Toward the end of his book, Civilization, the historian Niall Ferguson quotes a member of the Chinese academy of social sciences, part of a team tasked with the challenge of discovering why it was that Europe, having lagged behind China until the 17th century, overtook it, rising to prominence.
At first, he said, we thought it was your guns. You had better guns than we did. Then we delved deeper and thought it was your political system. Then we searched deeper still and concluded it was your economic system. But for the past 20 years we have realized that it was in fact your religion, Christianity. It was the Christian foundation of social and cultural life in Europe that made possible the emergence of capitalism, and then of democratic politics.
The Bible predicts its own influence. Those who follow it, both individuals and nations, will be blessed (Psalm 19:9-11, Psalm 33:12, Psalm 119, etc), whereas those who reject the true God of the Bible will decay as a natural consequence (Romans 1:21-31). The Bible proves itself to be God's word by being the greatest influence for good in our world. Let's do a survey. Since this involves looking at history and drawing conclusions, some clarifications are needed.
The following are some of the areas in which the Bible has influenced the world.
Technology: How, when and why did the transition from muscle to machine take place?
Rationality: Critical thinking is the engine of human activity today. In ancient times, it was brute force. The Bible is responsible for this change.
Science: Why was modern science birthed in Europe, about 1500 AD?
Language:In ancient times, there were a few well-developed, classical languages spoken by the elites, and a mess of dialects spoken by the vast majority. Today, there are hundreds of well developed languages, and most governments function using the language of the common people. How did this drastic change come about?
Literature: What has been the greatest source of inspiration for literature that has been cherished?
Humanity: When US President George Bush invaded Iraq in 2001, there was a storm of protest - that it was unfair or unethical. No one protested when Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan invaded Asia centuries earlier. Today, we have a Noble Prize for peace. In ancient times, prizes for fighting prowess were the norm. What has brought about this great change?
Social Reform: Just as the Bible enabled people to realize the worth of man, it spurred its readers to press for reform in the way humans are treated.
Education: What do Oxford, Cambridge, The University of Paris, Harvard, Yale and Princeton have in common? Answer: They were founded to teach the Bible to future church leaders. In fact, the word University was coined because the pioneers of modern education believed that the Biblical worldview provides a unifying fulcrum for all fields of knowledge. The Bible's influence on education reflects a truth that was the basis for the start of modern education: you need a basic education so that you can read the Bible and you need an advanced education to help you teach the Bible!
Art: Most people enjoy art without stopping to think: Why do only humans do art? (Chimps can do a little math, but they don't bother with art) What makes human feelings and sensory experience worth celebrating?
"How clearly is it proved by this that the praise of a civilized world is justly due to Christianity;—war, by the influence of the humane principles of that religion, has been stripped of half its horrors. The French renounce Christianity, and they relapse into barbarism;—war resumes the same hideous and savage form which it wore in the ages of Gothic and Roman violence." – The War In Europe - Alexander Hamilton (founding father of the USA), The Works of Alexander Hamilton, (Federal Edition) (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904)., vol. 6 
"The Authorized Version of the Bible has set a seal on our natural style, thinking, and speaking...it is in everything we see, hear and feel, because it is in us, in our blood" – Professor Quiller Couch, in a lecture at Cambridge University
"It cannot be denied that the Authorized Version/ King James Version is the very matrix from which has come a civilization blessed with more abundance, more individual freedom to worship, more intellectual development..." – Dr. Burnett Magruder
"It is Protestantism which, by God's help, has been the cause of England's prosperity, and that of all other Protestant countries. While Roman Catholic countries, which acknowledge Papal Supremacy, are everywhere going down in the scale of nations, Protestant countries are everywhere growing in prosperity, and extending their borders on every hand. The Protestant nations are at the head of the world, in everything which make[s] nations truly great and glorious. We have therefore no reason to be ashamed of the word Protestantism...When we contrast Popish countries with Protestant lands, can we doubt any longer which religious most promotes National Prosperity?...Protestantism and National Prosperity go together, like Siamese Twins." The Secret History of the Oxford Movement, Walter Walsh (English historian), (Longdon: Swan Sonnenschein and Co., 1899) pp. 221, 254 [as quoted in Con Con, Phelps, 2008, pp. 428-429])
When Thomas Paine showed Benjamin Franklin the manuscript of The Age of Reason, Franklin advised him not to publish it, saying, "The world is bad enough with the Bible; what would it be without it?". With such a tremendous contribution to our world, the Bible certainly vindicates its claim to being God's Word. Surely the influence of the Bible makes it a "must read" book!