The Bible was written by prophets under the inspiration of God (2 Peter 1:21). How do we know that it was inspired? Here is the proof:
1-The Proof of Prophecy:
One of the strongest arguments for the accuracy of the Bible is its 100% accuracy in predicting the future. These future predictions are called “prophecies.” The Old Testament was written between approximately 1450 BC and 430 BC. During that time, many predictions of the future were recorded in the Bible by God’s prophets. Of the events that were to have taken place by now, everyone happened just the way they predicted it would. No other “sacred writing” has such perfectly accurate predictions of the future. Of these prophecies there are:
These Old Testament predictions of the Messiah to come were so specific and so clearly fulfilled in the New Testament by Jesus. There are more than 125 of these prophecies.
There are many prophecies that can be proven by history and archaeology. Archaeologists have evidence that these prophecies were written down many years before they were fulfilled; proving that they were not falsified documents claiming to be prophecies that came true. One example— is the foretelling of the destruction of Edom and its capital city of Petra.
2-The Proof of Textual Evidence:
Both the Old and New Testaments are strongly supported by manuscript evidence (the evidence of early hand written copies). The famous Dead Sea Scrolls are one example of the Old Testament evidence. These documents came from the “library” of a settlement founded at Qumran before 150 B.C. and abandoned about 68 A.D. Some of the manuscript copies were made during that period, and some were written earlier (third century BC) and brought to the settlement. Ignoring spelling-oriented (orthographic) changes and similar small differences, the Dead Sea Scrolls match the Hebrew text behind today’s Old Testament, in spite of the passage of over 2,000 years.
3-The Proof of People Living at the Time of Christ:
Special proof exists for the New Testament, since Christians were strongly persecuted by both the Jews and the Roman government. If the New Testament writings were false, these two groups would have produced a great deal of evidence to stop the growth of this “sect.” But none exists. Further, the New Testament writings (before they were assembled into the “book” we call the New Testament) circulated during the lifetimes of thousands of people who had actually seen Jesus’ miracles and other historic events. No one ever refuted the New Testament writings as “fairy tales.”
4-The Proof of non-Christian Historians:
Secular history supports the Bible. For example, in The Antiquities of the Jews, book 18, chapter 3, paragraph 3 the famous historian Flavius Josephus writes:
“Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works—a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.” There are more references from Historians that are available on the internet.
5-Jesus testified to the truthfulness of the Bible:
Jesus’ testimony is valid because of His mighty deeds of raising the dead, healing the sick, His sinless life and finally His own Resurrection from the dead. His actions were verified by history and even his enemies.
In His service,
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