We believe that the Bible is God’s message to us and we should live by it

A Quick Look

I guess it may be considered lame to say that the Bible claims to be God’s message to us, as that is using the authority to prove it is an authority.  However, that must be our starting point, because it does make that claim:

2Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

This is a bold statement, which can be demonstrated to be true only by those who already believe, so maybe we should quote another:

2Pet. 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

There is room to find some proof for this, both within and outside the pages of the Bible, which we will do in the “More detailed Bible Teaching” section below, if you are interested.

A Personal Analysis

Believers come to believe by a number of different routes, and it may be that in the end, you are one who believes because of what you have read in the Bible.  But whether this is your initial route, or whether you came to believe by praying, or by observing the wonders of God’s work in history, or in unfulfilled prophecy, or in archaeology, or some other way, in the end, even if you were sceptical at the start, you will come to agree with all other believers that the Bible must be the Word of God Himself.

How else could a collection of 66 books, written by many (human) authors over many hundreds of years, be so consistent in its message?  In this respect, the Bible is outstanding amongst books, being written from the time of Moses, who historians generally feel was the person who wrote down the words of the first 5 books of the Bible, and he was writing about 1500 years before Jesus was born, through to John on the isle of Patmos, who wrote the book of Revelation about 95 years after Jesus’ birth.  So we have a spread of about 1600 years, during which the books of the Bible came into being.  This is quite a spectacular statistic, when over that massive period of time, the writers all wrote of the same plan and purpose, and of the same God with the same principles.  When we consider how human thinking is inclined to change over time, this is indeed quite an achievement.

As well as that, the text of the Bible is supported by archaeology, by prophecy fulfilled, by secular historical accounts and empires,  by observation of things in the Middle East, and even, probably to a greater degree than you might have been led to believe, by science.

God’s Word is a truly remarkable book which we recommend that you read for yourselves.  As this is a fairly daunting prospect for the average person, you may like to take advantage of this YouTube channel, which will read a portion to you each day of the year from the NET Bible, finally completing the whole of it each year: https://www.youtube.com/c/YourReadings - search the playlists for the month you want.

More Detailed Bible Teaching

There is a great deal of evidence both within and outside the pages of the Bible which may serve to convince you of its authenticity and authority.  For the external evidence, and a great deal of discussion on this, we would direct you to http://www.theevidence.co.uk but below we will look at an internal Bible-based argument.

The Bible is a Jewish book, in that it was originally written for God’s chosen people, the Jews, who later rejected Him, so he sent his latter preachers to the Gentiles as well.  But initially, the Bible was written for and about the Jews, and is, essentially, their history book.  God spoke to His people, the Jews, by way of occasional faithful men and women who are referred to as prophets.  Some of those prophets give us a little personal insight into what it was like to be a prophet of God:

Balaam

Way back around 1400 years before Jesus was born, a (somewhat shifty) prophet named Balaam was around.  At the time Israel were gradually taking charge of different parts of the land of Canaan, which was the land God had given them, and removing from there the people already in situ.  Balak was king of the next nation to be threatened: Moab.  He was pretty scared because of the success of the Israelite armies so far and he wanted to employ some extra influence to try and bring the impending battle into his favour.  He saw that the predictions of Balaam were coming true (which was how you knew a person was indeed a prophet), and he offered Balaam many riches to come and curse Israel, so that he might win the next battle.

Balaam (wrongly) was tempted to comply and come along to Balak.  Three time he got Balak to make sacrifices to God, and then set about declaring the curse which would make him a rich man.  But each time this happened (this example below is the first time, but you can find and read the others in Numbers 23 and 24):

Numbers 23:3 Then Balaam said to Balak, "Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go; perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever He shows me I will tell you." So he went to a desolate height.
4 And God met Balaam, and he said to Him, "I have prepared the seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram."
5 Then the LORD put a word in Balaam’s mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak."
6 So he returned to him, and there he was, standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab.
7 And he took up his oracle and said: "Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, From the mountains of the east. ‘Come, curse Jacob for me, And come, denounce Israel!’
8 "How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?
9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, And from the hills I behold him; There! A people dwelling alone, Not reckoning itself among the nations.
10 "Who can count the dust of Jacob, Or number one-fourth of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, And let my end be like his!"
11 Then Balak said to Balaam, "What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and look, you have blessed them bountifully!"
12 So he answered and said, "Must I not take heed to speak what the LORD has put in my mouth?"

We see that, regardless of his desire to get his hands on Balak’s massive reward (see 2Pet. 2:15 for evidence of this), he was in fact unable to speak any words at all except those which God had given him to say.  This is how it was for a prophet of God.

Amos

Amos gives us this insight:

Amos 3:4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing?
5 Will a bird fall into a snare on the earth, where there is no trap for it? Will a snare spring up from the earth, if it has caught nothing at all?
6 If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it?
7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
8 A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?

Jeremiah

Jeremiah recounts this episode when he was thrown into a pit by the people and desperately wanted to stop prophesying:

Jeremiah 20:7 O LORD, You induced me, and I was persuaded; You are stronger than I, and have prevailed. I am in derision daily; everyone mocks me.
8 For when I spoke, I cried out; I shouted, "Violence and plunder!" Because the word of the LORD was made to me a reproach and a derision daily.
9 Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name." But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.

Ezekiel

We read also of how Ezekiel was made dumb by God for years, being allowed only to speak God’s words, until the time when He was ready for Him to speak freely again.

At the start of this discussion we quoted:

2Pet. 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Maybe the more detailed look above has helped see why the writers of the Bible were so convinced of this fact.