The Authority of the Bible

            The Holy Bible is the infallible, inspired and inerrant Word of the living God! This divine Book has been translated into over 700 different languages so that Christians can be found in almost every part of the globe and remains a ‘best seller’.  Moreover, the completed Bible has stood the test of time for over 2000 years while the Pentateuch, the first Five Books of Moses, are about 3500 years old. Its divine origins and its longevity reveal that the Bible is God’s message to man. We read in the Old Testament that ‘God spoke, the Lord commanded’, and ‘the Lord said’ about 4000 times. The Apostle Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:21 of the New Testament that the Scriptures ‘came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.’ Moreover, no other writings contain prophetic pronouncements made by servants of God which were fulfilled hundreds of years later to the last detail. Central to those prophecies is message of the coming of God’s Son, the Saviour. One clear example of this is when Moses declared that: ‘the Lord would raise up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee (Moses), and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him’ in Deuteronomy 18:18.                                     

But how can we be sure whether the Christian is the true one? Why cannot Islam, Buddhism or any other religions give peace and fulfillment? We must realize that the Bible alone directs us back to the living God Who has created all things at the beginning of time. Moreover, Christianity alone reveals man’s restoration to God through substitution, namely, through the sacrificial work of God’s Son, upon Calvary’s cross. All other religions emphasize the necessity of man’s activities and attainments to gain the favour of a god. The Bible, however, reveals what God has done to restore a deeply fallen race so that, instead of enemies, they may become humble subjects, trophies of His redeeming grace. This was only made possible by the gift of God’s Son Who became the propitiation for all manner of sin. The Lord Jesus bore God the Father’s wrath against sin by suffering and dying upon the cursed tree and then resurrecting from the dead, vanquishing the power of death. As a result of this amazing redemptive work the Bible records the beautiful invitation Christ gives to sinners in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 11:28: Come unto Me. All ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest for your souls.