I steadfastly affirm that the book that we call the Bible is in a class by itself. As one reads the “sacred texts” on which the other “great world religions” are based, if he really considers them carefully, he is struck by their “naturalness.” In other words, they give no convincing evidence that they are supernatural. We call the Bible the Word of God, and if one knows what to look for, there are indications that it is not simply the word of other human beings.
One of the things that makes the Bible unique is prophecy. Prophecy is supernatural. By that I mean that it is inexplicable within the realm of what is considered normal. There are numerous predictions made in the Old Testament that are fulfilled in the New Testament. Granted, some are a little cryptic, but interpreting them backward from the fulfillment is 20/20. In Genesis 3:15 we read, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Bible-believing Christians interpret this to mean that the promised Messiah will provide salvation, and in the process have His heal bruised. Only execution by crucifixion routinely bruises the heel. Although seeming to win, the serpent (Satan) will be defeated.* In Micah 5:2 it tells the reader that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Psalm 22:16 informs us that His hands and feet would be pierced; and verse 18 tells us that they would gamble for his outer garment. Both of these were fulfilled in Christ’s crucifixion. These are but a few of the many prophecies.
Another indication that the Bible is a book that is beyond the natural is that it gives information that was not known in that age. In Leviticus 17:11 it tells the reader that “the life of the flesh is in the blood.” Off-hand I don’t know when “bleeding” was discontinued by the medical profession, but good old George Washington was dispatched to his reward by a well-meaning, albeit ignorant doctor. The ancients had several theories about what held up the earth. According to the Bible, “He [God] stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). This was a radical idea in that day. However, in modern times, we know it to be true. In Columbus’ time the earth was thought to be flat, and his sailors were terrified that they might sail over the edge. The Bible mentions “the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22), implying that the earth is round. Ancient man didn’t know these things, but God did, and He told them to us.
For these reasons, we, by faith, consider that the Bible is God’s message to mankind, and therefore use it as the basis for what we believe. Thanks for stopping by!
*This, for brevity’s sake, is the gist: The mechanics of interpretation are as follows: “Seed” means “descendant.” “Her seed” signifies a unique individual. All though the Bible the normal term is “his seed.” All of humanity would be designated “his seed.” Jesus is called the “seed of woman” because His was a super-natural conception.
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