#1. It's inspired by God==============All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT)===============================Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet?s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God. (2 Peter 1:20, 21 NLT)==================================One aspect differentiating the Bible from other religious, historical or inspirational works is this: throughout the Bible, future events are predicted with verifiable accuracy. If the Bible predicted the future (what biblical writers call prophecy) to the extent that it cannot be dismissed as mere coincidence, then the source of this book can only be an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God who chose to speak his word through individuals for his purposes and design. Let?s consider the evidence.
The more you investigate the historical record within the Bible, the more you can find events such as these. Occurring repeatedly, the only way for writers to accurately predict the future is with the input of the One outside these space time events.
[At the Bible?s epicenter is Jesus Christ, who fulfills more prophetic proclamations than any other person. During his lifetime, Jesus fulfilled close to 300 prophetic forecasts, many of which were written hundreds of years before his birth. Mathematically, this is a statistical impossibility. The odds of Jesus completing these prophetic promises during his lifetime are the same as successfully completing the following task.
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You have to ask yourself that question. Religion is a personal choice . I have read some of the bible and plan to read other books of prayer so I can form an opinion and not blindly judge . As for the bible there are some interesting stories and guidelines .
The Bible is distinct from other books of divinity because it's one of the oldest texts that tell the creation of mankind. That is not to say that there are no older texts or historical records, but simply that the bible was greatly promoted throughout the ages and as such garnered much renown.
The Bible is a Book of prophecy. The Old Testament is a foreshadow of things to come in the New Testament. Jesus said : " The Volume Of The Book Is About Me ". Right to the T all prophecy has been fulfilled and will continue to be correct all the way to the end. Because it's the Word Of God and God has spoken.
That the majority of religious people in the world go by the bible. Christianity in the number one most widespread religion, and then there are other religions aside from Christianity that follow the bible, so I think the answer is that it is the most common religious script.
For me there is only one test of divinity. I pray about it and if the Holy Spirit testifies through its overwhelming and special feeling of peace that it is true, than to me it is true. Anything that lacks that special witness from God may be the great and inspirational thoughts of good men, but they are not scripture. The bible has proven itself scripture to me through that process.
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None, except improbabilities and impossibilities. Even the heathen has religious literature far grander than bible.
Why should the bible be better than the Hindu scripture, in which Krishna has said, "If a man strike thee, and in striking drop his staff, pick it up and hand it to him again"? How is bible better than the scripture of the Muslim Sufi, that says, "Better one moment of silent contemplation and inward love, than seventy thousand years of outward worship?" How can the story of Daniel in the lions' den better than the miracles of India? Is there anything in Bible as lofty and loving as the prayer of the Buddhist? Compare "Confession of Faith" with the following: "Never will I seek nor receive private individual salvation -- never enter into final peace alone. Until all are delivered, never will I leave the world of sin, sorrow, and struggle, but will remain where I am." Think of reading the prayer in 109th Psalm to a heathen who has a Bible of his own in which is found this infinitely generous & incomparable prayer, "Blessed is that man and beloved of all the gods, who is afraid of no man, and of whom no man is afraid."
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Hi Godisone! I always like your questions, and I could think of many appropriate answers but I settled on this on! In Genesis 12:1-3,God promises Abram that if he will leave his home and family in Ur (because they worshipped the moon there), and go to a land that God would show him, He would make from him a great nation, and bless him, and make his name great. And that "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee, and in thee, all the families of the earth be blessed." That's called the Abrahamic Covenant, where if Abram is obedient and does his part, God would bless him with children, and a legacy, and land. And those who cannot understand this part, then the rest of the Bible becomes a dilemma. Because they will not be able to understand how the promised Messiah came about, and how having faith in God's promises brings the reward of confidence in the Bible's Truth. All people have to do is study history to see that every king, every nation, every empire, every evil man that turned on the Nation of Israel has met their own doom. And we havent even mentioned the prophecies that foretold that Jews would be scattered into every nation, but they did not disappear ! And for the last 100 plus years, they have been pouring back to that little postage stamp sized nation, because God is getting ready to pick up where He left off with His favored nation! Thank you for your great question! Bye, Beth
The Bible is a testament of Christ. There are other books also that testify of him personally. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ. The people in the Americas saw Him as well as those in the New Testament in Jerusalem,etc.
There is nothing that sets it apart from other "Holy Books" except it is the book Christians use and follow. There many other Holy Books that claim divine authorship, some much older then the bible. All of the Holy Books have 0 evidence of divine influence, except to say within its pages that it's divine.