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Inspiration & Why I Trust The Bible?
“Can I really trust the Bible?”
I am occasionally asked, “What is Divine Inspiration of the Bible?” Of course, what they really mean is, “Can I really trust the Bible?” I have pondered many hours over my life and ministry as a pastor concerning this ominous query. I really want to give a full proof, beyond any doubt, kind of answer. However, I have discovered that it also is part of my faith. I believe in God and in His only Begotten Son, Jesus. I believe in the Divine and my salvation by simple faith. It is no great leap to believe that He, who is most holy and most loving, would send me “love letters.” They must be inspired. This is what the Bible is to a Christian.
I would not have you to misunderstand me. Faith does not mean that my belief is without reason. Faith and reason are but two sides of the same coin. You cannot have one without the other. Without reason, there is no meaning to life, but without trust, there is no real living as we know it.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Reason evaluates what we see, faith responds by giving it meaning. When I consider the question of Biblical inspiration, I begin with observation. I look outward from my country home; I dazzle at the beauty of the foothills to the Smoky Mountains behind the green pasture land; I glimpse the sky blues dotted by cotton fluffed clouds; I hear a heavenly chorus of birds; and I know there must be a Creator. There must be something “unseen” behind it all.
As a Christian I accept several things, both by reason and faith. God has provided a Bible, and I accept the “cannon” of 66 books as “inspired” of God. Within this cannon, there are 39 books of the “Old Testament” and 27 books of the “New Testament.”
I will now relate some of the reasons why I believe the Bible is both trustworthy and inspired. This hub is not an apologetic for the great doctrine of verbal inspiration, and I am not rehashing what many theologians have written great books on. I am but touching the hem of the reasons I accept this book as from God. If you desire to argue these points, you are free, but I urge you to allow the majesty of the Book to breathe its life into your soul. It is certainly my guide to happiness.
What is Biblical Inspiration?
As a Christian I accept the Bible as inspired. “Inspiration” (Greek is ‘theopneustos’) literally means, “God-breathed.” It is also referred to as “verbal inspiration.” What this means to the child of God is that the Bible is given to us by the Holy Spirit, and is not simply the words of men.
Reason One why I see the Bible as trustworthy: Through its words, I find Jesus Christ as my personal Savior!
I am a “born again” Christian and I found my experience and relationship to Christ through this book.
(John 8:32 Bible KJV) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
When I was saved, I came to Jesus as a seventh grade heathen. I had been raised in church, but I did not even know how to pray. Others gave me Biblical prayers to say. I said the words from my heart, and they become my words and my prayer. Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life of my salvation came into my spirit. I have been different ever since.
Reason Two why I see the Bible as trustworthy. The same Book tells me it is inspired.
I know this does not prove inspiration, but its own testimony gives me a framework to assure my faith. I either believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God or the book does not stand. I believe the Bible is trustworthy!
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2nd Timothy 3:16-17 KJV Bible)
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 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. (2nd Peter 1:20-21 KJV Bible)
Reason Three why I see the Bible as trustworthy - The Bible is ONE Book; its unity is part of its majesty.
There are 66 books of the Bible which span over 1600 years and 40 generations. Yet the Bible reads as ONE book. There are 40 authors from differing walks of life. Examples include: Moses, political leader, educated, and a shepherd; Peter, a fisherman; Paul, a tent maker and a rabbi; Amos, a herdsman; Luke, a doctor; and others, as military leaders, prime ministers, cup bearers, tax collectors, kings, etc.. Yet the Bible message reads as ONE book. The Bible is written from different places (like deserts and wildernesses, prisons and dungeons, hillsides and islands). Yet the Bible speaks ONE central message (The MESSAGE of God’s divine love reaching to save mankind). The Bible is written from three continents (Asia, Africa and Europe) and in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek), and it does not shy from the controversies of each generation. Yet the Bible is consistently ONE in harmony and continuity.
The Bible is the story of God’s love for us. In Genesis (first book of the Bible), God births us in paradise. Man’s sin cost us our birth right. In Revelations (last book of the Bible), God rebirths us in paradise regained! Rather than a menagerie of ideas the Book is a harmony of ‘agape’ love. This love story has the potential and power to save the deepest sinner!
Reason Four why I see the Bible as trustworthy – the prophesies of foretold events in the Bible move far beyond human speculation, and all the writers attributed their forecasts to God.
This is a very powerful reason to accept the Bible as reliable. There are far more prophesies in the Book than I dare try to relate in this hub.
Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do. (Isaiah 46:8-11 NIV Bible)
The Bible foretold the fall of Babylon (Isa 13:17-22), The fall of Egypt (Isaiah 19:1-4), The fall of Nineveh (Zephaniah 2:13-15), and the destruction of Jerusalem Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21).
Many prophecies were given concerning the birth, the life, the death, the burial, the resurrection, the ascension, the return and coming kingdom of Jesus Christ. ALL of the them have either been precisely fulfilled or are in wait to be fulfilled. I do not have space to go into that here, but I invite you to study them. However, note this one thing. All of these have stood the test, the criticism, the ridicule, the disbelief of thousands of years. The Bible is still standing.
The Last Reason I give why I believe the Bible is trustworthy – The Book is the birthing place of my faith, and my faith has it as my banner for living!
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 Bible KJV)
Jesus "answered, "My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. (John 7:16-17 Bible NIV)