When people accept a theory to be true, they do so merely based on methodology and not by proof. For proof requires evidence that is real, now.
Some of the marks that point to the authenticity of the Bible are found in fulfilled prophecy and historical evidence.
When it comes to prophecy, many people claim that the prophecies that have been fulfilled were written after the event. Or the prophecies were found after the event. Yet here are two prophecies that are happening in our day that are written in the Bible. But not just recently, but in the first century AD and before.
The first prophecy is the fact that Israel has become a nation once again. For it is foretold in the Bible that it will cease to exist and then become a nation once more. Many people once scoffed at the Bible in the 18th century, just over 120 years ago because Israel did not ever look like becoming a nation.
The second prophecy is that nobody will be able to buy or sell without the number 666. This number is on every bar code that records manufactured items.
The Red Sea crossing has been found with chariots and horses hooves on a bridge that crosses the Red Sea. Mount Sinai has been discovered and at the top the rock is black, as if burned by fire (God is a consuming fire) when God appeared to Moses on top of it. Mount Horeb is also called the Mountain of God—its distinction being a cave—and it adjoins Mt Sinai. There is much more evidence that verifies everything in the Exodus account, not to mention the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah being found and Noah’s Ark (proven with modern scientific instruments to have metal and wood and be the exact size as described in the Bible) but guess how many people would look fools and have no jobs if these were acknowledged.
Paul was an apostle who wrote under the inspiration of God. There are other people who have written under the inspiration of God, even today. People read the books and they feel like God is speaking to them through those books, because they point to Lord Jesus Christ and the truth— the test being whether they speak according to the Law and the testimony (Isaiah 8:20).
- You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (John 5:39–40)
- How from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:15)
However, it is only when people share these truths with others who are able to appreciate the workings of God, because they have the assurance of salvation, is it possible to grow in the more sure knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The fact Paul states that he wrote the book of Thessalonians in his own hand is viewed as evidence of its authenticity. However, when one understands the key truths within the book of Romans and Thessalonians, the Apostle's statement is a mark of authenticity for those who knew Paul’s handwriting. For others, the statement merely reaffirms what is already found in the other epistles that are attributed to Paul.
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