The Bible, a Living Doc
Sir Isaac Newton is quoted saying that "There are more positive marks of genuineity in the Bible than in another prodiscovered history." The Bible is indeed a dwelling doc, the very word of God. Let us discover three types of evidence to verify this fact. Consider 1) the "manuscript proof", 2) knowledge written 1000's of years ago that science has proven to be accurate, and 3) the fulfillment prophecies contained within the Bible.
1. Manuscript Proof
The Bible as we know it initially existed as handwritten manuscripts. Historians analyze manuscripts to determine the authenticity of historical documents. As we speak, there are more than 24,000 copies that comprise all or portions of the New Testament, dating as far back as 50 AD. This is remarkable! Homer's Iliad, which is Historical Greece's most famous and history's next greatest-documented book, has only 643 surviving copies. (In fact, there are more disputed lines in 643 Iliad manuscripts than in all of the New Testament manuscripts.) Examine this with the truth that we do not have ANY manuscripts of any of William Shakespeare's 37 plays, which were written less than four hundred years ago.
2. Historic Discoveries
Science proves time and again that the Bible is the inspired word of God. Consider three examples.:
Two thousand -5 hundred years ago, the prophet Isaiah speaks of the earth as being "spherical" at a time when everyone believed that it was flat (Isaiah 40:22). History dates the "discovery" of the spherical nature of the world across the 16th century.
Through the time of Job, it was believed a god named Atlas held the earth on his shoulders! Nobody believed the earth "hangeth upon nothing" (Job 26:7) Job is the oldest book in the Bible; it was written over 3500 years ago
Ecclesiastes 1:7 says "All of the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea isn't full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again." The writer of Ecclesiastes knew about condensation and evaporation. We call it the water cycle. Galileo is credited for making this discovery in 1630! Ecclesiastes was composed in 1000 B.C.
There are a terrific many prophecies made in the Bible that history records as having come to pass. Here we note just one with a number of points fulfilled in literal detail. To this day the fulfillment of this prophecy is beyond any argument.
Ezekiel 26:1-6,12 says, ". . . the word of the LORD came unto me, saying. . . Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come back up towards thee. . . And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her mud from her, and make her like the top of a rock. It shall be a spot for the spreading of nets within the midst of the ocean: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. . . they shall break down thy partitions, and destroy thy nice houses: and so they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy mud within the midst of the water."
Tyre was the highly effective city within the historic kingdom of Phoenicia. This prophecy was given around 586 B.C. Babylon, under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar, laid siege to the city for thirteen years, literally breaking down the partitions and towers, as predicted in Ezekiel's words. Throughout that point, the citizens of Tyre escaped to an island just offshore, and commenced rebuilding the city. Babylon had no navy, so Tyre survived the drawn out battle. But in 333 B.C. (250 years later), military of Greece, led by Alexander the Nice, laid the "stones, timber and dirt" of the city on the mainland "in the midst of the water", to build a bridge to the island. Tyre was fully destroyed, by no means to recover. To this day, fishermen may be found "spreading their nets" there to dry, just as the prophecy said.
Woodrow Wilson once said that "When you will have read the Bible, you will know it is the Word of God, because you will have discovered it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty." The more one studies scripture, the clearer one sees the truth, that the Bible is God's word, revealed to man.
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