The Bible, Is It True?
Questions: “The Bible, it is the true Word of God? Can a review of prophecies, accuracy, unique structure, and scientific findings substantiate the Bible?”
The authentication of the Bible is demonstrated by the following truths.
We will address three primary possibilities. The Bible is false, the Bible is partly true, or the Bible is the pure representation and Word of God.
The Bible contains 66 separate books, written by over 40 men, during approximately 1,500 years. Some of the writers were kings, others were poets, one was a physician, another a tax collector and some were uneducated fishermen. However, they all claimed that they were transmitting the infallible Word of God, authoritative in its completeness by the Holy Spirit. The interesting consideration that in 2,000 years, no one has ever been able to prove the Bible false.
The Old Testament contains 39 books written from approximately 1400 to 400 BC, and the New Testament contains 27 books written from approximately 40 to 90 AD. The Pentateuch, the first five books of the OT were written by Moses. Later, God used priests such as Samuel, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, descendants of Aaron, to pen other books of the Old Testament. The writings of other men who were not priests -
Around 250 BC, the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek by Jewish scholars in Alexandria, Egypt. This translation became known as the "Septuagint." Septuagint means 70, and refers to the 70 men that composed the translation team.
Jesus often quotes the Old Testament, proclaiming to His disciples, all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me (Luke 24:44).
From about 40 AD to about 90 AD, the eyewitnesses to the life of Jesus, including Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Peter and Jude, wrote the Gospels, letters and books that became the Bible's New Testament. These authors also quote from 31 books of the Old Testament. This is because the true author of the Bible is God Himself. All scripture is God breathed… (2 Timothy 3:16). What God wanted written was written exactly as God directed. …the words of the Lord are flawless (Psalm 12:6).
The Bible contains over 2,000 prophetic predictions that have been accurately fulfilled. Of these, 312 were predictions about Jesus and over 300 of these have been fulfilled, predicting His virgin conception, lineage, ministry, death, and resurrection. These prophecies are specific, even naming the town of Jesus’ birth (Micah 5:2). The 312 prophecies about Jesus were spoken by a number of prophets over more than 1,000 years and still there was not been a single prophetic failure.
It is remarkable that 300 out of 312 prophecies have been fulfilled and the Bible makes it clear that the remaining 12 prophecies are still to be fulfilled. This alone provides amazing statistical authenticity to the Bible. Today, the best of those who claim to know the future are only right about 50% of the time. How could over 30 men, over a thousand years, make 312 prophecies about Christ with over 300 having already been fulfilled with 100% accuracy without the direction of God?
Mathematically, I submit this is conclusive proof that Jesus is the only one that could fulfill the prophecies about the Christ.
God’s prophets predicted the destruction of many nations –Ammon, Edom, Moab, Philistia, and many cities, including Babylon, Nineveh, Tyre, and Sidon. More than 150 years before the birth of Cyrus king of Persia, Isaiah predicted His name, birth, and position and that King Cyrus would release the Jews from captivity (Isaiah 44:28).
“The likelihood of being struck by lightning in a year is 1 in 700,000, of being killed by lightning is 1 in 2,000,000, and of a meteorite landing on your house is 1 in 180,000,000,000,000 or in scientific notation, 1 in 1.8¹⁴ (1.8 with 14 zeros following).” ¹
As detailed below, the probability of just eight prophecies about Christ all being fulfilled is 1 x 10²⁶ (1 in 1.0 with 26 zeros following).
The Proof that the Bible is the Only Word of God
Lets examine a smaller sampling. From Dr. Stoner’s book, Science Speaks, we can see the probability of one man, Jesus Christ, fulfilling just 8 of the 300 prophecies that are mentioned in the Bible, often hundred of years before Jesus fulfilled them.
How is probability calculated? Probability is simply the number of desired outcomes divided by the number of possibilities. For example, the probability of picking the winner out of eight horses would be 1 in 8 and 1 in 64 out of two races. The odds of picking 8 winners in eight races increase significantly to 1 in 1.67 x 10⁷. Micah 5:2 foretold that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. What is the probability? Given He could only be born in one town, and assuming 1,000 towns and villages existed in Israel, the odds are 1 in 1,000 of being correct.
Old Testament Prophecy Fulfillment Probability
Christ to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) Matt 2:4-
John the Baptist the Forerunner of Christ (Mal 3:1) Mark 1:2-
Christ to enter Jerusalem riding a donkey (Zec 9:9) Matt 21:4-
Christ betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:9) Luke 22:21 1 in 1,000
Christ betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zec 11:12) Matt 26:15 1 in 1,000
30 pieces of silver to buy a potter's field (Zec 11:13) Matt 27:3-
Christ kept silent when on trial (Isaiah 53:7) Mark 14:60-
Christ crucified (Psalm 22:16) John 19:17, 18 1 in 10,000
The mathematical probability of all eight prophecies being fulfilled is 1,000 x 1,000 x 100 x 1,000 x 1,000 x 100,000 x 1,000 x 10,000 equals 1 x 10 to the 26 power, or 1 in 10²⁶. 10²⁶ in mint cookies would cover the entire United States over a foot deep. These are also the odds if you were blind folded, walking across the country covered with the cookies, and finally picking up just one cookie, and it being the one and only cookie marked with a cross. Only God could possibly foretell 300 prophecies and have them all occur just as He proclaimed.
Now you may be asking, “What is the probability that 300 Prophecies about Christ could all be correct and accurate?” The approximate probability is 1 x 10⁶⁰⁰⁰. To put this into perspective, the entire earth only contains 1.33 x 10⁵⁰ atoms. Only God knows the future so only God can give 300 prophecies and be 100% accurate. Clearly only the Bible can be the Word of God, and the Word of God clearly foretold of the coming of Jesus Christ.
While the probability proves that only the Bible can be the Word of God, the following is provided as additional support.
Unique Historical Accuracy
One of the greatest Israeli archeologists is Dr. Nelson Glueck, who has stated: "No archeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries." A sample of these discoveries would include:
- Noah's Ark was found in Eastern Turkey in 1977 and declared a National Park by Turkey.
- Sodom & Gomorrah – Found with millions of brimstone (sulfur) pellets embedded in the ruins.
- Red Sea Crossing, found with chariot wheels, horse and human remains on the seabed.
- Coins bearing Joseph's name along with then ruling pharaoh’s name provides evidence Joseph was indeed a real ruler in Egypt.
- Bible age. Carbon dating of shard pieces places it in the 10th century BC, proving that parts of the Bible are nearly 1,000 years older than previously thought. ²
Many modern day scientific facts were noted in the Bible before science discovered the facts experimentally. For example:
- Roundness of the earth (Isaiah 40:22)
- The nearly unlimited extent of the universe (Isaiah 55:9)
- Law of conservation of mass and energy (II Peter 3:7)
- Hydrologic cycle (study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water) (Ecclesiastes 1:7)
- Law of increasing entropy (gradual decline into disorder) (Psalm 102:25-
- Vital importance of blood in life (Leviticus 17:11)
- Atmospheric circulation of air around the world (Ecclesiastes 1:6)
- Gravitational field (Job 26:7) and many others.
While the Bible is thousands of years old, science has never proven any point in the Bible as being false, but has proven the amazing accuracy of the Bible.
The Bible is an amazing collection of 66 books, written by over 40 men over more than 1,500 years, but it is clearly one Book, with each book and each author clearly supporting the truth of the other books with perfect unity. Can you conceive of any group of 40 people agreeing on what will happen in the world even next week?
There are over 7,000 handwritten copies or portions of the New Testament, and of these, only 40 lines are in question and none of these verses impact Christian doctrine or Bible truth.
When the 40 writers wrote each book, they had no idea that someday it would be combined into the Bible as we know it, but amazingly, the books perfectly combine into one whole, as the Holy Spirit guided the writers.
Bible's Unique Affect
The Bible is unique in its affect on humanity. The Bible is the world’s all-
Another proof of the authenticity of the Bible is the impact it has on those who believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Those who follow the Word of God become new creatures in God.
The Witness of the Apostles
If the apostles contrived to pull off a great hoax and all of their writing and claims about Christ were false, when arrested, wouldn’t one expect them to denounce Christ and save themselves. When these apostles saw their fellow apostles being arrested and martyred, knowing the truth, they chose to continue preaching Christ in the face of death. Not one was willing to denounce Christ. They believed so completely, that they preferred to die rather that deny their Lord and Savior. In the end, eleven of the twelve apostles were martyred, a testimony to mankind.
The Witness of Jesus Chris
Jesus confirmed the authority of the Old Testament many times in the Gospels. He says, the Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35). In Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them, meaning that Jesus believed and trusted the Old Testament. Jesus also said, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). In the Gospels, Jesus clearly states that God spoke through the Bible.
Does the Bible contain inaccuracies
Some maintain that the Bible is accurate only to the degree needed to achieve God's purpose.
Christians believe that the Bible is completely accurate while acknowledging that it contains statements that are (1) figures of speech, (2) non-
If I do not accept that the Bible is 100% the word of God, I then start selecting what verses I want to believe and those I want to reject, becoming my own standard of truth.
Your Word is truth (John 17:17).
It is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18).
Your Word is true from the beginning (Psalm 119:160).
How can the Bible be infallible if it is written by fallible humans
Yes, the writers of the Bible were fallible humans, but someone guided them who is infallible, the Holy Spirit. God guided and instilled the truth in His writers, to assure that His Word is a true and flawless guide for His children.
In 2 Timothy 3:16, God proclaimed, All Scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
Psalm 18:30 claims: But as for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s Word is flawless. Thus, the entire Bible is fraud, or the entire Bible is the inspired, flawless Word of God. There is no in-
The bible is the only true guide to God and heaven
Of all the books ever written in the world, only the Bible answers questions related to the origination of the universe, the creation of the human race, the source of the world’s problems and suffering, the way to holy living, how to please God, and what will the end of the world be like.
The truth of the Bible becomes clear to anyone who is willing to approach it with an open mind.
In thousands of years not one person has ever been able to prove the Bible wrong. Science has never proven the Bible wrong, but has often substantiated the Bible.
Thousands of prophecies have come true, often hundreds of years later, exactly as foretold, because only God can see into the future. No other Book in the world has hundreds and thousands of fulfilled prophecies that have never been wrong. No group of men could have ever produced a book with such accurate prophecies without the help of God. Being the only book in the world proven to be the Word of God by God’s prophecies, shouldn’t we believe the Bible and follow the one it tells us to receive in -
Between one and two billion people believe the Bible, trust God, are saved, and are going to heaven. The Bible is the pure representation and Word of God. The Bible is God’s love letter and our map.
With the Bible being the proven Word of God, if you have not received Jesus, shouldn’t you start believing and following what the Bible tells you is needed for heaven?
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