1. It is unusual to see the same theme consistently repeated over a span of 1,600 years without wavering.
The number of words written in the last 6,000 years (since writing was invented) are countless. The writings of humans are marked by disunity and contradiction. Words written by more than one author often contain glaring discrepancies in philosophy, facts, style, and ideas.
Josh McDowell, the Christian apologist, pointed out in Great Books of the Western World; “If you take ten authors from the same walks of life, the same time period, the same country, and the same language, and asked them to expound on one basic subject, would such a conglomeration all agree? Of course not.”
Yet, from start to finish, the Bible has one simple theme: Humankind is sinful and needs a Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive our sins and give us eternal life in heaven with Him.
Consider that the Bible was written:
- By 40 different authors
- In 66 books
- Over a time period of 1,600 years
- In three languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic)
- On three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe)
- By writers from all walks of life: prophets (like Jeremiah), priests (such as Zechariah), shepherds (like Amos), a doctor (Luke), a tax collector (Matthew), fishermen (like Peter), and preachers (such as Paul).
- With a gap of more than 400 years between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament.
Despite this wide diversity, the Bible is one book with the same theme from start to finish.
2. Hundreds of events, people, and things are prophesied in the Bible – all of which have come true.
Let me share a few fulfilled prophecies concerning Jesus:
Virgin Born – Prophesied Isaiah 7:14 – Fulfilled Luke 1:26-35
Birth in Bethlehem – Prophesied Micah 5:2 – Fulfilled Matthew 2:1
Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday – Prophesied Zachariah 9:9 – Fulfilled Matthew 21:1-11
Betrayed by a Friend – Prophesied Psalm 41:9 – Fulfilled Matthew 26:20-25
Falsely Accused by Leaders – Prophesied Psalm 35:11 – Fulfilled Matthew 26:59-68
Silent before His Accusers – Prophesied Isaiah 15:7 – Fulfilled Matthew 27:12-14
Hands and Feet Pierced – Prophesied Psalm 22 16 – Fulfilled John 20:25
Said “My God My God Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?” – Prophesied Psalm 22:1 – Fulfilled Matthew 27:46
Crucified With Robbers – Prophesied Isaiah 53:12 – Fulfilled Matthew 27:38
Lots Cast for His Clothes – Prophesied Psalm 22:18 – Fulfilled John 19:23-24
Bones Not Broken – Prophesied Psalm 34:20 – Fulfilled John 19:33
Thirsted on the Cross – Prophesied Psalm 22:15 – Fulfilled John 19:28
Buried in the Tomb of a Rich Man – Prophesied Isaiah 53:9 – Fulfilled Matthew 27:57-61
Said “It Is Finished”– Prophesied Psalm 22:31 – Fulfilled John 19:30
Is that enough? Or would you like some more?
3. The Bible is historically accurate at every point where it’s been tested.
At the beginning of the 20th century, many enemies of the Bible declared that the Bible was more fable than actual history. Since then, archaeologists have documented many existing historical places that were mentioned in Scripture.
For example, the Old Testament mentions the Hittite nation over fifty times. Archaeologists scoffed until they found archaeological evidence of the Hittite nation.
Or consider that Luke 2:2 says Quirinius was the governor of Syria when Joseph and Mary went to the city of their birth, Bethlehem, to be counted in the census. Historical records had absolutely no mention of a Roman governor by this name. Then, a number of years ago, a rock was discovered with his name on it. Once again, the Bible was proved to be historically accurate. Many more examples exist today.