Amid a time when exclusive claims by Christ and Christians are attacked for being arrogant and self-deceived, here are some practical and evidential reasons the Bible is exclusively true.
1. The Bible’s overarching narrative reveals a Divinely engineered and coherent timeline (past, present, future) for humanity. It does not focus merely on presenting spiritual maxims. Nor does it present its maxims in a random or self-contradictory order from page to page or from book to book; but, scholars observe a rational progression to the Bible’s revelation. Consequently, it is a unique body of Writ that reliably accounts for civilization in a way congruous with secular history and archaeological record. Both external and internal evidence for the Bible assert that its revelation progressed contemporaneously to (and intermingled with) several of the most prominent ancient civilizations as well as the birth of modern Western civilization. Furthermore, the Bible journals humanity’s kings and kingdoms, wars, economies, advances, and calamities in such a way that indicates these happenings are (wittingly or unwittingly) in harmony with a Divine and Sovereign plan for the ages. Based on historical evidences which align exactly with biblical prophecies, this plan is observably being enacted, despite ignorance of it and/or despite attempts to thwart it or discourage it. In this way, the Bible can not be a product of the human mind, individual or collective. These facts attest to the Bible’s ability to present an accurate and authoritative perspective of the past, a rational and legitimate view of the present, and viable predictions of the future. What other holy book tells the story of humanity from beginning to end in such a way?
*[This is not to say that the historical or future accounts mentioned in the Bible are exhaustive; they are Divinely selected for “editorial purposes” consistent with the scope and aim of the Bible.]
2. The Bible describes both God and the human condition in concepts superior to human ability/desire. The Bible describes the depravity of humanity in such a profound, descriptive and honest way that no one human or even collection of humans would be able to articulate it, let alone dare admit to it. In simpler terms, the Bible tells us about us in ways we would never think of us… or admit on our own. Furthermore, the Bible communicates God in concepts superior to the best traditions of human philosophy or constructs of deities.
3. The worldview which the Bible presents is not just accurately descriptive about the fallen nature of humanity, but the Bible also declares a judicially rational and prescriptive remedy for the fallen nature of mankind. In plain words, the Bible doesn’t just tell us the symptoms of evil (as most religions do), nor does it simply tell us we are flawed as humans and leave us to suffer without solution (as satirists do); but, it defines the source of evil within and goes on to give a plain remedy–regeneration and reconciliation to God through a means God provides (since something inherently flawed in nature cannot possibly present a cure for its flawed nature).
4. The Bible does not speak exhaustively on natural sciences; but when it does speak (whether literally or figuratively), science has proven the Bible’s accuracy, despite theorizing to the negative. Mankind’s understanding of the Bible’s scientific assertions has had to develop. Where discrepancies or incongruities have been alleged, mankind’s developments in science or in developments in understanding the meaning of the Bible or developments in archaeology have only served to prove the accuracy of the Bible. The Bible provides a consistent reason for the design, function, fluctuations, and even destructive forces of nature and biology.
5. The Bible both demonstrates and speaks for its Divine origin, literary type and authority. It consistently proclaims and demonstrates its own singular Source and revelatory nature (despite employing at least 39 human agents over a space of about 1,500 yrs.). If its accounts are historically verifiable and if its varied authors all give credit to the Source and not themselves, then why not give the Bible the same or more sympathies as other books which site their source, genre and author? Men whom God utilized to pen its passages admit that the Bible is not their own word (or that they thought it up) but that they received the truth via illumination, and/or that they are merely reporting the exact words from God or angels, and/or that the words were written directly by the finger of God (10 commandments); and so, the themes and lines of revelation from these varying authors are congruous and unified (and even progress seamlessly) when accurately interpreted. This proves the supernatural nature of the Bible but in a natural way.
6. The Bible has seen 100% of its past prophecies fulfilled literally in their prescribed timing and fashion, though some have misunderstood them or misrepresented them. The prophecies which speak of the future and have not yet been fulfilled can be presumed equally accurate, based on the Bible’s past record for accurate prophecy fulfillment. (see prophecies concerning Christ here)
7. The Bible’s revelation has not been successfully eliminated or perverted in part or in whole these 3400 years (a time period spanning from when its first writings were penned to present); but rather its integrity has been observable and proven by such documents as the Dead Sea Scrolls and by the multitude of other extant NT manuscripts, codex, and scrolls which scholars examine. As such, there have been those who have collected them, studied them and organized them since around 1400 B.C. for Hebrew Tanakh and 100 A.D. for the NT. Their accuracy can be attributed to the precise treatment of the documents’ recipients, stewards and scholars… and also to the multitude of comparable manuscripts produced by wide-spread copying & circulation of the documents (esp. in the 1st Century A.D. for the letters of the Apostles). For the NT writings, this sort of copying and circulation was done more than any other contemporaneous document in classical Greek or Roman literature, attesting to its historical origination and popular value in that era (when the materials and skill necessary for writing/copying were expensive).
*[Dates are approximations]
To learn more about how we got our Bible or about reconciling seeming discrepancies in the Bible, please see:
- How We Got the Bible by Neil Lightfoot
- A pamphlet by the same name from Rose Publishing
- A visual book by the same name from Zondervan and Clinton Arnold
- Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer
- The Authority and Inspiration of the Bible – B.B. Warfield