I firmly believe the bible to be the word of God. It was truly written by prophets who were inspired from on high. However, the Bible has been translated and tampered with a causing it to lose a little bit of reliability. There are some truths in the Bible that have been altered of taken away over the centuries. I believe the bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly
It says directly in the Bible that the Bible is God's word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17: "/All Scripture/ is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." Right in that verse is proof that scripture is in fact from God. However, as a Christian, I don't think I should limit the answers I could receive from God to the Bible. I believe Christians should read the Word, but we can also hear God's voice in other ways. It says this in the Bible, too: Job 12:7-9 - "But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?" This verse indicates that God is found naturally in his creations. Prayer is also a way of receiving answers from God. In conclusion, I think the Bible is God's word, but that Christians are allowed to receive knowledge from God in other ways other than the Bible.
Based on a combination of facts brings me to this conclusion. It is remarkable in it's value in recording history compared to all other writings. Many of it's prophecies have been fulfilled. It has done more to change the world than any other book. It is supported by archaeology in many places.
Even a casual reader of the Bible will soon discover he is reading a very unusual book. Even though he may not accept its claims, a careful and reflective reading will demonstrate, for most at least, that this book is not only unique, but makes some very unique claims. The following are a number of evidences that support this uniqueness.
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The fact that God gave us the Bible is an evidence and illustration of His love for us. The term “revelation” simply means that God communicated to mankind what He is like and how we can have a right relationship with Him. These are things that we could not have known had God not divinely revealed them to us in the Bible. Although God’s revelation of Himself in the Bible was given progressively over approximately 1500 years, it has always contained everything man needs to know about God in order to have a right relationship with Him. If the Bible is truly the Word of God, then it is the final authority for all matters of faith, religious practice, and morals.
The question we must ask ourselves is how can we know that the Bible is the Word of God and not just a good book? What is unique about the Bible that sets it apart from all other religious books ever written? Is there any evidence that the Bible is truly God’s Word? These types of questions must be seriously examined if we are to determine the validity of the Bible’s claim to be the very Word of God, divinely inspired, and totally sufficient for all matters of faith and practice. There can be no doubt that the Bible does claim to be the very Word of God. This is clearly seen in Paul’s commendation to Timothy: “… from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
There are both internal and external evidences that the Bible is truly God’s Word. The internal evidences are those things within the Bible that testify of its divine origin. One of the first internal evidences that the Bible is truly God’s Word is seen in its unity. Even though it is really sixty-six individual books, written on three continents, in three different languages, over a period of approximately 1500 years, by more than 40 authors who came from many walks of life, the Bible remains one unified book from beginning to end without contradiction. This unity is unique from all other books and is evidence of the divine origin of the words which God moved men to record.
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It is a collection of stories written by almost 40 totally unrelated authors and passed down from generation to generation over the course of 2000 years that proves God exists. Every single author speaks over and over again about the existence of God and his wonderful love that he has for us. How can it be the word of any one else?
Many seek to disprove, or even discount the Bible before having read it because of all its contradictions. What must be understood by opponents to Christianity, is that the Bible is not just a collection of facts and events (although it does contain history). It is a book that contains poetry, prophecy, genealogy, parables, letters and eyewitness accounts. The Bible should be read in light of Jesus, who was the fulfillment of God's plan and narrative encased within the Bible. Here's a nice quote: "The Christian gospel... Tells how for the world’s redemption God entered into history, the eternal came into time, the kingdom of heaven invaded the realm of earth, in the great events of the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ." FF Bruce-The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?
The Bible posits that the Abrahamic God has specific attributes, among them being: Omniscience (all-knowing) and omnipotence (all-powerful).
If one believes the Bible is the word of god, it must follow that...
...This all-knowing and all-powerful deity decides to write a book, to communicate His existence and His glory to the world, and let His people know what they have to do to avoid what he will do to them if they don't do what he puts in his book. So he sits down and writes--- oh, wait. He leans down and speaks the words of the Biblical texts into the waiting and diligent ears of mostly illiterate bronze-age tribesmen, who either write it down immediately, or pass it on by word of mouth for several hundred years. Then, this all-knowing and all-powerful deity simply stands by while his clumsy humans lose all the original documents and several generations to follow, and muddle up which books were "really" God-inspired and which were forgeries. All-knowing and all-powerful god does nothing to clarify anything. Instead, he chooses right about the time the printing press was developed to slow down the "miracle" business, stopping entirely after the invention of the video camera.
The facts are this: We don't have the original Biblical texts. The texts we do have don't agree with each other. The Biblical version of history doesn't line up with actual history, to say nothing of its idea of the natural sciences and mathematics. There is no reason to believe that the Bible is authored by a deity who is described in said book as all-knowing and all-powerful.
The Bible is not the word of god it should be called the Quran, Now why do I say that the bible is not the word of god but the Quran. In the Quran which was discovered years ago before any technology was invented to help our future, The Quran specifically states how the solar system works, how a baby is made, and other miracles in the earth before everything was discovered by scientist and other people. If you were to read the Quran you will see the miracles of it
The bible is a book of books, a vicar would tell you that. Different men and disciples wrote passages for the bible and thus, it's writing is based upon what men interpret of the religion not directly what it is. Chinese Whispers is an example of something that can altered from what the original context is. Especially in regards to the Old Testament where stories are recorded hundreds of years after they supposedly happened. The fine details are unlikely to be accurate to a tee. Also how are text copied? - by hand of course, and only God knows what alterations have been made through time.
This is why I don't take the Bible literally. Men lie, and portray inaccuracies. The 'will of God' is shown in a book that only God himself knows is true or not. There are many branches of christianity that interpret the will of God in different ways. I personally think my own moral compass is more important than the Bible, and that if God is a force of good whilst I try to remain so, then I'm on the path to righteousness. In fact, even the church doesn't take the bible literally. No priest honestly believes that George slayed a dragon, or that david killed the giant goliath with a slingshot and stones. Many of these stories are metaphors. What George did was even more impressive. He sacrificed his life not betraying his religion and left his money to the poor.
Even the church recognises it needs to modernize. There are talks about allowing gay bishops and allowing women bishops. If I recall correctly, the Pope is not mentioned at all in the Bible yet he is revered as God's will. So the Bible can not be entrusted to be taken as the will of God in a literal sense. He didn't write it himself (or even tell people to). Man wrote it in his name.
It is a collection of stories written by almost 40 totally unrelated authors and passed down mostly orally from generation to generation over the course of 2000 years. There is no way that such unreliably written stories could possibly be historically, scientifically, or even theologically accurate!
By modern standards it should be considered as no more than ancient Hebrew folklore (Old Testament) and early Christian propaganda (New Testament).
The argument most often used to counter the incredible historical unreliability of the Bible is that all the writers must have been "inspired by God". But that is impossible because God is perfect, and if he had really inspired all of the Bible's authors, then the Bible would be perfect as well! Yet, it is NOT! It is so chock full of blaring self-contradiction that I don't understand how anyone could possibly still regard it as the "word of God".
The Bible was created after the death of Christ 17 years after/50 years in Christian calendar, is the beginning of collecting the writing of the old testament after 100 years completed the old testament and another 100 years completed the new testament which written by the follower of Jehovah and Jesus Christ, statement only the history of the work of God not a word of God. Because word of God is Power. In the beginning was word and the word was with God make him powerful and the word is God. I do believe that our planet was created by word of God. If that so, why is the bible has no power to show? Jesus show the power of God thru by his word. Why is not in the bible; the word he spoken so the blind can see and the limbs can walk? And so there are so many miracle shown by jesus christ thru the word of God.
Imagine how good a book would be if it really were written/inspired by the creator of the universe. Think about how advanced his "chosen people" would've been if that really were the case. There is nothing in the bible mentioning medicine, DNA, architecture, engineering, astronomy, mathematics or anything else that would be relevant for the 21 century.
The Bible is vague, with thousands of conflicting interpretations. Is the Bible the inspired Word of a perfect, omniscient, omnipotent God or is it the work of ancient men with pens? We would expect the work of ancient men to not mitigate myriad interpretations and to contain logical contradictions / factual errors and that is what we find with the Bible.
Conclusion: the Bible is most likely the word of ancient men with pens pretending to be God.
The Bible makes it seem like God behaves like an imperfect man. Why would he need to test someone by making them tie their own son up? Why does he constantly keep communicating his means of destruction to these people? Why doesn't he communicate with us anymore? Where did he go?
Everyone has probably thought this question before: where did everything come from? What took nothing and made an atom, that then became all the space around us? This argument is similar. Who made the first bible? No one knows really, and for those who don't believe in one of the million variations of Christianity, they'd just say a madman made a book because of a dream and the idea took hold. Mainly because several hundred years ago, christianity was VERY EVIL, learn some history! You people today are ok, and haven't committed any mass murders, but the witch trials? And the fact that the bible allowed slavery in the 1800's, the mass murders of the Native American tribes, and Christianity just has a ton of mistakes from what is allowed in that bible.
No, the Bible is not the really the word of God. I have read many versions of the Bible and do not believe it is the word of God. I do not feel that God wanted their to be updated versions from the one that he wrote 3000 years ago. These bibles have been altered toward whichever faith you are choosing.