What other evidences are there to prove the Bible is God's word?

The Bible states that it is God who inspires the writing of the Bible (“God-breathed)

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

If this were indeed true, what characteristics would we expect the Bible to have?

Consistency

If just 10 people today were picked who were from the same place, born around the same time, spoke the same language, and made about the same amount of money, and were asked to write on just one controversial subject, they would have trouble agreeing with each other.

{C} [Rembrandt van Rijn The Apostle Paul, c. 1657 oil on canvas, 131.5 x 104.4 cm (51 3/4 x 41 1/8); framed: 177.8 x 150.5 x 13.3 cm (70 x 59 1/4 x 5 1/4) National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection] {C}The Bible is truly an amazingly consistent document. The messages of approximately 40 different writers of the 66 books of the Bible, written over 1,500 years, in three different languages, all fit together like the pieces of a giant jigsaw puzzle. There is one continual theme throughout-God's plan of salvation from sin won for the whole world by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This consistency itself attests to the common source of this book.

1. Written over a 1,500 year span

2. Written over 40 generations

3. Written by more than 40 authors, from every walk of life, including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesman, scholars, etc.

4. Written in different places

-Moses in the wilderness -Paul inside prison walls

-Jeremiah in a dungeon -Luke while traveling

-Daniel on a hillside and in a palace

-John on the isle of Patmos

5. Written at different times

-David in times of war

-Solomon in times of peace

6. Written during different moods

-Some writings at the height of joy and others from the depths of sorrow and despair

7. Written on three continents:

-Asia, Africa, Europe

8. Written in three languages

-Hebrew, the language of the OT

-Aramaic, the common language of the Near East until the 6th century A.D.

-Greek, the N.T. language, international language during the time of Christ.

9. Finally, its subject matter includes hundreds of controversial topics. Yet, the biblical authors spoke with harmony and continuity from Genesis to revelation. There is one unfolding story: “God’s redemption of man.”


Indestructibility

I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Matt. 5:18

1. Survival through time. Being written on material that perishes and having been copied and recopied for hundreds of years before the invention of the printing press did not diminish the style, correctness, or existence of the Bible. Compared with other ancient writings, it has more manuscript evidence than any ten pieces of classical literature combined.

2. Survival through persecution. The bible has withstood vicious attacks of its enemies as no other book has. Many have tried to burn it, ban it, and outlaw it, from the days of the Roman emperors to present day communist-dominated countries.

Acting on a decree by the mad tyrant Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 BC, his henchmen tried to destroy all copies of Jewish Scripture. The books of the law (i.e. Jewish Scripture) that they found they tore to pieces and burned with fire. Anyone found possessing the book of the covenant, or anyone who adhered to the law, was condemned to death.

{cke_protected_1} {cke_protected_2} In A.D. 300 the Roman emperor Diocletian ordered every Bible burned because he thought that by destroying the Scriptures he could destroy Christianity. Anyone caught with a Bible would be executed. But just 25 years later, the Roman emperor Constantine ordered that 50 perfect copies of the Bible be made at government expense.

The French philosopher Voltaire, a skeptic who destroyed the faith of many people, boasted that within 100 years of his death, the Bible would disappear from the face of the earth. Voltaire died in 1728, but the Bible lives on. The irony of history is that 50 years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society moved into his former house and used his printing presses to print thousands of Bibles.

3. Survival through criticism. Critics for eighteen hundred years have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today solid as a rock. Its circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and read today than ever before.


Impact

The invention of the printing press in 1450 made it possible to print books in large quantities. The first book printed was the Bible. Since then, the Bible has been read by more people and printed more times than any other book in history. By 1930, over one billion Bibles had been distributed by Bible societies around the world. By 1977, Bible societies alone were printing over 200 million Bibles each year, and this doesn’t include the rest of the Bible publishing companies.

The Bible has been translated into over 1,400 languages. No other book even comes close. If every Bible in any considerable city were destroyed, the Book could be restored in all its essential parts from the quotations on the shelves of the city public library.

The Bible has the ability to convert the unbeliever and to build up the believer in the faith. Untold thousands have experienced this power. Drug addicts have been cured by it; derelicts have been transformed; hate has been turned to love by reading it. Believers grow by studying it (1 Peter 2:2). The sorrowing are comforted, the sinners are rebuked, and the negligent are exhorted by the Scriptures. God's Word possesses the dynamic, transforming power of God. God vindicates the Bible's authority by its evangelistic and edifying powers.