How Do I Know the Bible Is the Word of God?
The unity of the Bible
No work of literature written over thousands of years by 40 different writers can deliver a coherent and consistent message. The Bible does. From Genesis to Revelation, we see the gradual unfolding of God’s salvation plan. Although the Bible contains teachings on hundreds of controversial subjects, there are no contradictions among the various authors. Together, the Bible offers us definite answers to our most basic questions: Where do we come from? Where do we go after death? How can we know and be reconciled with our Creator? The amazing unity of the Bible tells us that God inspired and oversaw the writing of its books.
The historical and geographical accuracy of the Bible
Modern archeological findings have confirmed the accuracy of the people, places, and historical events recorded in the Bible. New discoveries continue to affirm rather than discredit the Bible.
The prophetic accuracy of the Bible
Deuteronomy 18:22 tells us that the test of a prophet’s authority is the accuracy of his predictions. Measuring the Bible by its own test, we find that hundreds of prophecies recorded in the Bible have been fulfilled, including the rise and fall of major world empires (Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek/Hellenic, Roman); the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple; the birth and death of Jesus Christ; the re-establishment of the nation of Israel; the ageless enmity between Jews and Arabs.
The scientific accuracy of the Bible
Although the Bible is not a book about science, many statements in the Bible were confirmed by scientific discoveries hundreds or thousands of years after the time of their writing. [e.g. a spherical earth (Isa 40:22); the earth suspended in space (Job 26:7)]
The fulfillment of promises contained in the Bible
Through the Bible, God has offered many promises to those who believe and obey Him. Today, we can experience these blessings when we put the words of the Bible into practice. For example, believers today still receive the Holy Spirit just as the apostles did thousands of years ago. Through prayer, demons are cast out, the sick are healed, and even the dead are raised. In our daily lives, we experience the Lord’s guidance and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. In difficult times, we receive comfort, strength, peace, and joy. These are the fulfillment of the Bible’s promises to believers.
How Can I Understand the Bible Better?
For a basic list of findings that confirmed Biblical recordings, see Josh McDowell, Evidence that Demands A Verdict, vol. 1 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1979) 68-73.
Sheler, Jeffery L. Is the Bible true? San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1999