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February 2, 2008

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What makes the Bible special than any other holy book?

by Dave Malnes

Christianity believes and teaches that the Bible alone is the revealed Word of God. Even though it was written by men, the ultimate author was God. This claim was not invented by the Church, but a claim the Bible makes for itself.

“All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25)

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

“For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)

Over two thousand times in the Old Testament alone there are phrases such as “And God spoke to Moses,” “the word of the Lord came unto Jonah,” and “God said.”

The mere fact that the Bible claims to be the Word of God does not necessarily prove that it is so. There are other books that make similar claims. The difference is that the Bible contain very strong evidence as being the actual Word of God.

One significant piece of evidence is the unity of the Bible. Although composed by men, its unity points to the hand of God. The Bible was written over a period of about 1,500 years by more than forty different human authors covering many subjects.  Yet, from beginning to end, there is the unfolding story of God’s plan of salvation for mankind. This salvation is through the person of Jesus Christ.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

 Jesus Himself testified that He was the theme of the entire Bible.

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,”  (John 5:39)

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.”  (Luke 24:27)

The entire Bible is a unity with each part needing the others to be complete.  There is complete harmony which cannot be explained by coincidence or collusion. The unity of the Bible is probably the strongest argument in favor of its divine inspiration. Other reasons could include the testimony of the early Church, the witness of history and archaeology, and the evidence of changed lives throughout the centuries. 

The bottom line is that the Bible is special.  It is unique.  No other book has any such credentials. No other book even comes close.

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  1. hokku
    Feb 2 2008

    You wrote:
    “Even though it was written by men, the ultimate author was God. This claim was not invented by the Church, but is the claim the Bible makes for itself (1 Peter 1:25, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21). ”

    How could the Bible claim it was written by God when the Bible, which is an anthology of documents, did not even exist as such until various books were accepted as “canonical” by the church long after the supposed time of Jesus? And even today there are disagreements on which books belong in the Bible, with Catholics, Protestants, Eastern Orthodox, and Ethiopian Christians all having different lists of books that comprise the Bible.

    Where does the Bible even identify itself as “the Bible,” and where does it identify all of its contents by name, and where does it say that each item included in those contents is divinely inspired and the “word of God”?

    Fact is that the Bible is simply a human-chosen collection of very human and fallible documents that have been revised and edited over time, and chosen not by “God” but by the church for its own purposes. If you can provide clear evidence to the contrary, I invite you to do so.

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  2. merganzerman
    Feb 2 2008

    Thank you, Hokku, for your response. It’s been awhile since we last heard from you.

    The Old Testament books were long held by the Jewish people well before the time of Jesus. That’s pretty well established. During the first century after Christ, some people (gnostics) were teaching things far different than what Jesus and his disciples taught. As a result, the church stepped forward and set apart books and letters which we call the New Testament today. There are other books that Catholics and others use, but they are not widely accepted.

    In regards to the Bible identify itself as being inspired, I suggest you read the verses I mentioned in the post– and there are others.

    Finally, in regards to your claim that the Bible has been revised and edited over time– I think this one is on you to provide the evidence. The truth is, and this is what is truly amazing and miraculous, that over the course of two thousand years, the Word of God hasn’t changed at all. It’s amazing that through all the hand copying– there is very little error (besides a mispelled word or something minisicule.)

    There is too much strong evidence to dismiss the claim that the Holy Bible is inspired by God.

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  3. hokku
    Feb 5 2008

    Merganzerman:

    You did not answer my questions. Instead, you made unsupported assertions. Can you answer my questions specifically, and support what you say with evidence?

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  4. Andy
    Sep 8 2009

    Hi Hokku!!!
    I am Andy and I am a Christian.
    You asked for specific evidence regarding the bible, and insisted that the explanations given by merganzerman are insufficient.
    The thing is, is evidence all you are seeking in your whole life? Do you need evidence to know that there is indeed 24 hours in a day, or 365 days in a year.. when you know a leap year of 366 days is placed every four years so that the years can be calculated correctly with days… you will realise that even things universally created by man is not hundred percent right. Well, indeed, most things in life are still right till proven wrong or made righter.
    The bible’s evidence is in its prophecies which came true, much regarding the judgment of nations that are not found here on earth anymore, for they were judged by God.
    The bible is referred to in it as scripture, or God’s word, bible is a new word as dinosaur is when they refer to large reptiles found
    Look to Jesus, His death and ressurrection, and the prophecies regarding Him

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  5. You are hundred percent correct brother Andy. I am too a Christian. I am from India. All of my friends are Hindus. They asked same questions like Hokku. So, I came here to find answeres to their questions. By the grace of God , I have successed. thank you very much Good site with wonderful materiel

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