Carl Sagan submitted, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary
evidence.” He was right.
The anchor of Christian faith, the Bible, was authored by God Himself.
6 Extraordinary Evidences:
First, the Bible is not just one single book – it’s a diverse
collection of 66 thoroughly
harmonious books with one single theme
that contains a broad variety of genres: historical, narrative, epic, law, poetry,
prophecy, wisdom, gospel, apocalyptic and letters. Many Christians are not aware of this fact, let alone non-believers.
Second, these 66 books were written by 40
different authors. These authors
came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings,
prophets, tax collectors and scholars. Most of these authors never knew one another personally. To be certain, not one had a Facebook account, mySpace page or a blog to
collaborate with fellow coconspirators on a “fake left, go Divine” book of the
Third, these 66 books were written over a period of 1500 years. Yet again, this is another
reminder that most of these authors never knew or collaborated with one
another in writing this alleged “fairytale for grown-ups written by a bunch of
Bronze-Age goat herders.” Go figure, the first book was written 3,500 years before
Al Gore even invented the
Fourth, the 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different ancient languages – Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. (In the spirit of full disclosure, the next
sentence is going to be an extremely long run-on sentence, on purpose for
effect, for which I forewarn.) For those non-believers who postulate
that post-Moses Biblical authors had ‘access to’ and ‘understanding of’
earlier ancient Biblical texts ‘written in’ uncommon languages in order to
‘back their then-present-day writings’ into a grander ‘fully-harmonious’ New
York Times Best Seller, all-the-while
trusting that ‘yet-to-be-born authors’
would carry forward the ‘conspiratorial baton’ and author later books ‘perfectly
harmonizing’ within 10 different genres all previous ones (previous texts that would not be aggregated, by the way,
until two centuries after the last
authors were martyred in horrific fashion…for
a lie that would later hoodwink hundreds of millions of professed Christians
for two millennia), then I have some swampland in Florida that I’d like to
discuss with you as a “sure thing” investment.
Fifth, these 66 books were written on 3 different
continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Once
again, this is a testament to the varied historical and cultural circumstances
of God’s people.
And finally, “You
don’t read the Bible, it reads you.” If you don’t believe our claim, try us.
Start with the four gospels of the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
(not Biff). If you’re feeling really bold
and adventurous, before you begin, say the following words out loud or out loudless,
“God, if you’re really real, speak to me personally
through your Word – I’m open, because I truly want to know.”
Think about the above realities: 66 books, written by 40 different authors,
over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, on 3 different continents, impacting
readers personally. What’s more, this collection of books shares a common storyline- the creation, fall,
and redemption of God’s people; a common theme- God’s universal love for all of
humanity; and a common message- salvation is available to all who obey the
Gospel and follow God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. Go
figure, these authors had no Pony
Express, no teleconferencing, no internet, no Library of Congress and no
foreknowledge that the First Council of Nicaea would convene in AD 325 and
actually select their little ‘ol
piece of prose to be included in one…astonishing…perfect… harmonious…book of Scripture!
If you do not believe that the Bible
is indeed the inspired word of God, if you do
not believe that the Bible is of a supernatural origin, than we challenge
you to a test. We challenge you to go to any library in the world, you can
choose any library you like, and find 66 books which match the characteristics
of the 66 books in the Bible. You must choose 66 books, written by 40 different
authors, over 1500 years, in 3 different languages, written on 3 different
continents. However, they must share a common storyline, a common theme, and a
common message, with no historical errors or contradictions.
Absent Divine intervention, we submit your task would
truly be impossible – for any
collection of human writings. However, the Bible passes this test:
contains 66 books, written by 40 different authors, over 1500 years, in 3
different languages, on 3 different continents, with no historical errors or
contradictions. The entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, bears the mark of
THAT is why we believe the Bible to be The Inspired Word of God.
(read also more about the ‘essence’ of the Holy Bible)