THE IMPORTANCE OF LOGIC IN CHRISTIANITY

FOR A SOUND DOCTRINAL, SPIRITUAL & MENTAL LIFE

Intellectual Reasons for the Faith, part 2: Why do you believe the Bible is the

Word of God?

 

            In the last DDR, I covered three intellectual reasons for believing in the existence of God (i.e. creation, design, and morality). These covered basic indubitable facts reflected in science as well as in everyday life. In total there are at least twelve categories of arguments for the existence of God in general and for the truth of Christianity in particular. I will develop these philosophical arguments in the future. I would like to add that all true arguments for the existence of God are philosophical in nature.  One of the most common errors of atheists who rail against the existence of God is to try to prove one thing by using the wrong method for discovering a truth/fact. Richard Dawkins is a brilliant biologist and popular writer of books against the existence of God, but he has a real blind spot in this area. He attempts to demonstrate that God does not exist through biology.  The existence of God is a philosophical question, not a biological question. One may use biology or science to corroborate a point (as in the previous DDR; also see Psalm 19; Rom. 1:18-20), but never to prove a point one way or another. Just as one cannot measure an object by smelling it or weigh an object through hearing, one cannot prove God through biology. Dawkins books might be popular, but they are logically and rationally flawed nonetheless.  

            Now to the Bible, why do we believe the Bible is the Word of God? Certainly, this is an important question. After all, we are staking our entire destiny on what the Bible says. Again, why do we believe the Bible is the Word of God? Because it says so!? What about other “religious” writings that make the same claim. Muslims tell us to follow Islam because only God could have written the Koran (“And if you are doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant [Muhammad], then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (if there are any) beside Allah, if your (doubts) are true.” Sura, 2:23). Mormons make a similar claim about the Book of Mormon: And when ye’shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye make know the truth of all things, Moroni, 10:4-5. According to Muslims, if you read the Book of Mormon with an open mind and ask God to show you if it is true, he will confirm it. Both Mormonism and Islam have made enormous impacts on the lives of millions of people—both for “good” and bad. However, they both can’t be true since they are mutually exclusive. Both provide different ways to God. Both cannot be the only true way to God. Furthermore, both are at serious odds with historical (natural, external) evidence. The only “proof” they offer is some subjective inner witness. Faith in Islam and Mormonism can only be warranted or substantiated on the basis of subjective inner experience.

            The Bible, on the other hand, not only comes with the inner witness of the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom 8:16)—which is absolutely essential, it comes with tremendous external evidence as well. This external evidence is so extensive that it would take dozens of DDRs to complete—I will get into all of this evidence a later time.  So why do we believe the Bible is the Word of God? The short answer is: we know the Bible is the Word of God because it claims to be the Word of God and proves to be the Word of God. In the Old Testament it says at least 1500 times in various ways thus saith the Lord; in the New Testament Jesus, the God-man, told the disciples that the New Testament would be the very Word of God. We not only have God’s Word claiming to be God’s Word, we also have proofs of it being God’s Word. It is the only religious book in the history of mankind with supernatural miracles in it to confirm it, and the only book in the world that has supernatural prophecy made hundreds of years in advance. The Bible predicted where Jesus would be born (Micah 5:2), that He would be born a virgin (Isa 7:14), what year He would die (Dan 9:26), how He would suffer on a cross (Isa 53), et al.  The Bible makes over a hundred predictions hundreds of years in advance that were literally fulfilled in Christ.  No other book in the world does this. No other book has miraculous confirmation and the supernatural prophecy of the Bible. On top of this evidence, we have the testimony of Christ Himself regarding the fact that Scripture is from God and cannot be broken (John 10:35). If the Son of God who fulfilled prophecy, including living a perfect sinless life, said that the Bible is the Word of God, then it must be the Word of God.

            Let’s look at just one line of external evidence in fulfilled prophecy.  In Daniel 9:26 we are told there will be 483 years (from 444 B.C.) to the time the Messiah would be cut off. If you go from 444 B.C. to A.D. 33, you get 477 years. But these are 477 lunar years so you have to add 6 more years to make it fit the astronomical calendar.  This gives us exactly 483 years as Daniel predicted. No other book in the history of mankind compares to the Bible in this regard—and there is a vast amount of other external evidence that also proves the Bible is the supernatural Word of God.

            We certainly thank God for the inner ministry of the Holy Spirit in affirming the trustworthiness of the Word of God (Rom 8:16), but thanks be to God for the external testimony that the Bible indeed is the Word of God. We all know that we can easily be mistaken regarding inner convictions, thanks be to God that He has given us a vast amount of external corroborations in prophecy, history, science, life, and dozens of other areas. When we engage unbelievers we are not left with merely our inner convictions or “how it works for us”. God in His grace has given us and all men external evidence of His existence and that the Bible is the very Word of God. He speaks to all of mankind externally every waking moment of every day. The only remaining question is whether the person will accept of suppress His speech— His revelation:

Psalm 19:1-4 For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 2 Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, 

Romans 1:20-21 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

                              

On the Glory Road,

Don Hargrove