The Bible claims to be the holy and sacred Word of God, "given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 3:16-17). That means we have heaven's
message on earth "in the words which . . . the Holy Ghost teacheth" (1 Cor. 2:13). The idols of ancient nations (Babylon, Greece, Rome,
etc.) supposedly gave sacred messages, as do heathen religions in the modern world. The Hindu offers his Vedas and the Moslem his
Koran. Masonry claims to distill "secrets" and "mysteries" from, many ancient religions, can put the sacred books of any religions on
"our holy altar," and pretend to make all good men "better."
Divine messages are alleged by astrologers, fortune tellers, and prognosticators such as Nostradamus, Jeane Dixon, and Edgar Cayce.
Joseph Smith's Book ofMormon and Mary Baker Eddy's Science and Health pose as revelations. The words of the Pope, the creed books
of Protestant denominations, the cries of charismatics, and the pronouncements of sectarian boards (Watch Tower Bible & Tract
Society, etc.) all avow the inspiration or illumination of the Spirit of God.
The following evidences of divine inspiration are found in the Bible and in the Bible alone. That is why the Bible urges us to reject any
and all other claims of a word from God, and to expose them as fraudulent and false (Rev. 2:2; 22:1819).
|Evidence For Inspired Bible
||All Other Claims Fall|
|Fulfilled Prophecy. Every prophecy matches its fulfillment
perfectly. Over 300 refer to Jesus Christ (Isa. 53; Mic. 5:2)
||Failed Prophecy. No other book in all history can match the Bible
record. Guesses result in hit-&-miss pattern. Jehovah's Witnesses
predicted 1914, 1925, etc. as the end.|
|Resurrection of Jesus. This proved him "to be the Son of God
with power." All power and authority to reveal and command is
his (Rom. 1:4; Matt. 28:18).
||None Raised. None of the leaders listed above can offer such
powerful proof. God gave them no authority to reveal or
|Unity in Message. 66 books by 40 men in 1,500 years all fit
together with perfect unity in purpose and message. Jesus Christ
as God's Son and man's Savior is the one story (Jn. 20:30-31).
||Disunity. No similar collection of religious literature reflects the
unity and harmony of the Bible. Denominational creeds contradict
each other. The Koran is full of contradictions.|
|Genuine Miracles. The miracles of the prophets, Christ, and his
apostles could not be denied even by their enemies. These miracles
confirmed the word as revelation (Acts 4:16; Mk. 16:20; Jn. 3:2).
||Fake Miracles. No other claim to divine inspiration has ever been
confirmed by true miracles. False claims to speak in tongues or
heal are a dime a dozen (Oral Roberts' 900 ft. Jesus says to send
|Text Preserved. No other book has faced as many efforts by its
enemies to eliminate its existence. Yet the Bible text is the most
accurately preserved of all ancient literature. God protects it (Isa.
40:8; 1 Pet. 1:25).
||Texts in Doubt. Pali texts written 300-500 years after Buddha
lived (500 B.C.); earliest copies date A.D. 900. 3,911 changes
were made in the 2nd edition of The Book of Mormon.|
|Many Other Evidences. The Bible record is consistent with all
proven facts of history, geography, science, and archaeology.
||Many Other Fallacies. The Book of Mormon contradicts facts of
history, geography, science and archaeology. It claims to have
been written in Reformed Egyptian; no such language existed.|
|Infallible, Inerrant. The Bible equips man fully unto salvation and
service for God. It teaches error of no kind but reflects the perfect
character of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
||Full of Error. All other claims of divine inspiration, revelation and
illumination reflect the fallible character of their authors.|
Guardian of Truth XXXII: 11, p. 331
June 2, 1988