The Infallibility and Inerrancy of the Bible - Part 5

By Odita Luka Ashafa

On Aug 4, 2021

The Bible as the Word God

To posit that the Bible is the word of God is to establish the existence of God. At no time in history does God cease to exist. Except for the elevation of rationality and intellectualism and the quest for the deification of the “Individual” above the knowledge of God in this contemporary era, previous centuries had understood that for every perfect design, there must be an intelligent designer. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that “He (God) has planted eternity in the hearts of men” and for many centuries, men and women, in an attempt to find the path to the originator of the universe, created means like religions and gods to establish connections with the spirit realm. 

If God exists, then it is expedient to say that He is the ultimate truth, and truth in its essence cannot be relative; truth by definition must be absolute. To submit that ‘truth is relative’ means such a statement, if at all it is true cannot make claims of being absolute and it is guilty of its own assertions. Suffice it to say that the evidence that God exists and he is the ultimate truth is in his word the Bible. Is the Bible then, the word of God? The answer is a big Yes! if then the Bible is the word of God, it should be the most powerful and truthful book in the world.

Historical Consistency of The Bible

God does not depend on the evidence of history to ascertain the veracity of his word. It is a reductionist approach to certify the claims of the Bible simply because it agrees with past events. The Bible contains detailed descriptions of historical events from God’s perspective and as such, the Bible as the ultimate word of God is not just a book that contains history but a pointer to how God ordered and sustained it. In his book ‘The Empires of the Bible from the Confusion of Tongues to the Babylonian Captivity, Alonzo Trevier Jones boldly opined that “the Bible is the beginning of history, and it is the sure guide in the study of history”. One thing that lends credence to this submission is the fact that the documentation of events from secular authors confirmed God’s prophecies as contained in the Bible. 

God had prophesied the rise of notable empires like Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and most importantly, his entrance into time, which not only came to the past but were accurate as the Bible proclaimed it. For example, in Genesis 15:13, God told Abram about the 400 years of captivity and afflictions that will befall his unborn descendants under the Egyptian Empire. Although some, Egyptologists like Tobi Wilkinson made an extensive discovery of Egypt’s ascendancy to power, it was Flavius Josephus in his book “The Antiquity of the Jews” that pointed out the Biblical prophecy that God told Abraham about Israel’s sojourning in a strange land for four hundred years and their exodus thereof. In the same vein, Assyriologists like Duncan Noble confirmed the Biblical account of the domination and enslavement of Israel by the Assyrian Empire. The Bible mentioned four of those notable kings that played significant roles in carrying out the prophecies: Shalmenezer, (2kings 17:3); Tiglath-Pileser (2Kings 15:24); Sargon (Isa 20:1) and Sanacherib (2Kings 18:13).  

A watershed in world history was when the Almighty God entered time and changed the cause of history. No other book was worthy to have predicted such a merciful visit than the Bible (Isaiah 9:1-7 and Isa 53). It was Prophet Micah that put forth the most striking predictions which were recorded in chapter 5 vs 2-5 of his book. Luke in his account of Jesus’s birth clearly corroborated the prophecy of Micah in Chapter 2 vs 1-7. The Bible is not just a book that spells out history, it is the word of God.

Creation

Two verses that lend credence that the Bible is the Word of God as regards creation are Romans 1: 19-20 and Colossians 1:16-17. The former book opined that “For what can be known about God is plain to them because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So, they are without excuse”. Secondly “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him, all things hold together”. There is no other document that offers a full description of the creation account like the Bible. 

It is the Biblical account according to Joseph Farinaccio that is more rational in explaining creation than the imaginary Darwinian theory of evolution. For every creation to occur or a design, there has to be a creator or a designer. Nothing in the universe came to existence on its own except through the supernatural power of an uncaused cause; it is in His essence that every other creation derived their existence. The Bible calls that uncaused cause God. And in Genesis 1, it started with the phrase “In the beginning God” 

Relevance of the Bible to Mankind

When the Bible submitted that God is Love in John 4:16 it means that it was the only letter of love that the divine God sends to mankind. The Augustine of Hippo, John Paul Sartre, C. S. Lewis, Saul (Paul), and countless people have enjoyed this love true the death, burial, and resurrection of God's son Jesus Christ. No man in history has submitted to the dealings of the bible that has not been transformed by its central messages. That the Bible said “Love cannot fail” in I Corinthians 13:8 is evident in Napoleon Bonaparte's quotes about Jesus that “Jesus Christ alone founded His empire upon love, and at this hour millions of men will die for Him”.

Jesus is the only moral teacher (as some will put it) that stood in world history and proclaimed himself as the definite way, the truth, and the life. It is through him that life becomes meaningful and the destiny of mankind is assured. From time immemorial, as the Bible clearly stated, He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. By implication, the bible posited that Jesus is the answer to the conservative, he is the answer to the existentialist and he is the answer to the radicals (futurist) which is supportive of God’s eternal existence. 


About The Author

Odita is a writer and a graduate of Sociology. He's the director of strategic planning and research at LightWk.