Why Do We Believe the Bible?
There is nothing more simple or basic than this for a Christian — to believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God.
There is nothing more simple or basic than this for a Christian — to believe what the Bible teaches.
There is nothing more simple or basic than this for a Christian — to do what the Bible teaches, if we have the hope of eternal life. Which is what we are all striving to attain.
A lot of people today do not believe the Bible is inspired. It is difficult sometimes to believe, but it is far more difficult not to believe. Let's just look at a few bits of evidence that prove beyond any doubt the fact that the Bible truly is the word of the almighty God.
Now the atheists assume that life came from dead matter, without any outside stimuli. This would be a far greater miracle than the resurrection of the dead. They maintain all things exist as a result of chance. For example, a watch cannot by chance bring itself into being. Neither can a universe. If the pieces of a watch were placed in a box and shaken for a million years, they would not arrange themselves into a watch. The organs of the human body could in no way arrange themselves as they are. It is totally stupid to believe any of these atheists' theories. We need to completely discard any of these chance theories and believe in an eternal mind.
The Bible is a textbook on religion … the science of correct living. It is not a textbook on material science. It was written hundreds of years before modern science originated, yet it is scientifically accurate. Modern science has never really disproved any statement in the Bible, but has proved and demonstrated hundreds of the things that the Bible anticipated. Many of the truths were beyond the range of human understanding and knowledge at the time they were written, but are now simple scientific knowledge. Just to mention a few briefly, we know that not too many years ago men thought the earth was flat, but we read in Isaiah 40:22, "It is God that sitteth upon the circle of the earth," and in Proverbs 8:27, "He setteth a circle upon the face of the deep." There were all kinds of explanations of how it was held in place (on Atlas' shoulder, for example). After men sailed around the earth, they discovered that it touches nothing, and then they understood what Job 26:7 said — "He … hangeth the earth upon nothing." The book of Job is absolutely scientific for Job wrote by inspiration.
When men found out that planets move, that was a big discovery. Galileo was severely punished for supporting this theory. Job 38:31-32 clearly teaches that planets move. The law of gravity is certainly announced in Job 26:7. In this verse is also stated about the empty space in the north, that's what astronomers discovered hundreds of years later. The thousands of stars (several scriptures) are like sands of the seashore — "without number." Then we have all the prophesies of the Bible, and these prophesies are clear and hundreds of years intervene between the prophecy and its fulfillment. In every case the agreement is perfect. The divisions of the human race, the fate of specific people are predicted with startling clearness. Nothing can account for this except these men spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
A complete history of Christ was written eight hundred years before he was born. Hundreds of Old Testament prophecies relate to the coming of Christ, his lineage, events in his life, his crucifixion, resurrection and ascension were all predicted. Think about this, 66 books were written by 40 different men from all walks of life over a period of 1600 years, yet it all blends together. There is no contradiction, there is no discord. 2 Timothy 3:16 says "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 2 Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
These facts should strengthen our faith. We need to just sit down once in a while and think how blessed we are to have God's word revealed to us, so that we may read and study to save our souls eternally, and for the opportunity to teach others that we come in contact with daily.