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Why should I believe the Bible is the word of God and not the words of man?

We flip light switches by faith, believing the bulb will illuminate even though we don’t have a clue about how electricity works. Same goes for all sorts of earthy things. Believing the Koran falls into this category.Believing that the Bible is alive and dynamically true, however, takes God-given, supernatural faith (Gal. 2:20). If a person refuses to come to God as a legitimate inquirer he just won’t get it. Here is some ammo from my book “What God Wishes Christians Knew About Christianity,” however, that may help. You friends have no such ligitimate litany to prove their faith. I also recommend former agnostic, C. S. Lewis'”Mere Christianity” for the serious thinker. “I want to go on record as stating unequivocally that I believe the Bible is totally God-inspired and infallible. It is God’s revelation to man and is absolutely true. Here are some basics about the Bible that I embrace:

  • The Bible was inspired by God’s Holy Spirit.
  • It was penned in Hebrew, Greek, and some Aramaic.
  • Alexander the Great conquered the Middle East in 330 B.C. His philosophy was to impose Koine Greek upon those he conquered. Consequently, it was spoken throughout the Græco-Roman world when the New Testament was penned. Greek was later banned by Roman decree and eventually became a dead language. So, Koine Greek became “frozen” in the cultural time zone spanning roughly 330 B.C. to A.D. 200. Thus, Koine Greek will never become corrupted. This phenomenon assures us that the Word of God will never change.
  • The time gap between the originals and our oldest manuscripts of Plato’s and Aristotle’s writings is 1200 and 1400 years, respectively. We have seven such copies of Plato’s and five of Aristotle’s. The gap between the actual events and our oldest Greek manuscripts of the New Testament is only 150 to 300 years and we have some 25,000 copies! Go figure.
  • Although the Word of God never changes, language changes. For example, when I was a teenager the word cool indicated temperature, whereas today’s culture attaches multiple meanings to this word. We must always consider the original meaning of a word when interpreting the Bible.
  • This necessitates ongoing, new, accurate translations of the Bible into the multiplicity of earth’s languages.