THE BIBLE – A DIVINE REVELATION

 

Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.

 

Question: Many Christians claim that the Bible is a Divine revelation from God, and as such, is

inspired and infallible. What proofs are there for such a claim? And how do we know that the

Bible is not just the writings of men?

 

Answer: In order to prove that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, two things need to be

proven: (1) God is infallible – He cannot err; and (2) the words and thoughts given by God in the

Bible are inspired. All professed Christians accept the first proposition, but not all agree on the

second point. We can basically divide Christians into three groups: (1) those who deny that the

Bible is God’s revelation, and is therefore not inspired and infallible; (2) those who believe that

the thoughts of the Bible are Divinely inspired, but who deny that the words are inspired; and (3)

those who believe that the thoughts and words of the Bible are inspired.

 

When we consider the perfection of God’s character, man’s needs, and his relationship with God

and with his fellow man, we can reasonably expect: (1) that God would provide man with a

Divine revelation regarding His purposes for man; and (2) that such a revelation would be

provided in a way that would be conducive to man’s acceptance of it as coming from God.

Although many books claim to be such a revelation, the Bible alone satisfies these requirements.

 

The following reasons, briefly stated, are sufficient proofs of the Divine origin of the Bible,

hence its infallibility:

  • The impossibility of its writers or of anyone less than an omniscient being, that is, God, to

have provided it;

  • The good character and common sense of its writers preclude them from either being

deceived, or of deceiving others;

  • The impossibility of its writers as knowing, apart from inspiration, some of the facts which

they give, and which science has since demonstrated to be true;

  • The times, conditions and circumstances of their writing;
  • The ignorance of the meaning of much of what they wrote, but which have since proven to

be true;

  • The miracles and prophetic evidence of the Bible;
  • The typical and prophetic character of all its historical and genealogical details;
  • The typical character of its Mosaic and other institutions and laws;
  • The harmony of its contents, which were written by men who often lived centuries apart;
  • The adaptability and practicability of its contents in supplying man’s needs;
  • The perfect solution that it presents to solve man’s problem as to his past, present and

future relations to God and his fellow man;

  • Its ability to realize its designs in respect to all classes and conditions of men;
  • The superhuman contents and arrangement of its contents;
  • The numeric construction of its contents;
  • The undesigned coincidences we find within;
  • Its indestructibility;
  • Its scientific, historical and archaeological corroborations;
  • The harmony between the Bible and the Great Pyramid;
  • The effect it has had on the character of the members of the Church, and upon the world

along the lines of civilization;

  • Its complete harmony with itself, God’s character, Christ’s ransom, facts, godliness and

sound reason;

  • Its agreement with the experiences of the Christian life; and
  • Its refutation of all attacks.

 

All of these points if elaborated in detail would, and have, furnished volumes of evidence to

support the conclusion that the Bible is a revelation from God, and is hence inspired and

infallible, and with the use of sound reason, it has satisfied many people.

 

Note: Please find a more thorough examination of this subject in Study 3 of God’s Wonderful

Plan of the Ages.

 

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