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Post  Admin on Sat 05 Apr 2014, 9:46 pm

During a question and answer session at a recent
speaking engagement, a university student asked me,
"Why do you believe that the Bible is the inspired word
of God?" Now this is a very interesting question; and
probably one of the most important questions any
Christian could ask themselves. What is so special, so
unique about the Bible that Christians believe it is
literally the inspired word of God?

In answering this student's question, I encouraged him
to consider the following facts about the Bible:

First, the Bible is not just one single book. This is a
more common misconception than many people realize,
especially with people who do not come from a
Judeo-Christian background. Rather than being a single
book, the Bible is actually a collection of 66 books,
which is called the canon of scriptures. These 66 books
contain a variety of genres: history, poetry, prophecy,
wisdom, literature, letters, and apocalyptic, just to
name a few.

Second, these 66 books were written by 40 different
authors. These authors came from a variety of
backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings,
prophets, and others. And most of these authors never
knew one another personally.

Third, these 66 books were written over a period of
1500 years. Yet again, this is another reminder that
many of these authors never knew or collaborated with
one another in writing these books.

Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in three
different languages. In the Bible we have books that
were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek,
and Aramaic; a reflection of the historical and
cultural circumstances in which each of these books
were written.

And finally, these 66 books were written on three
different continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Once
again, this is a testament to the varied historical and
cultural circumstances of God's people.

Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by
40 different authors, over 1500 years, in three
different languages, on three different continents.
What's more, this collection of books shares a common
story line--the creation, fall, and redemption of God's
people; a common theme--God's universal love for all of
humanity; and a common message--salvation is available
to all who repent of their sins and commit to following
God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength.
In addition to sharing these commonalities, these 66
books contain no historical errors or contradictions.
God's word truly is an amazing collection of writings!

After I had shared the above facts with this student, I
offered him the following challenge: I said to him, "If
you do not believe that the Bible is the inspired word
of God, if you do not believe that the Bible is of a
supernatural origin, then I challenge you to a test." I
said to the student, "I challenge you to go to any
library in the world; you can choose any library you
like, and find 66 books which match the characteristics
of the 66 books in the Bible. You must choose 66 books,
written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in
three different languages, written on three different
continents. However, they must share a common story
line, a common theme, and a common message, with no
historical errors or contradictions." I went on to say,
"If you can produce such a collection of books, I will
admit that the Bible is not the inspired word of God."
The student's reply was almost instantaneous, he
emphatically stated, "But that's impossible!"

"But that's impossible!" It truly is impossible, for
any collection of human writings. However, the Bible
passes this test. The Bible contains 66 books, written
by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in three
different languages, on three different continents,
with no historical errors or contradictions. The entire
Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of
Divine inspiration.

The next time you encounter someone who asks you why
you believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, try
sharing this challenge with them. Better yet, don't
wait until you're asked, just go ahead and share this
challenge with a friend today. You don't even have to
mention the Bible up front; just ask them if they think
it would be realistic to assemble such a collection of
books. After they say, "But that's impossible!" you've
got a ready-made opportunity for sharing the truth of
God's word with somebody! 

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