While it is popular today to criticize or deny the integrity and infallibility of scripture, the Bible itself is proof of its claims. Forty authors over 1500 years on three different continents, most of whom never met or spoke, could not have come up with such a detailed and proven record of man’s history with a track record of 100% accuracy when speaking of future events through Bible prophecy.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
Bible critics say, “Any book can claim that of itself.” However, this breaks down quickly when you consider that what the Bible says it will do, it does. Moral standards around the world have long been established on Biblical precepts. Profitable doctrine that reproves and corrects errant thinking and practices comes from a study of God’s word. Students of Scripture are equipped for every good work.
Psalms 138:2 KJV – “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
If God has magnified His word even above all His name, how foolish is it to trifle with it? To reject portions and accept others, or to assign some to a place of cultural irrelevance, is to hold the Bible, and thus the God of the Bible, in low esteem.
The fact is that the book of Daniel was so stunningly accurate in its predictions of future events that many have said it couldn’t have been written beforehand, but must have actually been written after the fact. And Psalm 119 is such a literary masterpiece that it is studied by secular scholars for its sheer poetic beauty.
Psalm 119 is what is known as an octadinal acrostic. Octad refers to “eight”, and an acrostic is where each line begins with sequential letters of the alphabet. What makes Psalm 119 unique is it uses each of the 22 consonants of the Hebrew alphabet eight times in a row before it moves to the next letter. Eight times for each of the 22 Hebrew letters make up the 176 verses of Psalm 119. God had to be involved in such a literary masterpiece!
Psalms 119:160 KJV – “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
The Bible isn’t outdated or out of step with man; man is out of step with the Bible, and the condition of the world is proof. The entirety of God’s word is truth.
Think about it, Ezekiel predicted the return of the Jews to their national homeland followed by a prophecy of a coalition of nations forming together to invade Israel from the north. Ezekiel also records voices of protest to this invasion. The invading nations prophesied about are currently in coalition together, and the protesting nations, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are establishing diplomatic ties with Israel. Man is incapable of such a prediction. Most of the time we don’t even know what we’re having for lunch later in the same day let alone something that is going to happen over 2500 years in the future.
John 1:1 KJV – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Hebrews 13:8 KJV – “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
Jesus is the Word. Jesus doesn’t change, so the word doesn’t either. It, too, is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
James 1:21 KJV – “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
This is what makes denying the inspiration and integrity of the word of God so dangerous. The Bible contains the only message about the only person who has the capacity, through His shed blood as recorded in His word, to save the human soul. That should tell us who is behind all efforts to disparage the Bible – Satan.
The Bible does not “contain” the word of God, it “is” the word of God. The entirety of it is truth, and its truths have been proven time and again, including through the millions of saved souls who have heeded its message.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 – “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
That time has come! Jesus is coming for us soon!