My wife does not tell many stories about herself. She is a quiet person, who does not like drawing attention to herself.
Her father made a mistake many years ago. He told me a story that I would like to tell now, a story of her relationship to the Bible as a young kid. His mistake was telling me.
One day she went to the family Bible in her living room. It happened to be on the coffee table. She was surrounded by several adults at that moment; one of those adults was her Dad. She opened the Bible and being a young child, she could see the words in the Book but she could not read them. Her reading comprehension was not adequate at that young age.
Her father told me what happened next and to this very day I think it is so cute. I can imagine her doing this. She looked up at everyone and pronounced the family Bible as “God’s Word.” She paused for several seconds. Then she closed the Bible and shook her head and said “God’s Word. I can’t read God’s Word.”
There are many in this world who do not believe like my wife. They can read but they don’t. They doubt that the Bible is God’s Word.
What do we say in response to the unbeliever or doubter who says “Prove to me that the Bible is more than an ordinary book. Prove to me that the Bible is the Word of God.”
You can cite the following Scripture 2 Timothy 3:16 “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.”
What does that mean? Sounds to me like it is saying that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
Will that be enough for the unbeliever? Probably not.
They may ask what does inspired mean? Well before we get into this too much and this post doubles and triples in size, “God inspired” means that God is the originator of the Bible but used man to write the Book. God did not have a computer keyboard like me, writing directly to a screen and then working the text over until getting what He wants; then emailing an attachment to Moses, or some prophet like Jeremiah and they expressed His ideas.
The Old Testament tells the story. God spoke directly to people in the Old Testament. There are numerous examples. I am reading the Old Testament now and in the book of Joshua, The Lord spoke to Joshua repeatedly, telling him how to take possession of the Promised Land, how to conquer Jericho and how to maintain the covenant between God and the Israelite Peoples. God gave Joshua direct orders.
Sometimes the people who were directly addressed by God did what God wanted. Sometimes they did not. The Old Testament is clear in so many places. If you do what God wants, you will be blessed. I you do not do what God wants, you will be punished.
What about Jesus? How did He feel about The Bible? Jesus said in John 10: 35 “The Scripture cannot be broken”, in Matthew 15:3 He states the Scripture is “the commandment of God.” In Mark 7:13 He refers to Scripture as “the Word of God.” In Matthew 5:18 He says “Until Heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the law, until all is accomplished.”
Certainly Jesus believed that Scripture was the Word of His Father.
Lastly, the Old Testament has connection to the New Testament and the New Testament writers obviously connect their works to the Old. Jesus’ birth seems to be referred to in Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Micah 5:2: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Is all this coincidental? I don’t think so.
Paul writes in Galatians 3:8 “Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’” The writer of Acts speaks as if God is in the New Testament Scriptures in verses 24 and 25: “And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and sea, and all that is in them, who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, why did the Gentiles rage, and the people devise futile things?”
This post is just the intro. There is so much more to discuss.
When an unbeliever expresses doubt about the inspired Word of God, we have to defend this Book, not an ordinary Book by any means.
What will you do when the unbeliever casts doubt on the Bible?
Will you defend it or sadly admit “I can’t defend God’s Word.”
It is a special Book, our Book, it is God’s Word.