Lots of people wonder if the Bible is truly the Word of God.
I remember sitting in my first theology class during my first year in Bible College and the professor, Dr. Mayer, told us that the Bible is the Word of God. I had always believed and accepted this, and was excited to get some proof for the idea.
The proof consisted of several Bible verses which speaks of Scripture as being the Word of God.
Does anyone else see a problem with this?
At the time, I did too, and so I tentatively raised my hand and asked, “So…you’re saying that we know the Bible is the Word of God because the Bible says it is?”
I don’t remember what answer Dr. Mayer provided, but I do remember being supremely disappointed. What kind of proof is that? Anyone could write a book and include statements within it saying, “This book is the Word of God.”
Later, in Seminary, I was given a slightly more involved defense for the Bible as the Word of God. I will lay it out for you below exactly as it was given to me. I am curious if you think it is convincing or not.
So here it is:
Defense of the Bible as God’s Divine Revelation
- One facet of being a person is to attempt to communicate something of oneself with some other persons, if one is able.
- God is a person (from the ontological argument).
- God is able to communicate (from His omnipotence).
- God only communicates truth (from the ontological argument).
- There has been a sufficient amount of time to give God the opportunity to communicate to some people.
- Therefore, God has communicated with some people.
- The Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT) consistently claim to be from this kind of God.
- The Quran contradicts the OT and NT but claims that all these are divine revelation, so it must be rejected as contradictory.
- The Book of Mormon contradicts the OT and NT but claims that all three are divine revelation, so it must be rejected as contradictory.
- The Apocrypha, Vedas, Upanishads, and other religious literature do not claim to be from this kind of God.
- Therefore, God has communicated truthfully the whole Bible (OT and NT), whereas no other religious literature can legitimately claim to be of divine origin.
And that’s it.
There are other arguments for the Bible as Divine revelation, such as fulfilled prophecy, and the Bible being written over thousands of years by dozens of authors, and not containing contradictions, and numerous other arguments.
I am just not sure any of these arguments are persuasive for anybody but Christians. Frankly, I am not too sure that anybody really cares except for Christians.
What do you think? Would the arguments above persuade you that the Bible is Divine Revelation? Do you think that such arguments are helpful?