Is the Bible really God's Word and why should I place importance to it?

To the question on the truthfulness and reliability of the Bible, the following evidences will best provide the answer. There are both internal and external evidences that the Bible is truly God's Word. One of the first internal evidences that the Bible is truly God's Word is seen in its unity. Even though the Bible is sixty-six individual books, written on three continents, in three different languages, over a period of approximately 1500 years, by more than 40 authors who came from many walks of life, the Bible remains one unified book from beginning to end without contradiction. This unity is unique from all other books and is evidence of the divine origin of the words which God moved men to record. The Bible contains hundreds of detailed prophecies relating to the future of individual nations including Israel, certain cities, and mankind. There are over three hundred prophecies concerning Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. Not only was it foretold where He would be born and His lineage, but also how He would die and that He would rise again. When Jesus came, he fulfilled all the prophecies that were spoken and written of him. Another internal evidence of the divine origin of the Bible is its unique authority and power. This is best seen in the way countless lives have been transformed by the supernatural power of God's Word. Drug addicts have been set free by it, homosexuals transformed by it, hardened criminals reformed by it, sinners rebuked by it, and hate turned to love by it. The Bible does possess a dynamic and transforming power that is only possible because it is truly God's Word. There are also external evidences that indicate the Bible is truly the Word of God. One is the historicity of the Bible. Through both archaeological evidences and other writings, the historical accounts of the Bible have been proven time and time again to be accurate and true. All the archaeological and manuscript evidence supporting the Bible makes it the best-documented book from the ancient world. Another external evidence is the integrity of its human authors, they were honest and sincere. The fact that they were willing to die often excruciating deaths for what they believed testifies that these ordinary yet honest men truly believed God had spoken to them. The men who wrote the New Testament and many hundreds of other believers (1Cor. 15:6) knew the truth of their message because they had seen and spent time with Jesus Christ after He had risen from the dead. Their lives and deaths testify to the fact that the Bible truly is God's Word. If the Bible is truly God's Word, then we should cherish it, study it, obey it, and fully trust it. If the Bible is the Word of God, then to dismiss it is to dismiss God Himself. The Bible is so important for the Christian life because it is a primary means that the Spirit of Christ uses to make Christ present in us—to make his life dwell richly in us so that we become new creatures in Christ.

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