Have you ever wondered?
The answers to all these questions and more are there in the Bible. This by itself shows that the Bible is special. In answering these questions, the Bible presents a comprehensive picture of our world like no other book:-
"The reason you don't like the Bible, you old sinner, is because it knows all about you." – Billy Sunday
Prophecy is the prediction of future events. The Bible is replete with prophecy. Biblical prophecies can be classified as follows:
Events predicted thousands of years in advance were fulfilled precisely. Even if there were no other evidence, fulfilled prophecy by itself establishes the Bible as having a divine origin.
"A representative of the Great Books of the Western World came to my house recruiting salesmen for their series...I challenged him to take just 10 of the authors, all from one walk of life, one generation, one place, one time, one mood, one continent, one language, and just one controversial subject...Then I asked him: 'Would the authors agree?' He paused and replied, 'No'" - Josh McDowell, Evidence that Demands a Verdict (Campus Crusade for Christ, 1972), p.19.
In contrast, the Bible was written by about 40 different authors who represented a great variety:
And yet, we find these authors agreeing remarkably on hundreds of controversial subjects. The following are some examples of internal consistency in the Bible:-
The New Testament writer Paul refers extensively to the parts of the Bible written 1500 years before he lived, in his epistles to the Romans and Galatians.
Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the dozens of messianic prophecies written by various Old Testament authors at various times and places. The New Testament writers understood how the man Jesus was indeed the Coming One promised in the Old Testament, and they explained it in their writings. Such a consistency over thousands of years is unparalleled in any other book.
After Jesus' death, his disciples who spent three years with him were at the forefront in preaching Jesus but they were all soon overshadowed by another character. This character was not one of the 12 disciples of Jesus. In fact, when Peter and the other disciples were busy preaching the good news about Jesus Christ, this person was not even a Christian! Who is this? Paul!
We first meet Paul (also called Saul) in Acts 8:1. He was then a devout Pharisee – hating Jesus and his followers, and trying his best to arrest any Christian. Paul, without any interaction with the apostles (the leaders of the church, who were at Jerusalem), had a remarkable transformation near Damascus, and himself became a Christian – without any human intervention (read the details in Acts 9:1-30 and Galatians 1:10 to 2:21). Paul then started preaching that Jesus Christ is the risen savior and Lord – to the disbelief of his former companions as well as his former victims. It became evident that Paul would be a greater leader than any of the original disciples of Jesus. He was personally responsible for much of the early spread of true Christianity and has written more of the New Testament in the Bible than any original disciple of Jesus Christ, delivering key teachings about the church, access to God, the role of women and the rapture. Paul reprimanded Peter (Galatians 2:11-14), claimed to get exclusive revelation from God (Ephesians 3:1-3) and said that he was working harder than the others (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Normally, such a late "gatecrasher" would be summarily rejected and opposed. However, the readiness with which the original disciples of Christ accepted Paul and his revelations (Galatians 2:9, 2 Peter 3:15-16) shows that Paul's revelations were coming from God – the disciples were forced to admit that the same God who had appeared to them had also appeared to Paul.Because of this internal consistency, it is logically wrong to accept some parts of the Bible and reject others.
To summarize: the Bible has remarkable internal consistency among a wide variety of authors, and this proves its divine origin.
I'm not a literature major or writer, so I'm not qualified to make such an assessment, but others are:-
"In the whole world it is THE BOOK; All other books are mere leaves, fragments" – Sir Walter Scott
"All the wonders of Greek civilization were not as wonderful as this single book of Psalms" – William Gladstone, (1809-1898), the leading British statesman and four time Prime Minister in the 19th century
"It is the finest bit of literature ever written by the pen of man" – Thomas Carlyle, 19th century Scottish writer, philosopher, and historian.
"I have regularly and attentively read these Holy Scriptures, and am of the opinion that this volume…contains more sublimity and beauty, more pure morality, more important history, and finer strains of poetry and eloquence than can be found in all other books, in whatever age or language they may have been written" – Sir William Jones, one of the most accomplished linguists and Oriental scholars that England has ever produced
"Job and Isaiah could do more to correct the deplorable weakness and carelessness of newspaper English than all other teachers combined" – Arthur Brisbane (a skeptic), one of the best known American newspaper editors of the 20th century.
"As a mere literary monument, the English Version of the Bible remains the noblest example of the English tongue, while its perpetual use made it, from the instant of its appearance, the standard of our language" – J. R. Green, The History of the English People.
"The Bible thoroughly known is a literature of itself - the rarest and the richest in all departments of thought" – James Anthony Froude, English historian, novelist, biographer, and editor, and non-believer in Biblical Christianity."The scriptures in our Authorized Version are art and parcel of English literature...the most majestic thing in our literature...a well of English undefiled" – Professor Quiller Couch, in a lecture at Cambridge University
"If everything else in our language should perish, it would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power" – Macaulay
Here are some Bible trivia:-
Truly, the Bible is the Book of books. Its unique features, in particular, its ability to transform people, show that it is indeed God's Word. Also see:-