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Is the Bible the Inspired Word of God?

Written by: Ron Carlson
Date: Dec 19th 2008, 15:39

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.

The next time you encounter someone who asks you why you believe the Bible is the
inspired word of God, try sharing this challenge with them.  Better yet, don't wait until
you're asked, just go ahead and share this challenge with a friend today.  You don't
even have to mention the Bible up front, just ask them if they think it would be realistic
to assemble such a collection of books.  After they say, "But that's impossible!" you've
got a ready-made opportunity for sharing the truth of God's word with somebody!
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Is the Bible the inspired word of God?

What is the Way, the Truth and the Life?

How do I get saved?

What do I pray?

To Whom do I pray?

What does "The Trinity" mean?

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What is the Way, the Truth and the Life? John 14:6
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Jesus said unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes
unto the Father, but by me
.
So Jesus is the Way, His word is Truth and by trusting in Him you can
have Life. This of course refers to spiritual life in heaven with the one true
God.

Who is the one true God?
The only living God.  In other words not  money, possessions, statues or
lust for any object or any person. He is the God of Israel and all who are
grafted in as sons and daughters by accepting Jesus as the Son of God.  
Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

God the Father is also known as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in
the old testament.
How do I get saved?
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not
perish but have everlasting life.  So the answer is that you are to believe in Jesus.  That Jesus IS the
Son of God, That Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that Jesus is alive today as God rose Him up
on the 3rd day(Easter). God the Father loves us so much that He gave us a way that we can be
reconciled to Him forever in heaven and not perish in hell. There is no way we can do it on our own.  We
can not do it by works, only by God's grace to us because we believe by faith in His word. Works means
being good and doing right. Treating other people the way we want to be treated and giving to the poor,
right? You will still do all that and better and easier if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour
because He will help you do it.  The bottom line is still that you are only saved by faith and not works.  

New International Version (NIV)
Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Don't feel like a sinner? Have you ever been angry? Impatient? Envious? We all have. Lust after a
woman or a man? Most of us have. It is human nature. You don't have to be a murderer, burglar or a
rapist to be a sinner.  Most of us are really pretty good people, love our neighbors, pray for our family
and friends, give to our church (sometimes) and may even give to the poor. But we are still sinners and
must recognize that we still need the free gift only provided by Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.

But guess what, even if you are not saved God still loves you.  That is why He provided this way to
reconcile to Him.  He wants you with Him forever in heaven and not to be tormented for eternity, that
will break His heart.

What do I pray?
Dear God, I accept the fact that I am a sinner. I know in my heart that Jesus is your only *begotten Son
and that You sent Him to pay for my sins. Since He lived a sinless life yet died a criminal's death he paid
for sins he didn't do so that those of us who sin and can't pay for them can be saved. To prove that, you
resurrected Him and He lives today so He has overcome death and therefore can offer us life when we
believe.  Jesus, I ask you to come into my life and make me a son/daughter of God the Father.  In Your
precious and mighty Name.

*begotten Son= Born of a virgin by immaculate conception and not conceived by the seed of
man(human)

To Whom do I pray?
You probably know that by now, but if you don't, you are praying to the One True God of the Bible. The
God of Israel. The only Living God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

What does "The Trinity" mean?
God the Father came to earth as Jesus (the Son and also God incarnate). Once you accept Jesus for
who he is you will also receive His Holy Spirit who will lead, guide and direct you.  He will open your
eyes and give you understanding you haven't had before such as when you read the bible. Have you
ever been confused or conflicted when you read the bible?

Once you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, I guarantee that you will want your family,
friends and eventually your enemies (believe it or not) to accept the Lord as you will fear for their
eternal destination.  You will want them in heaven with you for all eternity and not suffering for all
eternity.  It is a scary thing once you have a clear understanding. On the other hand it will give you a
peace beyond understanding knowing that you are covered by the cross and don't have to struggle with
that any more.  You are also supposed to confess with your mouth what your views are.  This means to
say it with your mouth out loud,  share it with those you love.  On the phone, in person, in a letter, an
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