Why is the Bible the “Truth”? Every other religion claims their book is true? How you can be sure the Bible is really the Truth?
This is another one of those questions that has been answered countless times from countless angles. So let me just give you a small taste of one angle for you to consider: uniqueness.
The Bible was written by over 40 different men, inspired by God, from all walks of life, from different areas of the known world, over a span of 1500+ years… and yet it presents a single, harmonious, life-changing message.
In fact, the message of the Bible is in such great harmony, that men have tried ferociously for 2000 years to point out it’s “errors” and the best that can be produced is a few textual discrepancies and some difficult circumstantial situations that are adequately reconciled with various alternative and VERY reasonable explanations.
Yes, there are some tough questions, and some difficulties to consider.. but NONE of these difficulties represent a contradiction of any doctrine or spiritual principle essential to salvation, the church, Jesus or God.
What other religious “holy” book can claim anything even remotely as extraorinary as that? The Bible ALONE is unique among all, ALL, “holy” books.
It is a historical fact that the Bible has transformed nations, cities, communities and individuals all over the world for good. Wherever the Bible is prevalent and obeyed, wickedness decreases, lives are changed for the better and societies become more loving, helpful and caring.
What other “holy” book has this affect on the world to the same degree with the same longevity and same breadth? Today we have a “holy” book that produces terrorism all over the world; other “holy” books create cults and superstituous pagan societies; other “holy” books keep entire nations in abject poverty and misery.
Only the Bible consistently and effectively changes lives for permanent, widespread and eternal good.
The Bible is unique. U-N-I-Q-U-E. One of a kind, with no equals and no competition.
The Bible is the sole book in the world that has predicted future events with incredible accuracy (in fact, with 100% accuracy!). If I could produce a sports book that was written over a thousand years ago, that accurately predicted every score and game in the NFL for the 2003 season, do you think people would trust what it had to say about the 2005 season?
Of course they would. But to trust the Bible, means to answer to God. So mankind conveniently ignores the fact that the Bible has HUNDREDS of prophecies that were fulfilled to the letter – hundreds of years after they were written.
That fact alone should convince any rational, honest seeker of Truth that that Bible is the GENUINE inspired Written Word from the God who created us. No other book in the world even attempts to make the same claim. NONE.
Why then do people still ignore/deny this fact? Well, the Apostle Paul tells us (emphasis mine):
Romans 1:18-23 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. (NKJV)
People don’t see the Truth about the Bible, because they don’t WANT TO. They suppress it. God has made truth known, but men ignore it BECAUSE IT MEANS THEY WILL HAVE TO OBEY GOD, IF THEY ACCEPT GOD’S WORD.
The Bible is the only holy book that has a 100% accuracy rate with regards to predicting the future, which it has done hundreds of times.
The Bible is unique in that the Bible ALONE is prophetically accurate. This is irrefutable evidence that the Bible originates from a supernatural source outside of time and man’s existence. Whoever wrote it (God), is obviously outside of time and space as we know it.
It is abundantly clear by virtue of uniquessness that the Bible is the TRUTH. That clarity is available to anyone honestly seeking truth, but will remain forever hidden to those who are not interested in obeying God, or are attempting to earn salvation – or not interested in God at all.
No other “holy book” in the world even begins to reach this standard. THAT is why we can confidently claim that THE TRUTH and the ONLY TRUTH that leads to salvation and eternal life… even if hundreds of other religions and groups make the same claim. (this confusion is a very succesful tactic of Satan to create weak, fearful and wishy-washy Christians).