Why we have confidence in the Bible
On Canada Day while handing out gospel tracts to throngs of happy celebrants, a middle-aged Muslim was handed some gospel literature. A brief discussion about Jesus ensued. He spoke about his love for Christ as a wonderful prophet. After a brief exchange an invite was given to attend our Sunday Service where Jesus would be worshipped as the one and only Savior.
It is doubtful how anyone can read the Bible through and not learn for themselves that the central theme of this book is about Jesus, whose purpose is to bring us to life with God (John 5:39). Jesus was more than a prophet. He is the sole Savior and only hope for mankind. What this means is that the promise of salvation through the Old Testament Law and Prophets had ultimately found its fulfillment in Jesus Christ who according to God’s plan justified us through His death on the cross then resurrected the third day from death to ascend forty days later to heaven. He will return to gather His church and judge the world in the last day (see Luke 24:27; Luke 24:44; John 1:45; John 5:46; Acts 10:43). Jesus Christ is the central figure to God’s plan of redemption that forms the seamless unity throughout the sixty-six books of the Bible. Thus no other book could compare to the Bible’s absolute uniqueness and unerring unity. It stands alone among all other religious books. There is no other way to describe it than to speak of it as supernatural both in origin and preservation. From Genesis to Revelation from creation to consummation you discover the same theme throughout — Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners!
Men who claim inspiration for their own religious books often fail to admit their own blind bias. For instance, the Quran does not invite close scrutiny of its contents as does the Scriptures. Any talk about corruption in the Bible remains unsubstantiated with no clear proof from its most avid critics. In many respects the Bible throws down the gauntlet to find anything but truth lining its pages. Many who have taken up such an enterprise have learned for themselves the infallibility of the Holy Scriptures.
In addition to the cohesiveness and truthfulness of the sacred text, the Institute of Creation Research states that “The Bible has proven to be more historically and archaeologically accurate than any other ancient book. It has been subjected to the minutest scientific textual analysis possible to humanity and has been proven to be authentic in every way.” Everything from archeology to astronomy to linguistics to comparative literature to manuscript evidence to historical analysis of Biblical events and the Bible consistently comes up on top in every department!
Prophetic accuracy of future events deserves special mentioning. These predictions have been fulfilled with impeccable precision. No other book can possibly lay claim to 2000 prophecies which have found fulfillment. The Bible’s 100% success rate is clear evidence to the reliability of the Bible. Countless predictions hundreds and even thousands of years prior to their fulfillment are given to show the trustworthiness of Scripture. Here are only a few: Micah the prophet identifies the birth place of Jesus in 700 BC (Micah 5:2). Zechariah declares that Christ would be betrayed for the price of a slave in 500 BC (Zech.11:12,13). Jeremiah accurately foretold the building of a certain quarter in Jerusalem 2600 years prior to its construction in 1948! (Jer. 31:38-40) So why then so much skepticism in the face of overwhelming proof? You do not have to look very far outside of your own self to find out where the fault lies. As long as humans remain in their rebellious state against God and are unwilling to receive His invitation to come to the truth man will continue to oppose Him and everything that reminds him about God. The only way out of this endless cycle of denial is to admit to our own helplessness and confess our failures and sins to Christ before forgiveness and restoration can be granted. The Scriptures teach that If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:31, 32).
In two weeks: Reaching Muslims with the Gospel.