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There can be no doubt that the Bible claims to be a supernatural God-inspired and God-given Book. The Bible declares: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” (2Tim.3:16). The expression, “given by inspiration of God”, is a translation of the Greek word “theopneustos”, which literally means “breathed by God”. Therefore, the whole written contents of the Bible in the original languages (Hebrew of the Old Testament and Greek of the New Testament) is God-inspired or God-breathed, which means that the writers of the Bible did not write by their own free will or from their own minds, but wrote as they were inspired and driven by the Holy Spirit: “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2Pet.1:21)
According to the Bible the words written by the prophets were not their own but were the words of God Himself. God merely spoke through them: “God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,” (Heb.1:1). Read also Luke 1:70; 2Sam.23:1-2; Jer.1:9; Ezek.2:7. The death penalty was pronounced upon the prophet who added any of his own words to that given by God: “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, … even that prophet shall die.” (Deut.18:20) To Moses God said: “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it,” (Deut.4:2). Thus, the Bible clearly distinguishes itself from the words of people. The prophets merely wrote down the words that they received from God. They did not always understand the meaning or implications thereof, because they inquired and searched diligently to better understand it (1Pet.1:10-12).
The Apostle Paul declared: “...the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” - thus, not his own words (1Cor.14:37). Read also 1Cor.2:13 and 1Thes.2:13. The phrase “Word of God” often appears and is always of particular significance. Statements such as “Thus saith the Lord”, “God said” and similar others, appear more than 2500 times in the Bible. Therefore, the Scripture should be received as the truth, not as the word of man, but as a supernatural Book inspired by God, indeed as the Word of God.
Backed up by many irrefutable facts and proofs, the Bible differs from all other religious books. Examples include: the fulfilment of prophecies that were prophesied many centuries and even millennia ago; the scientific
accuracy of the Bible; its historical accuracy as confirmed by archaeology; its wonderful uniformity; its inexhaustible depths; its indestructibleness; its unsurpassable doctrine; its unequalled influence; the absence of even a single contradiction; the testimony of the Lord Jesus Himself; the character of Christ; the testimony of His influence on the personal lives of people; and many more. Many of these facts are discussed in this article. One of the most wonderful and irrefutable proofs, is the discovery at the end of the nineteenth century by the Russian scientist, Ivan Panin, of the mathematical structure underlying the Bible in the original languages. A short summary of this discovery is presented in this article.
“Bad people or devils would not have written the Bible, because it condemns them and their works. Good people or angels could not have written the Bible, because by saying that it was from God while it was their own fabrication, would have made them guilty of deception and therefore they could not have been good. The only being that remains who could have written it, is GOD.” - FLAVEL.
Although the Bible was written by thirty three people over a period of approximately sixteen centuries, there is not a single contradiction or change in theme. To end this introduction, the following translation of an Afrikaans religious tract, No.149, of the “Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy, P.O. Box 132, Roodepoort, is presented:
“The Bible contains: the objective of God, the condition of man, the way to salvation, the judgement of sinners, and the happiness of the faithful. Its doctrines are holy, its instructions binding, its history true, and its decisions unalterable. Read it to become wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy. It contains light to lead you, food to sustain you, and consolation to cheer you up. It is the traveller’s map, the pilgrim’s rod, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s character. Here you find the Paradise brought back, the heaven opened, and the gates of hell revealed. Christ is the main Subject, our welfare His aim, and the glory of God His final objective. It must fill the memory, rule the heart, and direct the footsteps. Read it slowly, often and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of delight. It is given to you in life, shall be opened in the Judgement, and shall be remembered forever. It entails the greatest responsibility, rewards the hardest work, and condemns all who take its holy contents lightly.” Read 2Tim.3:16 again.
THE BIBLE IS CONFIRMED BY ASTRONOMY
During the period when the Bible was being written, many works relating to astronomy were also being written. But these works had to be scrapped or
updated every time a new discovery was made. Today it sounds almost unbelievable when some of the statements and theories of the philosophers and scientists of those times are recalled. For example, Anaximines taught that the world had the shape of a table; Leucippus - the shape of a drum; Pindar - that it stood on pillars; and other Greek scientists - that it rested upon the head and shoulders of Atlas. Plato and Aristotle reasoned that the earth was a living organism, and that volcanoes were the result of the earth vomiting. Naturally, true science proved all these theories to be ridiculous. The telescope merely tells the story of what God had already written in His Book.
1. The Bible Knew That The Earth Is Round
In Prov.8:27 we read, “...when He set a compass upon the face of the depth:” (1000 B.C.) and in Isaiah 40:22, “It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,...” (700 B.C.).
One of the most difficult things for the older generations to understand, was how the earth could have a circular shape. It appeared to contradict reason that bodies or objects on the earth’s underside should not fall off, until Newton explained that what we know as weight is simply the effect of the power of attraction between the earth and the bodies or objects in its vicinity. As we have seen above, the Bible clearly stated long before Newton’s time that the earth is round. Who told Solomon and Isaiah this truth?
2. The Bible Knew That The Earth Hangs In Space
In Job 26:7 it is recorded: “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” (1500 B.C.)
Copernicus was the first scientist to discover that the earth is round and that it hangs in space, but many centuries before he was born the Bible had already taught this. Until the time of Copernicus (1475 A.D.), all of mankind thought that the earth rested upon some or other solid foundation. Who revealed this truth to Job?
3. The Bible Knew That The Earth Rotates On Its Axis
This is clearly implied in Gen.1, where the days are described as succeeding one another, and each day consisting of “evening and morning”, “day and night”. This regular succession of day and night can only be explained by the earth’s rotation on its axis. Our Lord Jesus clearly warned that on His return it shall be night in one place and day in another. Who told Moses? How did Jesus know?
4. The Bible Knew That The Stars Are Innumerable
Hipparchus (125 A.D.) said there were 1022 stars. Ptolemy (200 A.D.) said there were only 1026 stars. Galileo (born 18.02.1564) was the very first scientist to teach that the stars are innumerable. The Bible, however, knew this fact long before Galileo, as we see in:
Gen.15:5, where the LORD said to Abram: “...Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them:...” (1900 B.C.), and Jer.33:22, where the LORD said to Jeremiah: “As the host of heaven (meaning here the stars) cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured;...” (600 B.C.).
How is it that the Bible was right on this subject in an age when all the scholars of the world were ignorant of this scientific fact? There is but one explanation: The Bible is God’s own Book.
5. The Bible And Science Agree On Joshua’s Long Day
After Israel’s entry into the promised land, the Bible tells us of a miracle that God performed for Israel’s sake. We read that Joshua said: “Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Aj’alon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed,” (Josh.10:12-13). Joshua desired God to extend the daylight to allow sufficient time for him to utterly defeat the five kings who came up against him. In his great work, “Joshua’s Long Day”, Prof. Totten of Yale University clearly proved that there was one long day at that very period in the world’s history. Recently there was a complete report on how a computer at one of America’s space tracking stations malfunctioned, until one of the operators told the scientists that he had learnt at Sunday School about the “missing day”. After they fed this information into the computer, it started to function correctly. So this incident also proves that it is not merely a Bible tale, but a historical fact. God’s Word is truth, His statements correct and His history perfectly reliable.