By Irvin Baxter
If there is a Creator-God, it is logical to think that He would want to communicate with the ones He created. As humans, we show kindness, justice, intelligence and other noble attributes. Since it is unlikely that a Creator would be inferior to that which he created, isn’t it likely that He would have similar or superior qualities? Wouldn’t you expect that such an intelligent Creator would want to communicate with His intelligent creature?
God could choose to speak directly, through angels, or through visions and dreams. He could communicate any way He wanted to. A method that would ensure long-term results, and be passed on from one generation to the next, would be to create a written revelation that could be duplicated and distributed throughout the world.
The Bible, actually a library of 66 books, was written over a period of 1500 years by about 40 different authors. It covers topics such as creation, history, prophecy and God’s plan for the world, without any apparent internal contradiction. Parts of the Bible are over 3,000 years old, and it contains the oldest and the most reliable records of ancient history ever written. The Bible claims to have, ultimately, one author, God, who chose to communicate appropriately at various times through many different kinds of people. The inspired writer to the Hebrews says,
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…” (Hebrews 1:1-2) [NKJV]
People try to guess about the future. But there is only one God who has the ability to foretell events in the distant future in detail, testifying to the reliability of His Word, and giving evidence of His existence. God said through Isaiah,
“Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands… For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done…” (Isaiah 45:11; 46:9-11) [NKJV]
Although the Bible is the most read and most published book of all time, few realize that up to 30% of the Bible is prophecy. Some of these prophecies remain to be fulfilled in the future. The rest have been fulfilled with 100% accuracy. A book that foretells incidents concerning people, places and events with 100% accuracy could only be the product of something supernatural. Psalm 22, for example, describes the crucifixion of Christ, yet was written 1,000 years before Jesus was born, and at least 600 years before crucifixion existed. Another prophecy was written decades before its fulfillment, when Jeremiah claimed that Israel would be taken into captivity for a period of 70 years by the Babylonians. In another prophecy, Ezekiel foresaw the exact year in which Israel would be established as a nation, 2,500 years before it happened.
Another Bible prophecy that has been largely fulfilled already is Daniel’s description of the sequence of world empires that would come to power, from his time until the close of the age. Many historians were convinced that, because these prophecies were so detailed, they had to have been written after these events occurred. When archeologists recently uncovered copies of the Book of Daniel that predated these events, they had to re-think their conclusions. Other fulfilled Bible prophecies include the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., the disbursement and re-gathering of Israel as a nation, and the “suffering servant” Messiah.
There are dozens of specific Bible prophecies in the Old Testament that pertain to the arrival of the Savior of Israel. All of these prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth. These Messianic prophecies contain details about His birthplace, His ancestors, the exact year of His “triumphal entry” at the Temple and His execution. It is said that the life of Jesus fulfilled over 300 Bible prophecies concerning the first coming of the Christ, as a suffering Messiah.
About two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul noticed that the people of Athens apparently acknowledged that some higher power must have created everything. They created hundreds of gods and temples to these gods, struggled to please them all, and even made a temple to “the unknown god,” in case they missed something. Paul told a group of Greek philosophers,
“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’” (Acts 17:24-28) [NKJV]
God made the world, lives everywhere, and gave life to us and every creature. Our DNA shows that all men share the same ancestry. Paul showed the well-educated Greeks that the same God that they had been trying to reach has never been far away. It is mankind that moved away from God. Our very existence, every moment we are alive, depends upon the presence of God.
Intelligent, scholarly skeptics, who have attempted to disprove the Bible and the existence of God, find overwhelming evidence that the Bible is true and that God is the author. We can depend on the Word of God to be a reliable book that not only accurately describes past and future events, but also answers the issues of our daily lives, including the existence of God Himself.
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