By Dee Raptor
On Jul 21, 2021
Proofs of inspiration
From our previous blog posts, we have explained how that of all the written literature in History the Bible has stood and is still standing as the only book that passes the truth test; The bible is logically consistent; Empirically adequate and Experientially relevant.
Even though the bible was translated into different languages, the translations only affect the languages, not the quality nor the message of the bible.
Although, the 66 books of the bible were written by about 40 different human authors, the ultimate author of the bible is God (2Tim 3:16, Exodus 4;10, Jeremiah 36:1-4, 1Corinnthians 2:13). is evidenced in the unity and progression of thought along with the absence of contradiction.
It is humanly impossible for 40 men to write 66books in three different languages over the span of 1,600 years and have them become one harmonious book.
Thus, if we subscribe to the popular belief that the bible is not the word of God in total but contains the word of God, we create the question, ‘’who then is the final authority to tell us which parts are inspired’’. The usual argument for the partial theory of inspiration is that conversations of ungodly men and their actions are recorded in the bible, to crown it all up, even Satan ‘’spoke’’ in this book. But what we fail to see at first glance is that all these were written because God inspired men to record it all for His purpose of revealing Himself (His nature & character) and equipping His saints.
To authenticate His spokespeople, God used miracles. Though a term used quite loosely in Christendom today, miracles are supernatural acts of power wrought by the power of God. They were usually instant and undeniable and were mainly used by God to authenticate his prophets and apostles. We see them in the lives of; Moses (Ex 4:12, 14-15, 16-17 & Num 21), Joshua (Jos. 3-5, 6 & 10), Samson (Judges 14:6, 15:15, & 16:30), Elijah & Elisha (2Kings 2, 2:21-22, 4:1-7 & 4:8-37), Jesus Christ (recorded in the 4 gospels, the most significant of which was His resurrection from the dead) and the Apostles (recorded in the book of Acts).
So, while miracles are evidence of divine power, prophecy on the other hand is proof of divine knowledge. There are four requirements every prophecy must meet for it to be approved as valid;
Bible prophecy meets all these requirements and has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be genuine. The greatest example of prophecy and fulfilment are those that pertain to the messiah.
No book in history has suffered persecution like the Bible. Roman emperors ordered its obliteration, thousands of copies have been burned and countless Christians have been taken to the stakes for owning a copy of it. Its infallibility and authority have been challenged and attacked through history. Yet, the Bible has triumphed over all these to remain the most significant book in history. Thus, God’s miraculous preservation of His word is another proof of its divine inspiration.
Finally, the Bible itself claims divine inspiration for the writers (II Peter 1:20-21, Deut. 4:2), for the contents (II Peter 3:1, Isaiah 55:8-11) and for the writings (Deut. 31:22, 1Cor 2:13). Thus, a perfect, omniscient and omnipotent God will not inspire a book that is less than perfect and coherent, reflective of His nature and character.
Why should we believe the Bible’s claim of divine inspiration?
Nowhere in the Bible is an argument made for the existence of God, but the new testament provides irrefutable evidence for the truth of Jesus’ claims to be the son of God and the messiah using the proofs earlier stated (i.e., miracles, fulfilled prophecies and His resurrection). Understanding that all of the Bible points to God’s redemptive work in Christ Jesus greatly helps us to see why the only authority that can validate scripture is scripture itself and the witness of the Holy Spirit.
D. D. KUYET alias "Dee Raptor" is a Christian HipHop Artiste/Rapper. He is also a graduate of Food Science and Technology. He is a contributing writer at lightwk