On Saturday, I was given ten minutes to talk about the Bible. This is what I said.
The biggest proof of the truth of the Bible is itself. It is axiomatic (self-evident/unquestionable). “If I told you I am the president of Kenya, would you believe me?” I asked. You should have seen the doubt in the eyes of the Norwegian boys and girls. Almost as if they were asking, “really now?”. And the reason for it is because I am not self-proofing. My claims are not true just because I have said them. I need to give something more. I need to prove. If I was the president, maybe bringing them to the state house (official residence of the president) would have proved it.
This however, is not the case with the Bible. I will explain.
The Bible was written over a period of about 1400 years, by 40 different authors who most definitely didn’t know each other, or hold a boardroom meeting to discuss the content. Besides, it was written in 3 different languages; Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic, in diversely different places and times, from the Middle East and Africa, to Europe. All these people, despite all these differences, agree on one thing; that Jesus is the Son of God and salvation only comes by faith in him alone.
A good glance at the Bible leads to one logical conclusion; God wrote a book.
Take for example, the famous Noah and the Ark story. Destruction is coming and only the ones that are in the Ark get saved. The rest perish. One ark, you are either in or out!
Do you remember when Moses and the Israelites are in the wilderness and are bitten by snakes? God instructs Moses to make a bronze snake and set it on a pole, and if anyone is beaten they would look at it and live. One snake, you look and live or look away and die.
You see, all these things are a fore-shadow for hundreds of years, pointing to something. Why was there only ONE ark, and only those who were in it were saved? Only ONE bronze snake that only the ones that looked to it were saved? God is obviously saying something about a definite salvation only for those who look to the cross and are in Christ Jesus.
Look at a man called Abraham, God asks him to do a seemingly outrageous thing. To kill his son, Isaac. You see, Isaac was not a regular kiddo, he was promised, and Abraham got him at an old age, so old that when Sarah heard the promise of having a son, she laughed. Though she denies laughing when the LORD asks. Go ahead and check out the conversation in Genesis 18:9 – 15. Anyway, the point is, Isaac was special.
So Abraham and Isaac go up a mountain, they have fire, wood but where is the lamb? Isaac asks. His dad replies that God will provide for himself the lamb. I know you probably know how the story goes but stick with me. So an angel of the LORD stops him from sacrificing his son, and behind him was a ram caught in a thicket. And that’s what Abraham offered up instead of his son. You see, God provides a ram as though he is suspending the idea of a lamb being sacrificed. Even more, as though he is suspending the idea of a father offering his son as a sacrifice.
It is said that, that is the same mountain, hundreds of years later, where God the father killed his only begotten son; the lamb, as a perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin.
Isaiah, talks about someone who has no form or majesty that we would look at, who we despised and rejected. He would eventually die and we would think he has died for his own wrongs, yet he would have died for our sins. Isaiah 53. This was hundreds of years before this things took place in the exact way he said them.
Christians would then spend the next years after Christ’s resurrection bearing witness to it and pointing us to the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and pointing us ahead, yet again, to His coming. O Glorious day!
It is therefore, no doubt, that the Bible was authored by someone who is outside of space and time, an eternal being. A loving God. For our good and His glory.
So take it up and read!
I leave you with this quote by Charles Spurgeon:
When asked, “What is more important: praying or reading the Bible?” I ask, ‘What is more important: Breathing in or breathing out?’