There is abundant evidence to support the Bible’s claim of divine inspiration – “All scripture is given by inspiration of God …” (2 Timothy 3:16). For example, there is overwhelming data from archaeology confirming the historical accuracy of the Scriptures. Dr Nelson Gluek, an authority on Israeli archaeology, stated:
“No archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.”
Similarly, the numerous prophecies stated in the Bible of events from the distant past to the present have been
fulfilled accurately and in amazing detail.
For example, in approximately 700BC, Isaiah prophesied the moving of the Egyptian idols and the construction of the Aswan High Dam (Isaiah: 19), both of which occurred in the second half of this century. The same prophet made statements about the miraculous way in which the Jews would again possess Jerusalem (Isaiah 31:5). These prophecies were fulfilled in 1917 AD.
More striking evidence of divine authorship came from the investigations of a Russian mathematician in the late nineteenth century. Ivan Panin, then an atheist, discovered that the Biblical text had intricate, unreproduceable numerical patterns which clearly demonstrated that the Bible could only have been created by God.
Although the Bible is a collection of 66 books, written by more than 40 authors – kings, fishermen, physicians, military leaders, tax collectors, farmers and a host of others – over a period of approximately 2,000 years; the numerical seal alone confirms that it is clearly one Book, with perfect unity and consistency throughout.
Further proof that the Bible is the Word of God is found in the fact that many of the principles of modern science were recorded in the Bible long before scientists discovered and verified them. Until Piccard’s Bathyscaph in this century,
none knew of the presence of fresh-water springs in the world’s ocean depths. Yet the author of Job spoke of them many hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.
However, the most exciting, satisfying and conclusive evidence that the Bible is true is that any person may enter into a promised personal relationship with the Lord God.
This experience starts with water baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit with the accompanying signs (Mark 16: 15-20). Multitudes of people have been wonderfully filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
They have been healed, comforted, delivered, protected and provided for by God’s power.
The Word of God miraculously changes lives. We would all be wise to accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God and diligently follow its teachings.