I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God...and therefore, I believe that the God of the Bible is real. Why do I believe this? Here are six reasons.
- The Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, written by over 40 different men from all walks of life, on three different continents, over a span of 1,500 years. And what's amazing is that these men all addressed countless controversial topics with amazing consistency and harmony. Beyond that, they all contributed in their own way to a greater theme, or story: the story of God's scheme of redemption. It's impossible to get two random people to agree on everything. To get over forty men from different cultures and time periods to agree on everything is definitely impossible. So either there is an incredible intricate conspiracy at work here, or these forty men were inspired by a common source.
- When the issue of salvation comes up, we often focus exclusively on Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. This is like looking at the beautiful flower without appreciating the intricate root system underground, or the process by which that beautiful flower has grown from a tiny seed. Yes, the cross is the climactic point of God's plan, but to truly comprehend the depths of God's plan, we have to study the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, we find the "mystery of Christ" (Ephesians 3:1-7). Clues are given inthe stories of Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, etc. We see the foreshadowing. We see God's plan slowly but surely unfolding...perfectly and beautifully. And then, in the life of Jesus, we see it all coming to a head. Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law (Luke 24:44). And it is my firm conviction that this intricate scheme of redemption is so deep and so incredible that no man could ever have produced it on his own accord.
- Unlike the Book of Mormon and other so-called holy books, the Bible is supported by an insane amount of archaeological and historical evidence. The lands and cities of the Bible can be visited today. The nations and kings mentioned throughout the Bible did exist, as confirmed by historians and archaeologists (read this article). From the Mesopotamian culture of Abraham's day, to the dealings of the kingdom of Israel, to the early days of Christianity, the timeline of the Bible has been overwhelmingly proven.
- One of the most powerful evidences of the Bible's divine authorship is prophecy. Prophecies about Cyrus (Isaiah 44:28), the Phoenician city of Tyre (Ezekiel 26), the succession of kingdoms from Babylon to Rome (Daniel 2-8), and of course, the dozens of specific prophecies of the Messiah, are found throughout the Old Testament. We can prove that these very specific prophecies were made before they were fulfilled, and we can examine not only the Bible, but historical records, to prove their fulfillment. The only explanation is God!
- While the Bible is not a 'science textbook,' it does make statements regarding the natural world that have been proven to be true. Many of these scientific statements were made long before they were discovered by secular scientists. We call this "scientific foreknowledge." While I do not endorse everything said on this website, click here to learn more about this.
- For what it's worth, I also believe that the God of the Bible, as He is defined and characterized from beginning to end, has exhibited Himself providentially in my life. I have seen Him at work not only in my life, but the lives of countless others. His providence. His care. His love. It's been truly an amazing experience.
So much more study can be done on all six of these points, and if you're truly interested in such a study, there are a ton of resources out there to help you in your journey. Hopefully, you can see that I have not blindly accepted the inspiration of the Bible. Through much study, I have concluded that the Bible is inspired by God...which means, of course, that the God of the Bible is real.