5 Reasons To Believe The Bible Is Divinely Inspired





“Why believe The Bible is true instead of any other holy book?” That’s what so many people ask. Is there any reason to believe that The Bible is true? And how do we know? How do we know The Bible is true instead of all of the other various holy books of the religions of the world? It does no good to simply quote The Bible. That would be circular reasoning. If it were true that The Bible is true simply because The Bible says that The Bible is true, then does that also mean that the Quran is true simply because the Quran says that the Quran is true? What about the Buddhist scriptures?

How do we know The Bible is true and these others are false? I think there are 5 good reasons to believe that The Bible is the divinely inspired word of God. Here they are;

1: Only The God Of The Bible Is Identical To The God Of Natural Theology

One way to show that The Bible is true is that only The Bible correctly describes God. The Natural Theology arguments (i.e The Kalam Cosmological Argument, Fine Tuning Argument, The Moral Argument, and The Ontological Argument) describe a being that has certain attributes. When you examine the various deities described in the holy books of the world's religions, you discover that only Judaism and Christianity describe a being that has those attributes. It's surprising how Natural Theology rules out 99% of the world religions (along with their holy books and deities) as being true. I believe The Bible is inspired because the authors of scripture weren't philosophers, they didn’t know about these various philosophical arguments and yet they accurately depict a being that these arguments show us exist.

The Kalam Cosmological Argument, if both it’s premises are true, show that the universe came into being out of absolute nothingness and was caused by a spaceless, timeless, immaterial, powerful, supernatural, personal Creator. The vast majority of the religions of the world don’t have a being creating all physical reality from absolute nothingness. All of the polytheistic religions have gods bringing order within an eternally existing space-time universe. The Pantheistic religions can’t be true because their god IS the universe, so that if the universe began to exist, then god began to exist. As Hugh Ross of Reasons To Believe once put it in a Seminal Presentation given in South Barrington, Illinois, on April 16, 1994: “…if you were to open up the Holy books of the religions of the world, only one of them would describe God as a being that creates the universe independent of time, space, matter and energy.” Neil Mammen, author of “Who Is Agent X?: Proving that Science and Logic show it is More Rational to Think God Exists” gave a lecture on the evidence for a Creator. In that lecture, Neil Mammen said “And lest you say ah but ALL creation myths start that way it’s natural for everyone to want a beginning. But that is simply not true, it’s only the Judeo Christian Creation that has a transcendent extra dimensional God who creates out of nothing. In every single other culture their creation is made from preexisting materials as we've discussed earlier. It's only Christianity that has a God that creates Time. All other religions don't even understand the concept of a timeless beginning.” In other words, the only religions and holy books consistent with the conclusion of this argument are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Deism.

If The Fine Tuning Argument has true premises, then it shows that our universe, after it came into being out of nothing, was delicately crafted by an Intelligent Designer who wanted life to exist. Occam’s Razor would suggest that we believe the Creator of the Kalam argument is also the Intelligent Designer that this argument shows exists. Why? Because it’s a simpler hypothesis to suggest that the Being who brought the laws of physics into existence is the same Being who finely tuned them for the existence of life. Moreover, it’s probable that the uncaused cause of the Kalam is the designer of the fine tuning because the fine tuning of the laws of physics took place at the very same moment The Big Bang occurred. This argument’s conclusion rules out Deism since the core of Deistic belief is that while God created the universe, He doesn’t care about what goes on our puny planet. He wouldn’t care whether the universe contained life. He only created on a whim.

The Moral Argument rules out Deism and Islam as well as all polytheistic and pantheistic religions and their holy books. Why? Because the argument goes that if God does not exist, objective moral values and duties cannot exist. If objective moral values and duties do exist, then it follows that God exists. By “God” I mean a necessarily existent, morally perfect, personal Being. None of the polytheistic deities are necessarily existent. All of them were birthed by parent deities (like Thor being the son of Odin and Frigga). Necessary existence, by definition, rules out the possibility of not existing….at any time. Since all of the polytheistic deities had beginnings to their existence, they cannot be necessarily existent, and if they’re not necessarily existent, they cannot be the God of The Moral Argument. Moreover, many of the polytheistic deities were morally evil, so they couldn’t be the standard by which we measure peoples’ actions. Islam doesn’t fit the bill because their god determines everything that happens, because he determines everything that happens, he is therefore responsible for all sin and evil that occurs. If he’s responsible for all the sin and evil that occurs, he is therefore evil himself. Also, according to Quran 3:54 and other passages, Allah deceives people. A morally perfect being would never deceive anyone, but always tell the truth. Since He deceives, he’s not morally perfect, therefore Allah’s character is not the standard by which we judge the moral status of peoples’ behaviors. Deism is ruled out because, again, the Deist God doesn’t care what happens in peoples’ lives, so it’s unlikely that he would prescribe the moral law onto peoples’ hearts. Law givers care about whether people keep the law they gave. If the moral arguments’ premises are true, then the Deistic God couldn’t be the necessarily existent, morally perfect Being The Moral Argument describes since He clearly cares about how humans behave which is why He prescribed the moral law onto their hearts. The only religions that have a God who is necessarily existent and morally perfect are Judaism and Christianity. None of the other gods as described by their respective holy books could be the God of The Moral Argument. They’re not necessarily existent nor morally perfect (I mean, Zeus raped a goddess for Pete’s sake!).

The Ontological Argument, if it’s premises are true, proves the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, morally perfect, and necessarily existent Being. None of the polytheistic gods are omnipotent or omnipresent. That’s one of the reasons there had to be so many of them; one god couldn’t run the entire universe all by himself! He needed help from other deities. That’s why there was one god to control the rising and setting of the sun, one god to make people fall in love, another to control the weather, and so on and so forth. The gods also sometimes went to war with one another. They also couldn’t be everywhere at once. For example, Loki couldn’t be causing mischief in Greece and Japan at the same time. And again, none of them were necessarily existent, because they all had parents who birthed them. There was no uncreated deity in any of the polytheistic religions. Unfortunately for the Muslims, they can’t employ The Ontological Argument in their Islamic apologetics because Allah is not morally perfect, and is therefore not a Maximally Great Being. Again, only Judaism and Christianity have a God who’s omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, morally perfect, and necessarily existent.
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Anyway, how could the writers of scripture accurately describe the being that these Natural Theology arguments show exists? They weren’t philosophers. They didn’t know about these arguments, in fact, these arguments weren’t even formulated until centuries after these writers wrote! Perhaps the Being that the arguments show exists inspired the authors of The Bible, and that’s why Yahweh and Natural Theology’s God have the exact same attributes. The fact that none of the other gods of the worlds’ religions bare the attributes of Natural Theology’s God while The Bible’s God does makes this point a very powerful reason for taking scripture seriously.

2: If Jesus Rose From The Dead, Then Christianity (and The Bible by extension) Is True

A second reason to believe The Bible is divinely inspired is because we have powerful historical evidence that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead.

Here’s why Jesus’ resurrection is evidence for the truth of Christianity; If Jesus (A) claimed to be God, and (B) rose from the dead, then all of His teachings carry a lot of weight. We can believe everything that Jesus taught about God and the spiritual realm such as (1) His claim to be God, (2) His teaching that angels and demons are real, (3) that Heaven and Hell are real places, (4) that The Old Testament was the divinely inspired Word Of God, and (5) that belief in Him would determine whether your eternity was spent in either Heaven or Hell. In other words, if Jesus rose from the dead, then the entire Christian religion is validated.

God would never raise a heretic and a blasphemer. If God raised Jesus from the dead, then that means that God put His stamp of approval on everything Jesus said and did; including His claim to be God as well as His belief that The Old Testament was divinely inspired and historically accurate, and several other things. In other words, if Christ rose from the dead, Christianity is true, and if Christianity is true, then The Bible is inspired. There isn’t enough room in this blog post to go into the historical evidence for the resurrection, so I’ll redirect you to blog posts where I do. You can check them out if you’re interested. I dish out the historical case for the resurrection in my blog posts "The Minimal Facts Case For Jesus' Resurrection PART 1" and “The Minimal Facts Case For Jesus’ Resurrection PART 2”.

If you want to go into the historical evidence for Jesus Christ’s resurrection, please go read “The Minimal Facts Case For Jesus’ Resurrection PART 1” and “The Minimal Facts Case For Jesus’ Resurrection PART 2” 

3: Arguments From Fulfilled Prophesy Give Us Reason To Trust The Bible.

A third way to prove that The Bible is divinely inspired come from arguments from fulfilled prophesy. The Bible predicts various things to occur long before these events actually came to pass. For example, Daniel 7:13-14 predicted that God’s messiah would be worshipped all over the world by people of various different languages. This was written hundreds of years before Jesus was even born, and today we know that there are people all over the world who worship Jesus, from America, to Japan, to China, to Germany, and more. People all over the world worship Christ. How could Daniel have possibly predicted this unless He was inspired by a God with foreknowledge? Daniel also predicted the cessation of sacrifices in the temple shortly after the messiah’s death and the destruction of the temple caused by Israel’s oppressors (This prophesy can be read in Daniel 9). This prophesy is even more specific than his prophesy in chapter 7. I think the most reasonable inference is that the book of Daniel was divinely inspired. I don’t think it’s reasonable to believe that he accurately predicted these things by chance.

Another stunning fulfilled prophesy was given by the prophet Isaiah; The prophet Isaiah predicted that the messiah would bring a knowledge of God to the gentiles around the world. Isaiah predicted that because of the messiah, gentiles would come to know and worship Israel’s God. Isaiah 49:6 reads, "I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth."

Today, billions of Gentiles follow the God of Israel and the Messiah of the Jews (i.e Jesus). How did Isaiah know that the Messiah would convert billions of Gentiles? How could he so accurately guess what people centuries from his own time would do? Was Isaiah just really lucky, or was his pen guided by a God with foreknowledge?

Of course, this was hundreds of years before the life of Jesus. We know that both the book of Daniel and Isaiah were written hundreds of years before Jesus was even born. How? Because of the discovery of The Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls were dated to 400 years before the first century. This means that a skeptic can’t get out of these specific arguments-from-fulfilled-prophesy by trying to date the books past the period of their fulfillment, as they so often do. We know these books at least were written prior to their fulfillment. If Isaiah is not divinely inspired, how was he able to so accurately predict what billions of people throughout the course of history would do?

These prophesies only scratch the surface of the accurate predictions The Bible has made. Many more could be given.

4: The Bible Is Scientifically Accurate

Contrary to the claims of skeptics, The Bible is remarkably scientifically accurate!

The Bible’s prophets and apostles stated explicitly and repeatedly several properties of the big bang, a transcendent cosmic beginning a finite time period ago, a universe undergoing a general, continual expansion, a universe governed by decay or entropy, and a universe that will eventually come to an end.

THE BIBLE SAYS:
1.   The universe has a beginning (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews. 1:10, Hebrews 11:3).

2.   Time has a beginning (1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:20).

3.   God is “stretching out the heavens” like a tent (Job 9:8; Psalm 104:2; Isaiah 42:5; Jeremiah 10:12; Jeremiah 51:15; Zechariah 12:1)

4.   Is governed by a "law of decay" (Romans 8)
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5.   Someday this universe will come to an end and be replaced by a “new heavens and a new earth” (Psalm 102:26, Isaiah 34:4; Hebrews 1:10-12; 2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 21:1).

SCIENCE SAYS:
1. The universe began in a hot origin event dubbed by Fred Hoyle as "The Big Bang". Our whole universe suddenly appeared and was in a hot dense state during the first few seconds of it's history.

2. Time had a beginning at The Big Bang.

3. The universe has been expanding since its origin and will continue to expand in the future.

4.  The universe is governed by a law dubbed "The second law of thermodynamics". This law brings things in the universe toward decay and disorder.

5.  Eventually, the universe won't be able to sustain life; the universe may collapse, or at the very least it will run out of energy (as the second law of thermodynamics predicts).

Obvious parallels emerge from these descriptions. Although it is certain the bible writers didn’t specifically have the big bang in mind when they wrote those words, it seems bizarre that they describe so many things that parallel the descriptions of Big Bang cosmology if The Bible were merely a human fabrication. Perhaps that while THEY weren’t thinking of the big bang theory, the God who inspired their words was. In describing cosmology, The Bible authors did a pretty good job.

Moreover, The Bible accurately describes the order of animals that came into existence. Evolutionists date the first appearance of animals in a certain way. Unbenownst to them, the order that they put the animals’ first appearance in, in evolutionary history, is the same order that The Bible puts them in. If you examine the evolutionary timeline, you will see that before humans came beasts, cattle, and rodents, etc. Before those, there were birds. Before birds were reptiles. And before reptiles were sea creatures. So it goes like this: sea creatures, reptiles, birds, beasts and cattle, man. In Genesis 1, you can see the very same timeline, except for the reptiles. I think I know why reptiles were omitted from the Genesis account, but space does not permit me to go into that here.

What are the odds that the author of Genesis; if he were just making up the creation story out of thin air, would get the sequence of the appearance of animals dead on accurate? What are the odds that he wouldn't put man at the beginning of the chain of animals and fish at the end, or some other scientific blunder? Even the fossil record testifies to the scientific accuracy of The Bible.

If you want to delve into this point in more depth, I urge you to read Hugh Ross’ books “The Genesis Question” and “Navigating Genesis”. Hugh Ross is an astrophysicist who is also a Christian. He combines his credentials as a scientist and a theologian to demonstrate the remarkable scientific accuracy of the Genesis account.

5: The God Of The Bible Has Changed Countless Lives

People who have given their life to Christ have had their lives radically transformed by His saving grace; people who were addicted to drugs prayed and suddenly had their cravings for their fix completely removed (e.g Brian “Head” Welch), people who were struggling with depression (even thoughts of suicide) cried out to God and he infused them with joy (e.g Lacey Sturm), people who were resentful and angry found the grace to forgive the ones who hurt them, broken relationships have even been restored by Christ.

Stories of how God changed peoples’ lives abound. There’s a new one told every day told on The 700 Club. A lot of people believe The Bible and its God because they had a personal encounter with them. A lot of them don’t know of the good evidence that I overviewed above, but they believe in Him because He changed them outside and inside. He turned their world upside down. If you give your life to Christ today, I’m sure He’ll change your life just as radically. If you want to read a good book on this topic, I recommend The Case For Grace by Lee Strobel.

IN CONCLUSION

There you have it; 5 reasons to believe The Bible is divinely inspired. The B-I-B-L-E. That’s the book for me.

*Addendum: The author of this post has moved away from Concordism, which argument number 4 relies upon. While the author still believes points 1, 2, 3, and 5 are good arguments for the inspiration of The Bible, he no longer believes number 4 is. 
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