The Bible: The Word Of God

2. The Bible reveals God: his character, attributes, etc., in a way that no other "god" is revealed in any other writing. A holy, just, pure God – not a god who is little better than men, subject to like passions as men! This is how the gods of the heathen are represented, but not the Lord God of the Bible. This proves its divine origin.

3. The Bible's account of Christ proves its divine origin. The Gospels are simply written; honestly; matter-of-factly. They do not bear the marks of fiction, but of fact. What purpose would Matthew, Mark, Luke and John have had in writing fiction? What did they stand to gain, apart from persecution from Jew and Roman and Greek alike? Take John as an example: he suffered persecution for his faith (see Acts 3 and 5), even exile to a lonely isle (Rev. 1:9). Would he have suffered all that he did suffer over a character of fiction? A character who, if fictional, was one whom he partly invented?

  No – the Christ of the Bible is TRUE. Hear the admission of Rousseau, a man who was an infidel: "I will confess to you further, that the majesty of the Scripture strikes me with admiration, as the purity of the gospel hath its influence on my heart. Peruse the works of our philosophers, with all their pomp of diction – how mean  – how contemptible – are they, compared with the Scripture! Is it possible, that a book at once so simple and sublime should be merely the work of man? Is it possible that the sacred personage whose history it contains should be himself a mere man? Do we find that he assumed the air of an enthusiast or ambitious sectary? What sweetness, what purity in his manner! What an affecting gracefulness in his delivery! What sublimity in his maxims! What profound wisdom in his discourses! What presence of mind! What subtilty! What truth in his replies! How great the command over his passions! Where is the man, where the philosopher, who could so live and die, without weakness and without ostentation? Shall we suppose the Evangelic History a mere fiction? Indeed, my friend, it bears not the marks of fiction. On the contrary, the history of Socrates, which nobody presumes to doubt, is not so well attested as that of Jesus Christ. The Jewish authors were incapable of the diction, and strangers to the morality contained in the gospels; the marks of whose truth are so striking and invincible, that the inventor would be a more astonishing character than the hero."

  "Which of you convinceth me of sin?" asked Jesus (Jn. 8:46). Nobody ever has – not in 2000 years.

4. There is no lie, or contradiction, in the Scriptures; they are, therefore, "the word of truth", as they claim to be (Eph. 1:13; Dan. 10:21). And they contain no unholy doctrine, but promote holiness in men; they are, therefore, "the holy scriptures", as they claim to be (Rom. 1:2).

5. The method of salvation revealed in the Bible proves its divine origin. It is absolutely unique. All other religions in the world proclaim some form of salvation by human works; by man's own efforts. The Bible declares that salvation is of the LORD. It emphatically asserts that, if the LORD does not save a man, he cannot be saved. Indeed, 1 Cor. 1:17-31 says that this teaching is "foolishness" to those who perish. The method of salvation revealed in the Bible is NOT one which men would have invented: election in eternity; the incarnation of Christ, who was God manifest in the flesh; his death for the elect; effectual calling; etc.

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