guidebooks. And modern instruction handbooks need to be modified constantly. God's word on the other hand, claims that the things that were written at that time, were written for man's instruction (Romans 15:4).
Though it isn't a medical guide, the Bible contains helpful suggestions on good emotional and physical health. It states that a calm heart is the life of the fleshly organism (Proverbs 14:30). It also warns that the one that isolates himself will seek his own selfish longing, against all sensible wisdom he will break forth (Proverbs 18:1). Also, it says there is more happiness in giving (Acts 20:35).
What research shows
Strong friendships, calmness and generosity can improve your health. Men who experience explosions of anger have twice the risk of a stroke as men who control their tempers. A 10-year study in Australia found that older people who had better social networks with friends were more likely to live a longer life. In 2008, researchers from Canada and the U.S. learned that spending money on others promotes happiness rather than spending their money on themselves. Would you trust advice on health issues from any other book completed 2,000 years ago? Or is the Bible unique?
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Recent edits by: Lynn, Eng, Charmed