How do we know the Bible is really the Word of God?

2 Timothy 3:16 says: “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

The Bible claims its words were breathed out by God before they were written down by humans. Any book can claim to be from God. But the Bible is unique. Its credibility backs up its claim.

First, the Bible has proven historically reliable. Archeological discoveries have consistently confirmed the Bible’s historical credibility. Archeologist Nelson Glueck wrote, “It may be stated categorically that no archeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference.”  Since the Bible has proven true in areas we can test empirically (matters of history), we have good reason to trust it where we can’t easily test it (matters of faith).

Second, the Bible has proven prophetically accurate. For example, the exact city where Jesus would be born was predicted over 600 years before His birth (Micah 5:2).

Third, the Bible has been globally influential. The message of the Bible has changed the lives of people from all cultures in all times and all places. I’m an example: the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus has transformed my life.

I’d encourage you to get into the Bible (beginning with the New Testament) and let its life-changing message get into you.

This article comes from Rick Reed’s eBook, That’s A Good Question: Succinct Answers to Spiritual Questions. The 25 questions addressed in this eBook were originally published in a column in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper. You can read, download, or share a free copy of this eBook here.

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