BibleAsk Team

How is the Bible different than other religious books?

The Unity of the Books of the Bible

One of the greatest miracles of the Bible is its unity. The 66 books of the Bible were written: On three continents, in three languages, by about 40 different people, over a period of about 1,500 years, on the most controversial subjects, by people who, in most cases, had never met, and by authors whose education and background varied greatly. Yet, the 66 books have full harmony with each other. And this is because God’s messengers spoke under divine inspiration. This unity is unique from all other religious books and is evidence of its heavenly origin.

It Solves the Sin Problem

The Bible was recorded to teach men how they may be saved from the penalty of their sin, which is eternal death (Genesis 3; Romans 6:23). The books of the great world religions, such Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism don’t have the answer that solves the sin problem. The Bible does.

The Scriptures teach that God is gracious to repentant sinners but He is also just. Without Justice, He could not be God. And He cannot afford to weaken His government by failing to uphold its righteousness and justice (Psalms 85:10; 89:14).

God’s justice and love were fully satisfied by the death of God’s Son on the cross to atone for man’s sins (John 3:16). In the eastern religions and Islam, man can obtain forgiveness for wrong doing by his good deeds. But this philosophy will not have any merit nor stand in any human court of law.

It Transforms Lives

Islam and the Eastern religions propose that man can be saved by his own works but that is not possible simply because man is born in sin and he can’t change his evil heart. Man may be able to discipline himself but he can’t without divine help change his evil motives and thoughts. This fact is not disputed when we see the ever increasing wickedness in the world in spite of the increase in knowledge.

The Scriptures show how God not only forgives man but also delivers him completely from the deadly bondage of sin (1 John 1:9). God’s Word delivers people from corruption, evil passions, addictions, and evil spirits. It transforms sinners into saints. No other book on earth has been able to produce such an effect in its readers. And because of that, the Bible remains the best-selling book of all time.

Therefore, man’s first goal should be to examine it for himself. “The holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 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 3:15-17).

It Records the Miracles of Christ

No other religious book records mighty supernatural works such as the one that Christ did. He healed all sickness (Luke 5:15-26), fed thousands of people (Luke 9:12-17), had authority over nature (Luke 8:22-25), cast out demons (Luke 4:33-37), raised the dead (Luke 7:11-16), lived a sinless life (1 Peter 2:22), sacrificed His life for humanity (1 John 3:16), and then was resurrected from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). No man on earth ever did what Christ did.

It Has Prophecies

Prophecy is defined as “a prediction of the future, made under divine inspiration.” Prophecy constitutes a large part of the Bible. According to the Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy, 27 % of the Bible deals with prophecy. Prophecy uniquely extinguished the Bible from other religious books like the Hindu Vedas and the Quran, which don’t stress predictive prophecy.

Bible prophecy confirms its divine source – the Creator God, who knows the beginning from the end. The Lord declares, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done” (Isaiah 46:9,10). “Prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).

The Bible presents: historical prophecies, Messianic prophecies, end-time prophecies, and general prophecies. For more on Bible prophecies, check “The Sure Word of Prophecy” section (VI) at the link: https://bibleask.org/bible-answers/

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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