Do you know people
that just don't believe in God, Jesus, or the Bible whether
they consider themselves an agnostic, an unbeliever, or perhaps
simply a heathen? Perhaps they are a family member, a co-worker,
or a neighbor. Have you ever wished you had some information,
a comeback, or logic to help persuade them (or at least defend
information exists! And I have spent 20 years collecting it
into a good, presentable form.
Many Christians respond
to unbelievers by saying they believe in God and the Bible just
because they know it in their heart. That's good, but we don't
need to stop there. There is plenty of verifiable
proof that the Bible is a supernatural and true book, pointing
to the reality of God. I will briefly touch on ten reasons here:
(1) - FULFILLED
PROPHECIES IN THE BIBLE: Isaiah
46:9-10 says, "God declares the end from
the beginning." The Bible is the only "religious
manual" in the world that contains prophecies. That's because
only the God of the Bible knows the future! In contrast, Jean
Dixon falsely "prophesied" who would be candidates for
major parties of presidential elections in '52, '56, and '60,
and who would win. She missed everything! The 1978 National Enquirer
had 61 predictions of 10 leading "psychics" for the
last half of '78. They missed them all! The Bible contains over
2,000 specific predictive prophecies that have already been fulfilled.
332 specific prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus as Messiah, 56
in 1 day per Gary Hedrick of the Christian
Jew Foundation. The odds of this happening accidentally are
less than 1 chance in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000! according to
Josh McDowell in More than a Carpenter.
(2) - PROOF FROM
PATTERNS IN ORIGINAL HEBREW & GREEK TEXT: The original
Hebrew & Greek languages of the Bible used their letters also
for numerals. Therefore, each letter and word has a numeric value.
A Russian mathematician, Ivan Panin, discovered in 1890 amazing
patterns of sevens in the numeric value of letters and words in
the original Hebrew & Greek text. The statistical probability
of just Genesis 1:1 having these patterns of seven by accident
is 1 chance in 33 trillion! [Bible Numerics Foundation, Box 206,
Waubashene, Ontario, Canada, L0K2C0] Another amazing phenomenon
is equal distance sequencing patterns in Hebrew text. For example,
"Yeshua" is spelled out every 50th letter all through
the first five books of the Bible. Original research in this area
is from the book Yeshua: The Name of Jesus Revealed in the Old
Testament by Yacov Rambsel. No one has been able to locate detailed,
meaningful Bible codes like this in any other Hebrew literature
outside the Bible including the Jewish Talmud, the Mishnah, and
the Apocryphal writings of the Maccabees.
(3) - THE SCIENTIFIC
ACCURACY OF THE BIBLE: This is truly amazing in light of how
old the Bible is, and how little people knew scientifically in
those days. Yet so many statements now prove to be scientifically
accurate. For example, the Bible taught that the earth was round
40:22 and Job
26:7 thousands of years ago, when even Plato & Aristotle
thought earth was flat! In Lev
12:3, God told his people to perform circumcision on the 8th
day. Holts Pediatrics, a modern medical school manual, says blood
clotting agents prothrombin and Vitamin K peak on the 8th day!
(4) - REALITY
OF HEAVEN & HELL FROM AFTER-DEATH EXPERIENCES: Dr. Maurice
Rawlings, M.D., is a cardiologist who interviewed and studied
people=s experiences when they had clinical death and were resuscitated
by CPR or other medical intervention. He found amazing testimony
of people seeing either Heaven or Hell (published in To Hell and
Back: Life After Death).
(5) - SUPERNATURAL
HEALING MIRACLES AND ANSWERED PRAYERS: Many people know someone
who has documented before and after evidence of a miracle healing!
When people pray, things happen! For example, there is a documented
medical study in the Southern Medical Journal of the recovery
rates of cardiac patients who were prayed for which proved
prayer made a major difference in recovery. One pastor was asked
by a journalist if answered prayers could be just coincidences.
He replied, "I know that the more I pray, the more 'coincidences'
(6) - PROOF OF
INSPIRATION FROM THE WISDOM OF RELATIONSHIP, BUSINESS, & GOVERNMENT
PRINCIPLES IN THE BIBLE: The Bible is full of principles that,
when applied in real life, produce outstanding success in many
areas. One interesting example is how our founding fathers set
up our greatly successful "three branched" American
government (Judicial, Legislative, Executive). They studied the
Bible for the design of our new government, and found Isaiah
33:22 "the LORD is our Judge, the
LORD is our Lawgiver, the LORD is our King."
(7) - PROOF FROM
THE MARTYRS: History is full of Christian martyrs that gladly
laid down their lives out of love in testimony of the reality
of Jesus. Eleven of the twelve Apostles willingly gave their lives
as martyrs when they could have easily recanted if it had all
been a hoax or a lie. There are well-known martyrdoms of Christians
like Ignatius, Polycarp, John Wycliff, John Huss, William Tyndale,
Jim Elliot, all the way up to the Columbine school martyrs like
(8) - PROOF FROM
THE SUPERNATURAL PRESERVATION & CONTINUENCE OF THE NATION
OF ISRAEL: God promised to bless the nation of Israel (Gen.
12:2-3). It rose to great affluence under David and Solomon.
However, due to their sins, God said He would drive them from
their homeland (Deut.
9:17) but preserve them (Jer.
30:11). God said He would bring them back after "many
11:11-12). Even after many people groups have deliberately
tried to exterminate the nation of Israel for about 2,000 years,
they have retained their national identity, language, religion,
and culture; and returned to full nation status in 1948 on their
original homeland! The nations that have blessed them (America
and England), God has blessed. And the nations that have tried
to destroy them (Babylon, Assyria, the Romans, Nazi Germany, and
Russia) have been defeated and humiliated. Of more than 225 nations
on the earth, no other nation has experienced this unique preservation
in spite of thousands of years of world-wide persecution and attempted
(9) - THE REMARKABLE
IMPACT OF CHRISTIANITY WORLDWIDE: Someone once wrote that
about 2,000 years ago, a person was born into a poor family who
was a minority group in one of the smallest countries of the world.
He did not travel extensively, did not have a higher education,
his relatives had little influence, and he died like a criminal
at the age of 33. His public influence only lasted about 3 years,
and his followers who promoted his message were mainly uneducated
commercial fishermen. Yet in his infancy, he arrested the attention
of the king, as a teenager he astounded the religious leaders,
as an adult he healed the multitudes without charging any fees.
He never assembled an army or fired a weapon, but has made more
violent men and women surrender their lives than all the generals
of history. He never wrote a book, but there are tens of thousands
of books written about him, and his Bible holds the record as
the best seller in the history of printed material. He never founded
a college, but all the colleges in the world put together don=t
have as many students as this man. He did not practice psychology,
but has healed more broken hearts than all the doctors of the
world. The historian H.G. Wells said this man has made the most
permanent impression on world history than anyone else. We date
our calendars from his birth, and about 2 billion people worldwide
identify themselves as his followers and assemble together
on a weekly basis to pay homage and respect to him (nearly 2,000
years after his death). His enemies have not destroyed his influence
after continual attempts. He has risen to the highest position
attainable by a man. This Jesus the Christ is adored by saints,
feared by demons, and is proclaimed by billions as the Messiah,
Lord, and Savior of mankind.
(10) - THE PROOF
OF CHANGED LIVES: Perhaps the greatest proof of the supernatural
nature of the Bible is its power to radically change people's
lives for the better. Millions of people have voluntarily testified
how a prayer to ask Jesus Christ to forgive them and be their
Lord and Savior has tremendously altered their lives from that
moment forward. Changing the way a person behaves and thinks is
a tremendously difficult task to accomplish for anyone
even over a period of decades (whether by a spouse, an employer,
or a government). But the Bible and its Jesus Christ has accomplished
this hundreds of millions of times in a single moment.
As a contrast, where are the lines of people who say that Islam,
Buddhism, or Hinduism has delivered them from drugs or alcohol,
restored their marriage, healed their mind or body, or basically
made them a model citizen when they were an enemy to society?
Therefore, Christianity exhibits a unique power to radically,
supernaturally change a person on the inside that no other religion
Proclaiming the Truth,