Grace For The Journey
Skeptics aren’t the only ones who raise questions about the Bible. Even Christians might ask: “How can believers claim that the Bible is true compared with any other book used as a foundation for religion? What makes the Bible stand out from other pieces of writing that claim they also came from God?”
So, how do we authenticate the Bible? Let’s look just two reliable sources . . .
(1) Consider The Bible’s historical authenticity.
The Bible has been substantiated both historically and archeologically as more accurate than any other book handed down through time. Research and analysis by historians, linguists, sociologists, and archeologists have demonstrated the accuracy of the Scriptures through forensic science, the discovery and study of ancient literature, and much more.
(2) The Bible is set apart from all other books in one other way: its prophetic accuracy.
A large portion of its prophecy has already been fulfilled with absolute precision. A classic example is the foretelling of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. In Micah 5:2, the prophet Micah told of our Savior’s birth over 700 years before it happened. Matthew has recorded the fulfillment of this prophecy for us in Matthew 2:1-6. What makes this prophecy stand out is the obscurity of Bethlehem. Had Micah mentioned a major metropolis in Israel, the argument could have been put forth that Micah had merely guessed well. Yet, Micah recorded the mind of God by pinpointing this remote region as the site of Christ’s birth.
Prophetic Scripture is accurate in all its detail
Because God Himself moved the writers to record it.
Of course, Micah’s prophecy is just one of several hundred that have already been fulfilled in the Bible. God is not bound by time, space, or matter. He knows the beginning from the end, and prophecy involves the recording of His thoughts before an event historically happens.
In 2 Peter 1:20–21, the Bible says, “No prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
Someone has made this observation: “If you were to mathematically figure the probability that 100 prophecies would occur accurately; that is, without any errors, it would require 200 billion earths populated with 4 billion people each to come up with one person who could give 100 accurate prophecies.” In other words, it would be impossible. But the Bible contains hundreds of prophecies written by a number of inspired writers over a period of centuries that already have come true. That’s because these prophecies are not based on chance, but on the eternal knowledge of God.
Isaiah 53 alone contains a number of prophecies, including Jesus’ piercing, His scourging, and even His silence in the face of oppression and accusation. The passage speaks of His grave and His purity. The passage also mentions that our own iniquities would be placed on Jesus as our sinless Savior. The Bible says in Isaiah 53:3-4, “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and we hid, as it were, our faces from Hi;; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows …” These words tell a tale much more painful than scourging itself. Jesus came not only to bear our sins, but also our burdens.
In your pain, know this one truth: You are not alone. Jesus sees. He knows. He cares. He’s been there. And, because He has suffered, He offers a comfort not merely rooted in intellectual assent but in compassionate understanding.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”