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What Evidences Do You Have That The Bible is the Word of God

What Evidences Do You Have That The Bible is the Word of God

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What Evidences Do You Have That The Bible is the Word of God

  1. 1. What EVIDENCES Do You Have That The BIBLE Is The WORD of GOD? A p r e s e n t a t i o n b y D r . P e t e r H a m m o n d
  2. 2. Some people see Christianity as some kind of intellectual suicide. A blind leap of faith.
  3. 3. However, Christianity is a reasonable Faith. It is based on incontrovertible, historical facts.
  4. 4. Christianity is not a blind leap into the dark.
  5. 5. It is an intelligent step into the light.
  6. 6. There is nothing virtuous about gullibility. We are not proclaiming faith in faith. It is all too possible to be sincerely wrong.
  7. 7. Our faith needs to be in the facts that God has revealed in Scripture and in Creation.
  8. 8. Any skeptical enquirer is to be commended for wanting to examine the foundations of our Faith. And the Bible forms the solid foundation for our Faith. The Bible stands as the greatest Book ever written.
  9. 9. One cannot speak of the Bible without speaking in superlatives.
  10. 10. Incomparable
  11. 11. It is unique in its circulation.
  12. 12. The first book to ever be printed was the Bible.
  13. 13. The Bible has been read by more people, than any other book in history.
  14. 14. The Bible has been printed more times than any other book in history.
  15. 15. No other book has been translated into so many languages.
  16. 16. The Forbidden Book It is unique in its survival. No other book has been so viciously attacked throughout history as the Bible.
  17. 17. In AD 300 the Roman emperor Diocletian ordered that every Bible be sought out and burned.
  18. 18. Diocletian was determined to destroy Christianity by destroying the Scriptures it was founded on. Anyone caught with a Bible would be executed.
  19. 19. As Dr Martin Luther declared: “It is a miracle how God has so long preserved His Book! How great and glorious it is to have the Word of God!”
  20. 20. War Against God Throughout history other tyrants have waged a war against God, seeking to annihilate the Christian Church…
  21. 21. Just in the 20th century alone well over 60 million Christians were killed by atheistic regimes.
  22. 22. Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union closed down or destroyed over 49,000 churches and imprisoned more than fifty million Russian Christians.
  23. 23. Mao Tse Tung’s Marxist regime in Red China also sought to annihilate the Christian Church.
  24. 24. Enver Hoxa declared Albania the first truly atheistic country in the world after closing every church and killing every minister in the country. Every Bible was destroyed and people were imprisoned in labour camps for merely mentioning the Name of God.
  25. 25. Samora Machel similarly attempted to turn Mozambique into the first truly atheistic country in Africa.
  26. 26. Yet, despite the most extraordinary campaigns to destroy Bibles,
  27. 27. the Bible has survived to continue to be the world’s Number One best selling book of all time.
  28. 28. Unique Despite the intensive campaigns over many centuries to destroy the Bible,.
  29. 29. There are still over 1,700 Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament still exist. And there are over 5,800 Greek manuscripts for the New Testament, 8,000 Latin and 1,000 other ancient versions of the New Testament in existence.
  30. 30. So there are an incredible 24,000 manuscripts of the New Testament dating back to the time of the early church. By way of comparison there are only 7 manuscripts of Plato’s Tetralogies, 49 manuscripts of Aristotle’s Ode to Poetics, 8 copies of the Historian Herodotus writings.
  31. 31. By these standards of antiquity, the Bible is in a class of its own. No other ancient writing has as many manuscripts, and certainly no other book has been so scrutinised and subjected to such critical analysis, and yet survived the most withering campaigns of criticism.
  32. 32. Impressive Credentials The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in cliff top caves at Qumran, in 1949, provided manuscripts dating from the 3rd Century BC to the 1st Century AD. It included a complete book of Isaiah and thousandsof fragments representing almost every other OldTestament book of the Bible.
  33. 33. Students were astounded to find that the manuscripts and translations which we have available to us today were accurate and reliable in every way. The Bible, on any level you might wish to examine it, is the most impressively credentialed work of ancient literature.
  34. 34. Now, you may say, that’s all very well, but how can I know that the Bible is the Word of God?
  35. 35. A Critical Test The Law of God sets up a litmus test for prophecy: “When a prophet speaks in the Name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen, or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.” Deuteronomy 18:22
  36. 36. Prophecy It is a fact that, of the twenty six books of the world, that either claim to be, or have been proclaimed to be, Scripture, the issue of specific prophecy is glaringly absent. You do not find specific prophecies concerning events, far in the future, in the writings of Buddha, Lao-Tsu, Confucius, or Muhammad.
  37. 37. However, the Bible is absolutely unique in that, in the Old Testament alone, there are more than two thousand specific prophecies that have already been fulfilled. There has never been anything else in all of history to compare with the Bible’s prophecies.
  38. 38. You may say, weren’t they just lucky guesses, or vague generalities that could be interpreted in any way? Well, you be the judge. Consider these:
  39. 39. AtthetimewhenEgyptwasthegreatestnationinalltheworld,thekingofnations, therichestcountryon e a r t h , E z e k i e l prophesied: “ThereshallnolongerbeprincesfromthelandofEgypt” (Ezekiel30:13). Egypt
  40. 40. “ThereshallnolongerbeprincesfromthelandofEgypt” (Ezekiel30:13).
  41. 41. It is a fact of history that, until a few decades ago when the monarchy was overthrown, Egypt was always ruled by a prince
  42. 42. but during the 2,500 years since this prophecy was given, the princes of Egypt were never Egyptian.
  43. 43. Their kings and queens have been Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs and Ottoman Turks. Egypt has even been ruled by the English.
  44. 44. But since the prophecy, given through Ezekiel no Egyptian monarch has ruled over Egypt.
  45. 45. When Egypt was the world’s superpower, no one would have predicted that.
  46. 46. Babylon Iraq has been in the news, so consider the Biblical prophecies concerning Babylon. The Bible contains over 100 specific prophecies concerning Babylon’s fate.
  47. 47. Babylon was not only the greatest empire in ancient times,
  48. 48. its capital city was the greatest city in the world.
  49. 49. The historian Herodotus recorded that the city consisted of 196 square miles of the most beautiful architecture, hanging gardens, palaces and temples.
  50. 50. The walls were 15 miles long and 200 feet high. The towers were 300 feet high.
  51. 51. The walls were 187 feet thick at the base.
  52. 52. Every authority at the time would agree that the city of Babylon was impregnable.
  53. 53. Yet the Word of God came that: “The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken …it shall be desolate forever.” Jeremiah 51:58-62
  54. 54. Now, the Great Wall of China is not nearly as wide, nor as strong, as the walls of Babylon were and although it is older it still stands today.
  55. 55. The walls of Jerusalem still stand. But today there is no doubt that the walls of Babylon have been destroyed.
  56. 56. Determined to make this the capital of his worldwide empire, Alexander the Great decided that he would rebuild Babylon. Alexander issued 600,000 rations to his soldiers and ordered the rebuilding of the city of Babylon. Yet, Alexander died at the age of 32 and his enterprise of rebuilding Babylon was abandoned.
  57. 57. In the 4th Century AD, Julian the Apostate, who attempted to restore paganism to Rome was engaged in a war with the Persians.
  58. 58. To prevent the Persians re-establishing the defenses of Babylon, Julian ordered the remnants of the wall of Babylon completely broken down.
  59. 59. In this surprising way, one of Scriptures greatest antagonists of all time became the agent to fulfilling one of the clearest and most repeated prophecies in the Old Testament. “Because of the wrath of the Lord it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate …it shall be no more inhabited forever.” Jeremiah 50:13,39
  60. 60. Today the ruins of Babylon are a wilderness inhabited only by scorpions and snakes. Although the fertility of the lands around Babylon were legendary, today it is a barren desert.
  61. 61. Tyre The city of Tyre was to the sea what Babylon was to the land. Tyre was the greatest port city in the ancient world.
  62. 62. Yet, at the height of its power, God declared that this city would be destroyed, that its towers would be broken down, and that its stones and timber, and even its dust, would be laid in the midst of the water and it would become like the top of a rock, a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea (Ezekiel 26:4-14).
  63. 63. This very strange prophecy began to be fulfilled when Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon marched his army to the walls of Tyre and for 13 years besieged the city.
  64. 64. When finally the walls of the city crumbled before the persistence of the Babylonians they found that many of the inhabitants had moved to an island half a mile out into the Mediterranean. There they built an even more impregnable city.
  65. 65. For hundreds of years one might have said that the prophecy given through Ezekiel was not completely fulfilled. Then Alexander the Great came, defeated the Persians and demanded the surrender of the port cities of the Eastern Mediterranean. Tyre alone refused to open its gates to him, so Alexander then conceived the boldest and most daring plan in siege history.
  66. 66. He ordered a causeway built across half a mile of the Mediterranean Sea to the island of the new Tyre. All the walls of Tyre were torn down, the timber, the stones, the rubble and the logs and they were cast into the sea. They scraped the very dust of the city itself into the sea to make this highway to destroy the new island city of Tyre. In this way the prophecy in Ezekiel 26 was completely fulfilled.
  67. 67. Sidon The prophecy against Sidon (Ezekiel 28:21-23) was that the inhabitants would be decimated, but the city would continue. History records that the city of Sidon was attacked, betrayed by its own king, and 40,000 of its inhabitants were killed.
  68. 68. But the city of Sidon continues.
  69. 69. the city of Sidon continues
  70. 70. Samaria The Scripture records a prophecy that Samaria, the capital of the Northern kingdom of Israel, would be destroyed,
  71. 71. Samaria, the capital of the Northern kingdom of Israel, would be destroyed
  72. 72. it would be turned into a vineyard and its foundations would be uncovered (Micah 1:5-6
  73. 73. Samaria In fact the walls of Samaria were cast down and today vineyards grow where once stood the capital of the Northern kingdom. Archeologists have excavated to expose the foundations of the city.
  74. 74. Jerusalem There were numerous other prophecies, that Jerusalem, the capital of the southern kingdom of Judah, would be destroyed, its inhabitants carried away and its wall broken down (Jeremiah 24:9; 29:21; 35:17).
  75. 75. Jerusalem There were further prophecies that the city and the walls would be rebuilt and the people would be brought back (Isaiah 4:3-6).
  76. 76. Jerusalem History records that all of this indeed happened, as prophesied.
  77. 77. Petra When Petra was one of the great cities of the ancient world, and Edom was a powerful nation, the Word of God came to Edom: “I am against thee, and I will stretch mine hand against you and Ezekiel 35:3-4
  78. 78. Petra I will make thee most desolate. I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord …I will make thee a perpetual desolation, and thy cities shall not return; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 35: 4,9
  79. 79. Tovisitthedesolate land that once was Edom, and the deserted ruins of Petra today
  80. 80. it is hard to imagine the power and prestige that these places once had when the prophecywasgiven.
  81. 81. “Remember the former things of old; 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 46:9-10
  82. 82. The Bible is the most valuable book in the world.
  83. 83. (A single copy of a Gutenberg Bible was sold for over $5 million. One copy of William Tyndale’s original printed New Testament was sold for over ₤4.5 million). The Bible is the most inspiring book in history and it is the most important book in history.
  84. 84. There is no question that it is the most life-changing book ever written.
  85. 85. In 1988, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, hinted at what would happen to Post-Truth Britain.
  86. 86. Pointing to the secret of Britain’s earlier greatness, she said: “We are a nation whose ideals were founded on the Bible.
  87. 87. Also it is quite impossible to understand our literature without grasping this fact.
  88. 88. That is the strong practical case for ensuring that children at school are given adequate instruction in the part which the Christian tradition has played in moulding our laws, manners and institutions.
  89. 89. How can you make sense of Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott, or of the constitutional conflicts of the seventeenth century in both Scotland and England, without such foundational knowledge? . . .
  90. 90. there is little hope for civilization if the hearts of men and women in societies cannot be touched by a call to something greater than themselves.
  91. 91. Political structures, state institutions, collective ideals are not enough. . . [Healthy democracy requires] the life of faith. . . as much to the temporal as to the spiritual welfare of the nation.” (Quoted in Christianity and Conservatism, the Rt. Hon Michael Alison MP and David I. Edwards, eds. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1990, p.337-338)
  92. 92. The Iron Lady could have expanded her comment about the source of British laws. ‘Rule of Law’ is the practical source of liberty. It is one of Britain’s greatest gifts to the world.
  93. 93. The Prime Minister and the Queen have power, but only to do good. They have no authority to violate a citizen’s rights, for they are servants of the King of kings. God is the King. God’s children are “kings” (sovereigns) in God’s kingdom.
  94. 94. As Britain’s early political philosophers from Samuel Rutherford to John Locke realized, God’s Son gave his own life to give God’s children eternal life. Therefore, Providence gives to governments power only to serve the sovereign citizens.
  95. 95. Mrs. Thatcher could have easily gone beyond Shakespeare and English literature to discuss the creation of the English language itself.
  96. 96. It was Literary English that made the Bible’s worldview Britain’s worldview. For literary English is a product of Bible translation.
  97. 97. And the Geneva Bible (1560) and King James Bible (1611).
  98. 98. Mrs. Thatcher realized that Great Britain’s basic philosophical/ethical assumption that words can and ought to communicate truth came from the Bible. Paganism, Buddhism, and Postmodernism reject that assumption because they do not believe that the Word (Logos) existed before humans did.
  99. 99. If words, rationality, thoughts are products only of “flesh and blood” (brain chemistry) then the best they can do is to express our feelings, not truth.
  100. 100. Mrs. Thatcher could have gone on to explain that the Bible’s logo- centric worldview made Britain an educated, thinking and scientific civilization.
  101. 101. Without the Bible, Britain could not have become the birthplace of the Bill of Human Rights, a pioneer in compassionate/scientific health care, and Industrial Revolution.
  102. 102. Without the Bible Britain would not have hurt its economic interests by abolishing slave-trade and slavery. Without the Bible she could not have discussed family and the empowerment of women and children.
  103. 103. For it was the Bible that prevented a British Monarch from having more than one legal spouse.
  104. 104. It’s sexual ethic and philosophy of marriage required powerful monarchs to seek the Church’s permission to divorce a spouse.
  105. 105. Mrs. Thatcher had to be brief. But the point she made is so profound that I am writing a four-volume work on how the Bible created the modern world.
  106. 106. The relevant point is that the Prime Minister wasn’t giving a new revelation. She simply confirmed what Britain already knew.
  107. 107. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II coronation June 2, 1953.
  108. 108. During the Service, immediately after taking her Oath of Office, she laid her right hand upon a Bible and said: “The things which I have here before promised, I will perform, and keep. So help me God.”
  109. 109. The Queen then went on to kiss the Bible, signed the Oath and returned to her chair. Then, as the photo shows, the Archbishop of the Church of England and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland presented the Bible to her, saying:
  110. 110. “Our gracious Queen: to keep your Majesty ever mindful of the Law and the Gospel of God as the Rule for the whole life and government of Christian Princes, we present you with this Book,
  111. 111. The most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is Wisdom; This is the royal Law; These are the lively Oracles of God.” Vishal Mangalwadi, author of "This Book Changed Everything"
  112. 112. The Bounty’s Bible
  113. 113. On 28 April 1789, Fletcher Christian staged the most famous mutiny in history, on the English ship HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific. The captain, William Bligh, and those loyal to him, were set adrift in an overloaded lifeboat which they miraculously navigated across the Pacific Ocean 3700 miles to Timor.
  114. 114. The mutineers on the Bounty immediately began quarreling about what to do next. Fletcher returned to Tahiti, where he left some of the mutineers, kidnapped some women, took some slaves, and travelled, with the remaining mutineers 1,000 miles to
  115. 115. the uninhabited Pitcairn Island. There the group quickly unraveled. They distilled whiskey from a native plant. Drunkenness and disorder characterized their colony. Disease and murder quickly took the lives of each of the men, including Fletcher. Soon only one man was left – Alexander Smith. Smith found himself the only man on the island, surrounded by an assortment of women and children.
  116. 116. Then Smith found the Bounty’s neglected Bible. As he read it, his heart was transformed and he began to instruct the survivors of their community. He taught the Scriptures and helped to implement it’s instructions. The message of Christ so transformed their lives that, 20 years later, in 1808, when the crew of the Topaz landed on the island, they found a joyful society of Christians living in peace and prosperity, free from crime, free from disease, and without murder and mutiny.
  117. 117. That Bible that transformed the people of Pitcairn Island resides on display in the church in Pitcairn as a monument to it’s transforming message.
  118. 118. The Foundation of Western Civilization
  119. 119. The impact of the Bible upon Western civilization has been absolutely enormous. Western civilization is founded upon the Bible. Professor William Phelps of Yale observed: “Our civilization is founded upon the Bible. More of our ideas, our wisdom, our philosophy, our literature, our art, our ideals come from the Bible than from all other books combined.”
  120. 120. The Bible has inspired the greatest literature, the greatest art,
  121. 121. the greatest achievements of architecture (the Cathedrals),
  122. 122. the age of exploration,
  123. 123. world missions,
  124. 124. the rule of law, the separation of powers, Checks and balances, representative government,
  125. 125. the sanctity of life, and so much more.
  126. 126. It is to the Bible that we owe our legacy of the rule of law. It is the Bible that ushered in an era of compassion, charity, liberty and justice. The Ten Commandments are the moral and legal foundation of Western civilization.
  127. 127. Most of the world’s languages were written down by Christian missionaries. The first book in most languages in the world was the Bible.
  128. 128. John Flavel wrote: “The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying.”
  129. 129. Incomparable Those people who say that the Bible was just written by men are simply expressing their own ignorance on the subject.
  130. 130. There is nothing comparable to the Bible in all the literature of the world. The power revealed through the Scriptures is none other than the power of God.
  131. 131. Photo Album by Joshua
  132. 132. Do you have the Bible in your home?
  133. 133. Do you have the Bible in your heart?
  134. 134. Reformation500 1521 - 2021
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  138. 138. Dr Peter Hammond Reformation Society P.O. Box 74 Newlands, 7725 Cape Town, South Africa Tel: (021) 689 4480 Fax: (021) 685 5884 Email: info@ReformationSA.org Website: www.ReformationSA.org

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