Many religions have a book they consider sacred or a book set apart from other books. For Christians, this sacred book is the Bible. We believe that each word was inspired by God to be written for our instruction, encouragement, and edification (Rom 15:4). The Bible is God inspired, (not dictated) and as such contains not only God's promises but also the personalities of the writers. Even though it was written by men, the ultimate author was God Almighty. The
Bible itself makes this claim: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Pet 1:21).
No major religion outside of Christianity claims a sacred text to be God's Word. The teachings of Confucius, Budda and Hinduism do not make a claim to be God’s Word. The Muslim Koran does not make this claim. Rather they claim it is the writings of Mohammed dictated to him word for word by the angel Gabriel and Mohammed's record of history as well as his desire for the future.
What do we mean when we say we believe that the Bible is the actual Word of God? We believe that the Bible contains the actual promises of God to the human race. We believe that he speaks to us through the Bible and that when God gives us his Word, it is rock solid; he will never violate it. If a person gives you their Word, even though they may try as hard as they can to keep it, they may still not be able to. God ALWAYS keeps his Word.
Why is the Bible different than other sacred texts? The Bible itself contains convincing evidence as being God's Word.
1). Unity - Although this book was written by over 40 different human authors it contains unity in a central message: God's plan of redemption for fallen man through his Son Jesus Christ.
2). Prophesy – The Bible is filled with prophesy, many of which we can see fulfilled by verifiable historic events, (The fall of the Babylonian Empire (Daniel 5) is one example). The Old Testament itself has over 300 prophesies about the coming Messiah of which Jesus fulfilled every one!
3). Endurablility – The Bible is the most revered but also the most maligned book in the history of man, yet it survives. It is by far the best selling book of all time. It is estimated that sales of the Bible average between $425 and $650 million annually. No other book even comes close. Many have tried to discredit the Bible, yet from generation to generation, it endures. No other book has had such a profound impact on the world. And no other book can have such a profound effect on your life.
Jesus said “The words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and life”, (John 6:63b) The words of the Bible contain life and the power of God resides in each and every word!
The best way to find out about the Bible is to read it! Start with the Gospel of John and continue with the other 3 Gospels. Ask God to show you his truth in his Word. I guarantee he will not disappoint you!