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Is the Bible Fiction?

How do I know the Bible is the truth? Or is the Bible a work of fiction? Why are so many people interested in the Bible? You asked, the Bible answers.

Is the Bible Fiction?

Kim: My question is why have so many people taken so much interest in, like, Bible and belief when it’s just another book?

Brother Bob: When it’s just another book? What makes it different? You open up the pages of the Holy Scriptures well that’s the same 26-letter alphabet that you use if you open up the morning newspaper so what makes it unique? What makes it identifiable as the word of God? How can anyone benefit from what’s contained there?

Apostle Paul wrote something very valuable regarding that topic. Let’s turn to it right away here in 2 Timothy Chapter 3, here’s what he had to say in his letter to Timothy beginning in verse 15:

and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

[2 Timothy 3:15-17 New King James Version]

What makes it unique? There are several things listed here. Let’s take a look at them. First of all it’s given by the inspiration of God. Next it will serve as a doctrine, what a person should believe in, doctrinal things. God will provide that in His book. It will serve as correction, if someone has a wrong belief it will correct it. It will be an instruction in righteousness; people have their own idea of what is right and wrong, good and bad. God’s words will be the one to tell us what truly is good, bad, right and wrong. But wait a minute, one may say. To be fair dear friends one will say, “Well, wait a minute; it says here under the Scripture was written under the inspiration of God. Well how do we know that? What’s the proof of that? Where’s the evidence?” No doubt one would want to ask. How do we know that this is that book that is inspired by God? These words are really what we should accept as the correction as for instruction in righteousness, good, bad, right and wrong. How do we know it’s under the inspiration of God, making it different then than the newspaper? Well, in the book of Revelation Chapter 1 let’s take look at what’s recorded here on verse 19 it says:

Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.

[Revelation 1:19 New King James Version]

The Bible says what’s recorded here, what’s written is not only things that have taken place already in the past. I guess I suppose anybody could write about things that have already happened, anyone can write about things that are currently happening. But wait a minute: there’s something else unique here: it will be recorded, the things that were still yet to happen. Did God make any statement regarding that particular point? He did through the writings of the prophet Isaiah; I’d like to quote that as well. Chapter 46 verse 9 and verse 10 says this:

Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done,

[Isaiah 46:9-10 New King James Version]

What does the newspaper do? What do plenty of books and writings in this world do? Sure record things that have already been done, even record things that may currently be taking place. But wait a minute, the word of God, the Bible, declares things that were yet to take place in the future and this book then dear friends is filled with Biblical prophecies that have been fulfilled, things written hundreds and thousands of years ago, which we are the eyewitness to their fulfillment proving that therefore it is truth. And the second part of the question posed to us, what’s going to be the value? What’s the point? Why is there so much interest? What can the truth do for a person? John Chapter 17, Jesus answers that in his own words; Chapter 17, verse 17.

Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth.

[John 17:17 NKJV]

It has the power to sanctify to cleanse us and make us pure in the eyes of our Creator. The Bible is unique in its capacity to do just that, which is why then we will place our full trust in it here inside the Church Of Christ. We’ll see you again next time.

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Is the Bible Fiction?