Monday, May 14, 2012

How Do We Know the Bible is True?

"For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory." Rom 11:36 (LB)

The Bible: fact or fiction? Today the Bible has been a subject argued about for many years. Many believe it, but can't defend its evidence. And yet, it's been a book trusted for many centuries,  and the foundation for many people's lives. I shall do my best to ease some of your consciences in the area of Biblical evidence. This should give you some good, accurate insight into what professional scientists, Christian and even Non-Christian, have found and concluded to be evidence consistent with the Bible.

Let's try thinking of the Bible as a history book, or even a time capsule (that's not buried, of course.) It gives a look at our past and what it was like, just like any other history book. It shows us the mistakes and errors of the people who lived during those times, just like many history stories such as the fall of Napoleon. It even gives us good, godly, Christian knowledge on how to live life, shows the difference between right and wrong, and tells us our origin, where we came from. The list goes on and on and on. And it is consistent, and, if you truly live, think, and act the way the Bible instructs, this information works! It even tells us that there were dinosaurs living with humans in Job 40 and 41!

Here are some accurate facts that support the Bible: First, according to the Hebrew record, when descendents of Ham, Shem, and Japheth (Noah's sons) arrived at the Tigris-Euphrates River, everyone spoke the same language. Nimrod, a Hamitic ruler, unified the people of the valley, and began building a tower and city that would keep all the people together. Suddenly something happened that stopped the construction. People began speaking in different languages and couldn't understand each other. People who spoke the same language moved to different locations. The unfinished tower and city were later called Babel, meaning "confusion". Creationists believe the confusion of languages was an act of God because He wasn't pleased with what the people were doing. This supernatural event resulted in migrations and the beginning of other nations.

We must know and remember that the Bible isn't just a book written hundreds of years ago. When the Bible was written, it wasn't written from scratch. The Bible's original language was Hebrew, and it was translated into English for King James in 1611; therefore, becoming the King James version Bible. The Bible, in Hebrew, English, or any type of language or version, has existed for thousands of years. The first five books of the Bible were written by Moses, who was, in fact, Hebrew. And David, an Israelite, is also known for writing most of the book of Psalms found in the Bible. ( Or possibly, his son Solomon)

Israelites are also mentioned in the Bible, including Moses. Between 1447 and 1411 B.C., under the rule of King Amenhotep II, Pharaoh of Egypt, Israelites were enslaved under his rule. According to the Bible, Moses was sent by God (with his brother Aaron) to ask the Pharaoh to free the Hebrew slaves. (King Amenhotep II was a real Pharaoh) Every time the Pharaoh refused, a plague, sent by God, would come upon Egypt. The ten plagues, according to the Hebrew record, were a series of supernatural signs brought against the Egyptian people as a result of Pharaoh’s refusing the Israelites freedom of worship. Each plague was related to nature, the source of all Egyptian deities, and would seem to be a direct attack on their gods. The fact that Egyptian magicians were unable to imitate the plagues proved the power of the true God.

During the rule of King Xerxes (who was a real king) in ancient Persia, there was a beauty pageant much like Miss America or Miss Universe contests. After divorcing his wife for disobeying him, Xerxes wanted a new queen. He held a Miss Persia contest in which all the most beautiful girls in the Persian Empire entered. The winner, a Hebrew girl named Esther, married Xerxes and became queen of Persia. Later she saved all the Hebrews from death when the king was tricked by an advisor to order them killed. This story is recorded in the book of Esther in the Bible.

Years before Alexander the Great (an actual person) was born, a prophet named Daniel (who's in the Bible) lived in Babylon (an actual city in history and the Bible). According to the Hebrew record, Daniel had a dream in which he saw strange and fearful animals fighting each other. Then God revealed to him that the animals represented kingdoms and events that were going to happen. A ram with two horns, the first animal, represented the kings of Medo-Persia. The second animal, a goat with one mighty horn, represented Alexander, the king of Greece. In the dream the goat suddenly appeared to defeat the ram. Then Daniel saw the goat's horn break and become four horns. He prophesied that Alexander's kingdom would be divided into four kingdoms. We know from historical records that Alexander, the king of Greece (the goat), did conquer the Medo-Persian Empire (the ram). When Alexander died, his empire was left to his young son (the goat's single horn). This son died and the empire was divided into four kingdoms, just as Daniel had prophesied many years before.

Every prophecy which appears in the Bible, except for future events, has come true. We can see things happening even today that fulfill prophecies made more than 2,000 or 3,000 years ago.

These are just a small part of the amount of evidence that support the Bible. And these are just historical facts! What we see in God's world agrees with what we see in God's word. If you are ever confronted by someone who's not a Christian, with this information, (and much more out there) you can defend the Bible with confidence with no doubts about what you believe.


Source: Streams of Civilizations Vol. 1 by Mary Stanton and Albert Hyma and Dinosaurs and Creation by Donald B. Young.

Image by Leaping Lizard


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