Is The Bible God's Word?
by David J. Stewart
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" —2nd Timothy 3:16
Evidence That the Bible is God's Word:
Because it claims to be (as read in our Scripture above).
Because It hits the nail right on the head concerning the sinfulness of mankind. 2nd Timothy 3:1-7 reads, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
Mankind is evil through and through. The humanists say man can improve. The New Age gang says that we can become gods. Evolutionists claim we all came from apes (with NO proof whatsoever). The Mormons say we can become gods. Do you think the American Psychiatric Association is going to tell you that you're a sinner on your way to Hell if you die in your sins? No! This is not just religion friend, this is YOUR LIFE!!! What Book is there on this earth that gives you the plain truth about mankind and life? THE WORD OF GOD is the only answer! The Bible plainly teaches that man is prone to destruction because man has a sin-nature (Romans 3:10,23;5:12;7:21).
Archaeology is in agreement with the Word of God. Not one spadefull of dirt has ever been uncovered to disprove the Word of God. In fact, many Archaeological expeditions have provided substantial evidence in support of Biblical claims. We don't need Archeology to prove the Bible, the Bible is evidence enough by itself. Yet, here are more proofs if you need them. The Bible Itself is all the evidence I need.
The Bible is scientifically accurate. Isaiah 40:22 declares that the earth is round. Leviticus 17:11 declares that the life is in the blood. For centuries doctors foolishly drained the blood out of their patients resulting in certain death. The Bible also mentions astronomy, Job 9:9 mentions Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades. Proverb 17:22 teaches that good health is directly linked to being happy. Psychiatrists offices are overflowing today with the stressed out people. Happiness can only come from being saved and living for the Truth of God's Word.
The Bible was miraculously written. The Bible was written over a 1,500 year period by 40 different men as God's Holy Spirit moved through them. There is NO earthly way possible that so many men (most of whom never met each other), could have written so many different books in different styles that all perfectly merge into one meaningful Book, but with God all things are possible!!!
The world's hatred for the Word of God. John 3:20 reads, "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." This is why the unsaved world hates Jesus Christ and His Word so intensely, because They expose sin! NO book on this planet is hated anywhere near as much as the Bible. Most people hate the Truth. Speaking the Truth is a fast way to make enemies, "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?." The world hated Jesus without a cause because He spoke the Truth (John 15:25).
The world's hatred for Christians. Jesus said, "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world" -John 17:14. I've been despised and hated my whole life because of my Christian testimony. I know what it's like to be ostracized by others, to be lied about, to be called a hypocrite, to be laughed at and ridiculed, to be the black sheep of the family. But I know God will make everything right in Heaven.
Jesus told us that we'd be hated. It's really Jesus and the Bible that they hate, not us. I'm not going to feel bad about something that God said would happen. I don't like to be hated, but I love the Truth and want to please God by proclaiming It far and wide.
The attack from false religions. The book of Koran is a jumbled mess containing no prophecy at all. The Koran attacks Christians, Jews, and the doctrines of the Bible. The Jehovah Witnesses (JW's) claim that Michael the archangel became Jesus. They deny Christ's deity. The Mormons deny Christ's deity. The Catholics pervert the Bible by teaching the necessity of the sacraments for salvation, etc.
Wiccan witches reject the Word of God as fables. New Agers teach that there are millions of ways to God, just follow the light; but the Word of God proclaims that there is ONLY one way to Heaven and that's through Jesus Christ! Every false religion in one way or another twists and corrupts the Word of God. The attack is against the Word of God!!!
The woeful condition of the world. The Bible clearly teaches that Satan is the god of this world (2nd Corinthians 4:4). John 10:10 plainly declares that the Devil only comes to kill, steal, and destroy. It's obvious that there are evil forces at work beyond human suffering and war. Most people believe in God and Satan, so why is it so hard to accept the idea that God would want to communicate with His creation (humanity)?
It doesn't surprise me that spoiled Americans would deny the existence of God and Satan, but ask anyone in a third world nation if they believe. Pride blinds men's eyes. 1st John 5:19 declares that the whole world lieth in wickedness.
The existence of Satanists and occult groups. The fact that all these Satanic groups, like the Church of Satan are proof of Satan. Wicca witches deny the existence of Satan, but Biblically they are of Satan. Just because they deny the Devil doesn't mean he doesn't exist. Hitler was known to levitate above the floor. He was infatuated with the occult. America is plagued with occult groups such as Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones, Freemasonry, and many more. Freemasonry commonly displays an upside down pentagram representing the Devil.
They worship the great architect, Baphomet (Satan). Just look online at some of the witchcraft websites speaking about spells, charms, astral projection, astrology, etc. The Bible clearly forbids such activities (Deuteronomy 18:10; 1st Samuel 15:23; Isaiah 47:13, Ephesians 5:11).
The Holy Spirit in my heart. Romans 8:9 reads, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." And Romans 8:16, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:" What a wonderful Truth, God's Holy Spirit lives within the body of every believer. I know that the Bible is God's Word because the Holy Spirit within my body tells me so. It's not something I can describe. All I can say is that when I read the Word of God, it all makes perfect sense to me. I thank God for His Precious Word!
All of the modern corrupt Bibles. The fact that Satan is trying to eradicate the Truth by corrupting It's contents speaks volumes. The fact that every modern Bible diminishes the deity of Christ, the blood atonement, the Godhead, and many other doctrines as compared to the King James Bible is evidence that the Bible is indeed God's Word. Sadly, even many believers have bought into the Devil's lie of swapping their trustworthy King James Bible for a perversion like the New International Version which completely removes the words "Godhead," "sodomites," and even "begotten" in John 3:16. It is so obvious that Satan is relentlessly attacking God's Word.
Man wouldn't have written the bible. Man couldn't have written the Bible if he wanted to, and wouldn't if he could have. Why would men write a book condemning themselves? Not one book throughout history even comes near to the Bible's description of mankind. Jeremiah 17:9 reads, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" What man could write such a thing?
The lie of evolution. The fact that evolution is taught as if it were a fact all across the world is evidence of man's unwillingness to learn the Truth. Evolution has no scientific basis, it cannot be tested or studied. Evolution is NOT science, but a mere theory of atheist conjectures. If the Bible is not true, then why is mankind desperately trying to hide his ignorance concerning creation. There is NO answer which makes sense except God. Please read Is There a God?. Evolution is proof of one thing, that man is afraid of the Truth.
Fulfilled Bible Prophecy. The Word of God is filled with much prophecy. Here is a page of many Fulfilled Bible Prophecies. It would be astronomically impossible for any one man to have fulfilled all of the prophecies which Christ fulfilled.
Some Things Were Not Meant to be Understood
A man recently sent me a letter asking how I knew the Bible was God's Word. He said that the Bible contained many contradictions that confused him. A simple web search under "Alleged Bible Discrepancies" will provide hundreds of links to answer any skeptics questions. Google alone provided 701 links. Several excellent books have been written on this issue which will also show up in any web search under "Alleged Bible Discrepancies."
The problem is that a lot of people want to argue, they're belligerent. They DON'T want to learn the Truth, they just want to argue what they believe. I don't argue with people, I generally just send them Bible verses. Let them argue with God.
The gentleman who wrote me also asked how Noah was able to provide Eucalyptus plants for the Koala's on the ark. He also wanted to know why the tower of Babel was an issue when planes today fly much higher than the tower of Babel could have been built. Then he asked where Cain got his wife. I sent him the following Scripture...
"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself." -Titus 3:9-11
The word "subverted" simply means that he is destroyed of himself. He is corrupted to the point where he is unreasonable. You can't logic with him because he has become his own worst enemy. The Word of God directs us NOT to answer questions which have no answer...
"But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes." -2nd Timothy 2:23
I don't try to answer questions that have no obvious answer. The Apostle Paul clearly said that God has only provided us with a limited understanding, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known" -1st Corinthians 13:12. Too many believers try to answer questions which do not need to be answered. I'm not going to try to figure out where Cain's wife came from.
Does it matter? To the godless reprobate that is already biased against God's Word, you've got to prove everything to him or else he claims he won't believe. The truth of the matter is that he wouldn't believe anyway even if you could prove it to him. Abraham told the rich man in Hell concerning his brothers still living, "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead" -Luke 16:31.
What is Proof?
I get all sorts of letters from people wanting "proof" that the Bible is God's Word. What is "proof." Is it not relevant? Proof is based upon evidence. The evidence that I might consider as "proof" of something may not be enough evidence for you. You can present the same evidence to 10 different people and they may not all except it as proof. Hence, some people believed that the earth was round hundreds of years ago simply because Isaiah 40:22 said that it was (or because they saw that the moon was round).
Yet, there were also plenty of skeptics back then who adamantly proclaimed that they'd go to their graves believing that the earth was flat. Everyone who believed the earth was flat was wrong, but they were sincerely wrong. Likewise, many people today are sincerely wrong about the Word of God. To me, the Word of God itself is proof enough that It is the eternal, inspired, infallible, incorruptible, preserved Word of God. If it is not enough proof for you, then your fate is in your own hands.
I receive so many letters from people who want to argue over foolishness. They don't really want to find the Truth of God's Word. Arguing, like gossip, is a cheap form of entertainment for some people. The Apostle Paul in this Scriptures we just read advises us to "reject" belligerent people who just want to argue foolishness. By "Reject" Paul simply means that we shouldn't waste our time trying to convince someone who already has formed a biased opinion. I receive many wonderful letters from people who need my help, and I always do my best to help them.
It's not that we should give up on anyone, but there are so many people who haven't heard the gospel that need our help. Let us be productive for God and not allow Satan's critics to preoccupy our precious time which can be spent helping those who want to be helped. Romans 10:15 reads, "...How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" Notice that the Bible doesn't say it is beautiful to argue with people. What is beautiful is the good news of Jesus Christ. I have written an article concerning this which I hope you will read titled, The Simple Gospel.
We must all read the Bible for our self and then personally decide whether or not we believe It is God's Word. There is NO magic bullet. Either you believe the Bible is God's Word or you don't! I believe 100%!
The Heart of the Matter...
To him who believeth, no explanation is necessary; to him that believeth not, no explanation is possible.