Now that we know that the Bible claims to be the Word of God,
how can we know that these claims are true?
We all want a direction in our life
and in the steps we take.
In a confusing world, it's wonderful to have the Bible as guidance.
But can we really trust the Bible and its teachings?
Is the Bible merely fiction or myth
or the insights of religious people?
If the statements in this book, the Bible,
are in fact the words of God and worthy of our trust,
then they should be accurate, reliable, and true.
Let's look at a few areas in which the Bible passes this test.
Modern archaeological findings have confirmed the accuracy of the people,
places, and historical events recorded in the Bible.
For example, the Hittites mentioned in the Bible
were once thought not to have existed,
but with recent archaeological discoveries,
there is evidence of this group of people.
In fact, most of the ancient cities mentioned in the Book of Acts
have been identified through archaeological finds.
That includes 32 countries,
44 cities, and 9 Islands shown to exist
and that corroborate that the written narratives of the Bible
are based on fact.
While science cannot prove that the Bible is the Word of God,
if the Bible truly is the word of God,
then the statements of an almighty God would be able to stand up to
what we know so far through science.
Not only is the Bible shown to be accurate
in its description of the universe,
but it made these statements long before human beings
knew these principles to be true.
For example, the Bible says in Job,
which is one of the oldest books in the Bible,
chapter 26, verse 7, that
the earth is suspended over nothing.
It wasn't proven until 1687, when Isaac Newton
discovered the universal law of gravitation,
that the earth floats in space.
In Isaiah chapter 40 verse 22,
God declares that He stretches out the heavens like a curtain
and spread them like a tent to dwell in.
These words were written hundreds of years before Christ.
In the 20th century, the astronomer Edwin Hubble
discovered that we live in an expanding universe
and that space actually stretches out as the Bible describes.
The Bible also states in Job
chapter 38 verse 16 that they are springs in the ocean.
The first deep-sea hot springs were discovered in 1977
on the Galapagos Rift west of Ecuador.
Since then, they've been found in the
Indian, Pacific, and North Atlantic.
Other passages in the Bible refer to
ocean currents and the water cycle
before they were charted out and recognized by scientists.
How would people know that God was inspiring a human author to write?
That would be something hard to detect.
How can it be known that the author
wasn't just writing truthfully or profoundly,
but that he in fact had a special message from God?
One way is through miraculous predictions of the future
that are outside the realm of human ability.
Since human beings are unable to see the future,
the ability to accurately state what will happen is a miracle.
Other books that claim to be divine, such as
the Koran, the Book of Mormon, and the Hindu Veda
contain few detailed predictive prophecies.
The Bible, however, records numerous prophecies of the future,
many of them in great detail,
and hundreds of the Bible's prophecies have been fulfilled.
For example, Jesus predicted that Jerusalem would be destroyed,
and not one stone will be left on another.
Forty years later, Jerusalem was beseiged and burned down
in February of AD 70 by Roman general Titus
and 80,000 of his soldiers.
In September of that year, the walls were also broken down
and the temple was leveled.
The fate of other countries such as
and Greece, was also predicted by prophets such as
Daniel, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.
The outcomes of the countries were fulfilled in history
as the Bible described.
Besides the external evidences mentioned above,
the most direct proof of the Bible being true
and applicable to us
is when we personally experience the Word of God
coming true in our own lives.
through the recorded words of the prophets, the apostles,
and His Son Jesus Christ,
God continues to speak to us today.
God wants to communicate with people.
He doesn't want to be a distant and unknowable God.
It's through the Bible that God takes the initiative
to show us who He is.
In the Bible, God provides what we need to know
to have a close relationship with him.
We just need to follow the way He has set before us,
and we can experience that God is living,
and that He cares to be a part of our lives.
The Bible is filled with promises of God that are meant for us to
receive and benefit our lives.
Within our marriages and in how we raise our children,
the Bible's principles help us find a life of love,
contentment, peace, joy, and purpose.
By taking the words of the Bible to heart
and applying them in times of loneliness, frustration, or sorrow,
you can find comfort and strength.
In times of confusion and doubt,
the Word of God can shed light on your path and guide you.
I've personally experienced that the Word of God is true.
When I began my own personal quest for faith,
the Bible spoke to me and touched the deepest part of my heart.
I've experienced how it has changed me and my life.
I've seen how the Word of God also restored families,
delivered from predicaments,
and triumphed over addictions.
The Word of God offers freedom from sin and harmful patterns of behavior.
The Word of God offers comfort in situations
which you logically should not be able to find peace,
such as before a difficult surgery
or when facing the tragic loss of a loved one.
If you claim the promises for yourself
you can experience for yourself that it is indeed
the almighty and all-loving God
who speaks to us through the Bible.