Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God?
By Jason Carlson and Ron Carlson 5/25/11
During a question and answer session at a recent speaking engagement, a university student asked me, "Why do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God?" Now this is a very interesting question; and probably one of the most important questions any Christian could ask themselves. What is so special, so unique about the Bible that Christians believe it is literally the inspired word of God?
In answering this student's question, I encouraged him to consider the following facts about the Bible:
First, the Bible is not just one single book. This is a more common
misconception than many people realize, especially with people who do
not come from a Judeo-Christian background. Rather than being a single book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scriptures. These 66 books contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy, wisdom literature, letters, and apocalyptic just to name a few.
Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These
authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen,
doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally.
Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1500 years. Yet
again, this is another reminder that many of these authors never knew or collaborated with one another in writing these books.
Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different
languages. In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and cultural circumstances in which each of these books were written.
And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents:
Africa, Asia, and Europe . Once again, this is a testament to the
varied historical and cultural circumstances of God's people.
Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different
authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different
continents. What's more, this collection of books shares a common
storyline- the creation, fall, and redemption of God's people; a common theme- God's universal love for all of humanity; and a common message-salvation is available to all who repent of their sins and commit to following God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66 books contain no historical errors or contradictions. God's word truly is an amazing collection of writings!
After I had shared the above facts with this student, I offered him the following challenge: I said to him, "If you do not believe that the
Bible is the inspired word of God, if you do not believe that the Bible
is of a supernatural origin, then I challenge you to a test." I said
to the student, "I challenge you to go to any library in the world, you
can choose any library you like, and find 66 books which match the
characteristics of the 66 books in the Bible. You must choose 66
books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, written on 3 different continents. However, they must share a common storyline, a common theme, and a common message, with no historical errors or contradictions." I went on to say, "If you can produce such a collection of books, I will admit that the Bible is not the inspired word of God." The student's reply was almost instantaneous, he emphatically stated, "But that's impossible!"
"But that's impossible!" It truly is impossible, for any collection of
human writings. However, the Bible passes this test. The Bible
contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents, with no historical errors or contradictions. The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of Divine inspiration.
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THE AGE OF THE EARTH
"As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the LORD is tried: he is a
buckler to all them that trust in him"
(2 Samuel 22:31).
Have you ever been in a cave? If
you have, perhaps someone has told you
that the rock formations hanging from
the ceiling -- called stalactites -- are
thousands or even tens of thousands of
years old. Scientists tell us that
stalactites take 100 years, on the
average, to grow one inch. But just how
accurate is this figure?
Stalactites grow where water seeps
through limestone rock, dissolving
limestone in the process. When this
water containing dissolved limestone
emerges from the roof of a cave, it
hangs for a moment. In a current of air,
some of it evaporates, causing the
limestone to deposit. Finally, the
remaining water drops to the floor of
the cave and continues to evaporate and
deposit. The deposit on the floor is
called a stalagmite.
A concrete railroad bridge in
Wooster, Ohio had a stalactite growing
under it that was over 12 inches long!
Had the railroad bridge been standing
for more than 1,200 years? Obviously not
-- in fact, the bridge had been cleaned
of stalactites only 12 years before! Nor
is this situation unusual. More than 300
stalactites were counted growing under
bridges in just this one city, and
stalactites are not hard to find under
concrete bridges in most cities.
We take so many things at face
value that evolutionists tell us about
the world, even if they contradict the
Bible. Before we start taking human
words on faith, we should take at face
value what the Creator says in the
Bible. He knows more than all scientists
put together and is to be trusted above
any human teacher!
Facts on Why We Cannot Earn Our
Salvation is a gift of grace
that we receive through
faith alone (Ephesians
are justified, or made right
in God’s eyes, through faith
in Jesus Christ, not by
keeping the law (Galatians
Jesus removed the debt we
owed, and its obligations,
through his death on the
cross (Colossians 2:13-15).
Bible declares that human
efforts to obtain our own
righteousness are misguided
Jesus taught that outer
works of righteousness don’t
address the inner, spiritual
problem of our sin (Matthew
information on the incredible
nature of the gift of salvation
available through Jesus Christ,
please check out Dr. Carlson’s
lecture, “World Religions & the
Uniqueness of Jesus Christ”
available in MP3 or CD in our
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"And God blessed them, and God said unto them,
Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the
earth, and subdue it..." (Genesis 1:28).
How long have people been living on the Earth?
The evolutionist says two million years. The
Bible-believing Christian says about six
thousand. Who is right?
Statistically, a couple must have 2.1 children
to keep a population at the same level. In
practice, this means a minimum of three children
per family. Let us suppose for a moment that the
biblical account of the Genesis Flood, in which
just eight people survived is true. Let us
further suppose that each family from this point
in history had 2.4 children on average. This
very modest number will take into account all
the deaths through infant mortality, plagues and
war. How long would it take to reach today's
world population? Surprisingly, the answer is
just less than five thousand years. This figure
fits nicely into known historical records.
Now suppose we take the evolutionary view that
mankind has been on this planet for two million
years and we begin with two people -- or eight,
it will make little difference -- and they also
had the statistical 2.4 children per family. We
will finish up with a number so impossibly large
that the universe itself would not hold them!
Aware of this problem, the textbooks explain it
away by speaking of "population stability
throughout this time." This is nothing short of
an appeal to a miracle! Frankly, the biblical
account is far more believable.