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What makes the Bible distinct from other books that claim divinity?

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#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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I am going to build a fence around the perimeter of Texas, and cover the entire state with silver dollars to a depth of two feet. I will pick one of those coins, paint it red, and drop the coin somewhere in Texas, mixing it into the silver expanse. Your task is to fly in a helicopter over the state and pick up my coin. The entire state is yours, and you can take as much time as you like, but you must select my coin the first time you reach down into the silver expanse. And by the way, you will be blindfolded.

Now, back to our point - what does this have to do with the Bible being the only word of God? Do other religious works include the same prophetic content? The answer is no. The writings from the Far East, the teachings of Confucius, Buddhism and Hinduism do not even make a claim to be God?s word. They present to their followers a path to a simpler, more satisfactory life. The Muslim Koran makes no claims to being words from Allah. Rather it is the writing of Mohammed, a religious leader, his record of history as well as his desire for the future. But has any prophecy in the Koran come to pass? Only the Christian Bible claims to be God?s very word to man and only the Bible contains the verifiable track record of prophetic fulfillment as evidence of its claims. Biblical prophecies are batting 1000. No other religious group or religious writings can make the same claim. (Bible references related to this article: Jeremiah 25.11, Daniel 9.1-5, John 1.1-5)
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again 100% correct.
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you r an inspiration Bob.
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Alright, I'll bite. I am of course, a cynic, and critical of biblical prophecy. But what prophecies do you refer to? I'm not here to argue, only to process what you claim.
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JamesKaeberle
Amen and Amen! My Brother. 100% true.
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*Sigh* none.
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Hey Torn, study all the prophesies, you'll be amazed.
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Provide a specific reference point, please.
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How about the simulation of the anti Christ to the Qurans messiah. Walid Shoebat.
please u tube him.
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I'll check it out.
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JamesKaeberle
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thanx James
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44 Prophecies Jesus Christ Fulfilled
Prophecies About Jesus Old Testament
Scripture New Testament
Fulfillment
1 Messiah would be born of a woman. Genesis 3:15 Matthew 1:20
Galatians 4:4
2 Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1
Luke 2:4-6
3 Messiah would be born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:22-23
Luke 1:26-31
4 Messiah would come from the line of Abraham. Genesis 12:3
Genesis 22:18 Matthew 1:1
Romans 9:5
5 Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac. Genesis 17:19
Genesis 21:12 Luke 3:34
6 Messiah would be a descendant of Jacob. Numbers 24:17 Matthew 1:2
7 Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah. Genesis 49:10 Luke 3:33
Hebrews 7:14
8 Messiah would be heir to King David's throne. 2 Samuel 7:12-13
Isaiah 9:7 Luke 1:32-33
Romans 1:3
9 Messiah's throne will be anointed and eternal. Psalm 45:6-7
Daniel 2:44 Luke 1:33
Hebrews 1:8-12
10 Messiah would be called Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:23
11 Messiah would spend a season in Egypt. Hosea 11:1 Matthew 2:14-15
12 A massacre of children would happen at Messiah's birthplace. Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew 2:16-18
13 A messenger would prepare the way for Messiah Isaiah 40:3-5 Luke 3:3-6
14 Messiah would be rejected by his own people. Psalm 69:8
Isaiah 53:3 John 1:11
John 7:5
15 Messiah would be a prophet. Deuteronomy 18:15 Acts 3:20-22
16 Messiah would be preceded by Elijah. Malachi 4:5-6 Matthew 11:13-14
17 Messiah would be declared the Son of God. Psalm 2:7 Matthew 3:16-17
18 Messiah would be called a Nazarene. Isaiah 11:1 Matthew 2:23
19 Messiah would bring light to Galilee. Isaiah 9:1-2 Matthew 4:13-16
20 Messiah would speak in parables. Psalm 78:2-4
Isaiah 6:9-10 Matthew 13:10-15, 34-35
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44 Prophecies Jesus Christ Fulfilled
Prophecies About Jesus Old Testament
Scripture New Testament
Fulfillment
21 Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted. Isaiah 61:1-2 Luke 4:18-19
22 Messiah would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Psalm 110:4 Hebrews 5:5-6
23 Messiah would be called King. Psalm 2:6
Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 27:37
Mark 11:7-11
24 Messiah would be praised by little children. Psalm 8:2 Matthew 21:16
25 Messiah would be betrayed. Psalm 41:9
Zechariah 11:12-13 Luke 22:47-48
Matthew 26:14-16
26 Messiah's price money would be used to buy a potter's field. Zechariah 11:12-13 Matthew 27:9-10
27 Messiah would be falsely accused. Psalm 35:11 Mark 14:57-58
28 Messiah would be silent before his accusers. Isaiah 53:7 Mark 15:4-5
29 Messiah would be spat upon and struck. Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 26:67
30 Messiah would be hated without cause. Psalm 35:19
Psalm 69:4 John 15:24-25
31 Messiah would be crucified with criminals. Isaiah 53:12 Matthew 27:38
Mark 15:27-28
32 Messiah would be given vinegar to drink. Psalm 69:21 Matthew 27:34
John 19:28-30
33 Messiah's hands and feet would be pierced. Psalm 22:16
Zechariah 12:10 John 20:25-27
34 Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed. Psalm 22:7-8 Luke 23:35
35 Soldiers would gamble for Messiah's garments. Psalm 22:18 Luke 23:34
Matthew 27:35-36
36 Messiah's bones would not be broken. Exodus 12:46
Psalm 34:20 John 19:33-36
37 Messiah would be forsaken by God. Psalm 22:1 Matthew 27:46
38 Messiah would pray for his enemies. Psalm 109:4 Luke 23:34
39 Soldiers would pierce Messiah's side. Zechariah 12:10 John 19:34
40 Messiah would be buried with the rich. Isaiah 53:9 Matthew 27:57-60
41 Messiah would resurrect from the dead. Psalm 16:10
Psalm 49:15 Matthew 28:2-7
Acts 2:22-32
42 Messiah would ascend to heaven. Psalm 24:7-10 Mark 16:19
Luke 24:51
43 Messiah would be seated at God's right hand. Psalm 68:18
Psalm 110:1 Mark 16:19
Matthew 22:44
44 Messiah would be a sacrifice for sin. Isaiah 53:5-12 Romans 5:6-8
More Prophecies Jesus Fulfilled
Prophetic Books of the Bible
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Oh, slam.
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Wow Bobby... Great
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@ShayJay, I've now sat through several of Mr. Shoebats videos. I've found nothing that's indicative of prophetic fulfillment that can't instead be understood as his interpretation of worldly events. Furthermore, his hatred for Muslims marks him as a xenophobe. His conversion to christianity is also an excellent pivot point to avoid being charged with multiple counts of terrorism. I find his sincerity lacking. @Bobby, were I to take the bible at it's word, everything you listed would serve as compelling proof of prophecy. But as it stands, it lists only self-fulfilling prophecies, which are no evidence at all to a nonbeliever. Thank you for your time. My mind remains unequivocally, unchanged.
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Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. (Luke 16:29-31 KJV)
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And Jesus Christ did rise from the dead and men still refuse to believe. But it's their choice and I respect that, how ever I've chosen to believe therefore I expect the same. Have a great day all ..,
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@Bobby: The Hindu Vedas are, according to Hindus, from God via the men and women sages who were made the vessels for Vedic wisdom from God -- just as the Bible and the Qur'an are reported by there respective adherents to be of divine origin through the pen and tongue of men.

The Vedas are around six to seven thousand years old which predates any biblical account. They contain prophesies which are being fulfilled as argued by those who believe in the divine authority of those prophesies -- just as Christians believe the prophesies of the Bible are being fulfilled.

This is only one example from many religions with sacred texts. To say the Bible is the only scripture reported to be the word of God and the only one which claims prophetic accuracy is only accurate to those who accept such statements as true due to their religious bias.
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Thanks for everyone's comments I appreciate all of them.
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2 Tim 3:16 was not referring to any part of the NT as it did not exist until some 3 centuries later. Paul knew nothing of any of the gospels.
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lol
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44 prophecies lets take a look

1-Born of a woman...... I think we all fit that category, so that's not much of a prophecy.
2- Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. MIcah mentions a PERSON not a place and jesus was not born to Bethlehem Ephratah, he was born to Joseph and Mary. Matthew changed the story and made it a place. Please reference 1 Cron 2:50, 52 and 4:4. Also the Messiah spoken of here was suppose to be a military leader and lead the fight against the Assyrians, which Jesus never did
3- Messiah would be born of a virgin. The word used in the scripture you mention is a wrong translation in the King James, it should not be virgin, but young woman. The woman that had this birth was alive at the time of the prophecy and no where in the NT is Jesus called Immanuel. Nor did he ever rule Israel
4- Messiah would come from the line of Abraham. I think every Hebrew would say they came in the line of Abraham, so at the time of Jesus there were a few million of them.
5- Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac. See the #4 comment it applies to Issac as well
6- Messiah would be a descendant of Isaac. see #4 again
7- Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah. see #4 although not as numerous but the same idea applies.
8- Messiah would be heir to King David's throne. #4 still applies although cutting down the number of people.
9- Messiah's throne will be anointed and eternal. Ps 45:6.7 is not prophecy but a praise to God. Dan 2:44 is a failed prophecy as the 6th kingdom (mentioned in this verse) has yet to appear. Luke 1:33 has yet to happen as well. Heb 1 also has yet to happen
10- Messiah would be called Immanuel. Please show me where anyone referred to Jesus calling him Immanuel. This refers back to prophecy #3 of your list.
11- Messiah would spend a season in Egypt. Hosea 11:1 has nothing to do with a prophecy about Jesus. Matthew tries to make it a prophecy by not quoting the entire scripture.
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More people believe in the bible than any other religious book.

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More than ANY other religious book? More than any other religion's sacred writings in the entire world? Really?
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The Pew Forum survey finds Christians to be the largest segment of the world's population at 31.5% with Muslims in second place at 23.2%. So that would indicate that Cjkenkel's statement is correct. However, numbers alone do not constitute rightness. There was a time when the vast majority of cultures in the world treated women with less respect than men (and still do to some degree), but the numbers didn't make that practice right.
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Thanks-I didn't know the stats. Good answer, good syllogism.
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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 .

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You should read the books of Enoch.
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What's that about?
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It's scripture inspired.
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try geeta

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A confirmed reality, not a vague promise in the distant future.

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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.

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Nice answer very stunning, when you get a moment read mine and read more in the comment section. Have great day :0)
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The bible wasn't assembled until the fourth century CE, and no text in it is older than 800BCE.

It's not even close to one of the oldest religious texts.
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Actually the Hindu Vedas have the bible beat by more then 1000 years
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it is inspired by those possessed with the Holy Spirit.

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True 100%
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Shay LQQK for me in here some were up or down I'm around
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found ya. lol
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Not 100% true. Virtually all religions purport that their sacred texts are of divine source.
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Nothing. Every book that claims divinity also claims to be the sole possessor of said divinity.

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Its true for the Bible.

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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.

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So true. Thanx for helping me on Bobs page.
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Anytime Shay. God Bless!
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& all heavenly blessings upon you & your family James.
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I posted the biblical references how our Lord fulfilled 44 Old Testament prophecies in my comment section, go and have a word feast on Jesus and me. Bread of heaven feed me until I want no more. Enjoy much love God's servant B.Wyatt
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Amen! I saw that. Praise Jesus!
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You slam dunked it Bobby.
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As you and I all know the Holy Spirit is the Master Teacher and all praises belong to our God. Amen! :0)
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Yes Amen to that.
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Hindus also believe their Vedic prophesies are being fulfulled as do Mulsims regarding Qu'ranic prophesies.
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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.

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@Labelma: The only religion which accepts the Bible as a religious text are Christians -- unless you have a source to the contrary. Currently the Pew Forum survey finds two most prominent religions are Christianity at 31.5% of the world's population and Islam at 23.2% (Source: http://www.pewforum.org/global-religious-landscape-exec.aspx) Even if we disregard the unaffiliated demographic (even though that would also be made up primarily of religious people), The claim that the Bible is the most well known religious script may be accurate, but depending on where you are in the world, it is not the most common religious text in use.
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Please disregard the sentence immediately following the link. Sorry.
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Judaism, and all the sects that branch from it all follow parts of the bible, your statement that Christians are the only people that follow the bible is inaccurate.
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@Labelma: The Bible consists of the Old Testament and the New Testament. The sacred text of the Jews is the Tanakh which includes the Torah. The Torah shares many books with the Old Testament, but not all. And even different Christian denominations have a different Old Testament canon. So to say the Jews accept the Bible as a sacred text is far from true.
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Also, even if you add Judaism to the world population numbers from the Pew Forum survey, you only bump the Christian number up by .02%.
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The Old Testament is the exact same as the Jewish tanach, an I would know because I'm Jewish. Out of all the acted texts, the bible is the most well known. Whether you agree with it or not, there are more Christians than anything else.
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Edit: the only difference between the Old Testament and Jewish tanach is the language.
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My sister and brother-in-law are Jewish, and they will argue with you until the cows come home that the Bible is NOT a sacred text of Judaism. I will concede that the Protestant version of the Old Testament and the Tanakh contain the same books, whereas the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Old Testaments do not, and vary one from the other. But if it is stipulated that the Tanakh and the Old Testament are the same, all you have accomplished is to say that both Judaism and Christianity accept the Tanakh as a sacred scripture. The Bible, which must be considered in its totality with the New Testament, is a singularly Christian religious text.
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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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Very good answer as usual, Rainingstar!!!
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Hundreds of its prophecies have come true. Jesus fulfilled over 300 Himself.

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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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Thank you for your great answer.
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Any body can answer with opinion It's so easy.....
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And yet you asked the question answer of which, according to you, was "so easy....."!! Inconsistent; is it not?
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It is the best selling sacred text of all time. Beyond that, it shares the same anecdotal evidence for spiritual inspiration and knowledge as many other sacred texts.

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Yes. Great answer-thank you.
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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

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Hi Beth, just want to say I thank you.
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Nothing. They are all full of historical inaccuracies and wild claims they have no evidence to support them.

Though the bible has been retranslated and selectively edited to suit political agendas far more often than other religious texts.

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That is only your opinion,There is a lot of evidence,Bible prophacy is 100 %
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That is a huge load of BS. The "prophecies" are either so vague they could mean anything, unfulfilled, or have zero evidence they were fulfilled at all- just the bible claiming they have.

Sad.
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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.

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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.

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There are a few things that make the Bible distinct:

1) the Bible says it's from God, mankind's Creator (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

2) Bible prophecy explains the meaning of world conditions (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

3) the Bible enables us to understand the purpose of life (Acts 17:24-26; Genesis 1:27,28)

4) Its internal harmony is significant.

For more information on why we should consider the Bible as divine, check out this link:

http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1101989213

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Nothing at all.

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