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Is the Bible correct?

Submitted: 10/16/2007
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Question: My nephew asked, How do I know if the Bible is correct? He said that someone some place else is sure that their religion is correct, so how can we say that they are wrong and we are right? How would you respond?

Answer: I would explain to your nephew that in the end, each of us must decide what we believe. Some people believe the Bible is the Word of God, some believe the Bible contains words of God but is not totally God-inspired, some believe the Bible is a good book and contains much wisdom but is not necessarily God-inspired, and others believe the Bible is irrelevant and is not God's Word in any way, shape, or form. Ultimately, we must each decide what we believe. We would stress that if he believes the Bible is the Word of God, then he must embrace it fully and completely. He must not pick and choose which parts he wants to accept and which parts he doesn't like. This is fundamentally dishonest.

As to why he should believe the Bible is God's Word, there are several compelling reasons: 1) The Bible contains many scientific facts that were recorded long before they were discovered by man; 2) The Bible contains many prophecies that have been fulfilled exactly as predicted (plus no biblical prophecy has ever failed; 3) The Bible was written over a period of 1500 years by over forty different men yet it contains no contradictions; 4) The Bible contains many archeological facts, none of which have ever been disproved; and 5) Most significant of all, if you obey the biblical plan of salvation (repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins), you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). None can genuinely experience this supernatural gift and not come away believing that the Bible is truly the Word of the Almighty God.