If the Bible is not the Word of God, divinely inspired by God, then there is no difference between the Bible and any other book. If the Bible is not the Word of God, its origin is earthly, not divine. And if this is so, then Christians have, as their foundation, the feeble words of fallible men.
The Scriptures claim to be "able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 3:15); yet, if they are not the words of God, but merely the words of weak, sinful men, then how can they make anyone wise unto salvation? How can anyone be certain they are trustworthy?
If the Bible is not the Word of God, then what fools Christians are!
Yet if the Bible IS the Word of God, we can expect to find abundant evidence of this fact. And, indeed, there IS abundant evidence. That evidence is the subject of this article.
The Bible itself claims to be the Word of God; given by divine inspiration. This it does over and over again, in both the Old and the New Testaments. Just two excellent examples from the New Testament will be given. The first is from 2 Tim. 3:16: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God". And the second is from 2 Pet. 1:21: "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
However, it will be argued, by those who do not believe that it is God's Word, that it is a simple matter for a man to declare that what he writes is "the Word of God". Evidence must be available, if this claim is true. How do we know that the Bible is the Word of God? How can we be certain?
There IS abundant evidence that the Bible is God's Word, apart from its own claims; and some of it will be given here. But at the end of this article, it will be seen where the full persuasion and assurance of this truth comes from.
Here, then, is some of the incontestable evidence that the Bible is the Word of God.
1. If the Bible is nothing more than the work of men, then it was either written by good men, or by evil men. Now, if it was written by good men, they would not have lied about its origin. Paul, who wrote 2 Timothy, declared that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God (3:16). And in 1 Cor. 14:37 he wrote, "the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord." And Peter, in his second epistle, wrote that the Scriptures were given by men "moved by the Holy Ghost" (1:21). Many other examples could be given. If these were good and honest men, they would not have lied.
Therefore, if the Bible was written merely by men who were not inspired of God, then it was written by evil men. But evil men would have written it to their liking! And they would have written it to the liking of other evil men! The truth is, however, that it is NOT written to the liking of evil men. It is not to their taste at all. It speaks of sin; it declares that sinners will spend eternity in the lake of fire; it calls the worldly pleasures so beloved of evil men, sin; it exalts the grace of God, and lays low the works of men; it calls Christians to holy living, to the mortification of the works of the flesh; etc., etc. Such teachings are not to the taste of evil men. They hate them!
It must, then, be what it claims to be: not the word of man, but of God.