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Is the Bible Unique?

  

   One Barna study sadly pointed out that there is increasing doubt about the authority and inerrancy of the Bible.  We are also seeing more counselees who are raising those same questions. This raises a bigger question, is the Bible unique among other religious books?
    
   Jesus alone makes the Bible unique because He is the only founder of a world religion who makes a claim of deity.  In no other religious book do we find the promise of salvation in the present.  No other founder of a religion offers himself as a living sacrifice unto death to pay the penalty for our sins against a holy God.  But what about the Bible’s own claims?
    
Unique Authorship

  • It was written over a period of more than 1,600 years from early BC to 100 AD.
  • It was written by 40 different men, from kings, priests, and prophets to simple fisherman with little or no formal education, combined for a grand total of 66 books.
  • Biblical authors claimed more than 3,000 times that their writings were directly from God (Moses: Ex 17:14; 24:4; 34:27; Paul: 1Cor 14:37; Peter: 2 Pe 1:16-21; John: 1Jn 4:6).  No other religious book can make this claim.
  • Authors claimed the sufficiency of Scripture dealing with all the issues of living a godly life and fulfilling the purposes for which we were created (2Pe 1:3-11).


Unique Authenticity

  • Jesus claimed the OT is God’s Word (Mt 5:17-18, 24:15; Lk 24:44; Jn 10:35). Jesus authenticated the authorships of Moses, King David and prophets such as Isaiah and Daniel.
  • Jesus authenticated the historicity of God’s creation of man, Noah and the universal flood, the destructions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the swallowing of Jonah by a giant fish.
  • When Jesus was temped by the devil it was God’s Words that He used and not his own.  With each temptation He began His answer with, “It is written.”
  • David M. Levy wrote in the July/August issue of Israel My Glory, “In Luke 4:25-27 Jesus confirmed the divine miracles recorded in the Hebrew Bible and concerning Old Testament revelation, stated, ‘For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.’ In other words, Jesus affirmed the inspiration, inerrancy and accuracy of Hebrew Scripture.


Messianic Uniqueness

  • 25 prophets in the Old Testament were meticulous in detailing the Messiah’s birth, character, teaching, career, reception, rejection, death, burial and resurrection, and were written no less than 500 years before His birth.
  • Jesus fulfilled all of these prophesies including His birthplace (Mic 5:2, Mt 2:1), the way He died (Isa 53:8; Lk 23:46), and resurrection (Ps 16:10; Acts 2:29-32).


Conclusion
The Bible is unique in its history, message, universality, influence, fulfilled prophecies, preservation, power to change lives and testimony throughout history.  God’s oversight . . . gives us assurance that today we possess the verbal, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.  It stands alone as the most unique Book of all time.  And it will stand forever.   (David Levy) 

 

More and more counselees are questioning the authenticity and accuracy of the Bible
and as counselors we have to be able to answer their concerns and doubts (2Tim 3:16).  

Some excellent resources to help can be found on the Answers in Genesis website and also some of Josh MacDowell’s older books are great to have on your library shelf, like Evidence that Demands a Verdict, More Evidence and More than a Carpenter.   

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