God Questions 2 - Is the Bible True?

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12 May, 2024Rev Ken GrahamGod Questions

Proverbs 30:5-6

Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

 

The Bible claims to be Flawless.

 “Flawless” = Without Imperfection, Blemish or Defect.

 

1.   Where the Bible came from:

      Every book of the Bible was written by a Prophet, an Apostle, or someone with a Direct Link to one.

     …built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets… Ephesians 2:20

2.    How the Bible is Unique:

     A.   In Its Composition.

          1.   It was written over 1600 years.

          2.   By 40+ authors.

          3.   With different Backgrounds.

          4.   In 3 different languages, from 3 different continents.

          5.   With Unmistakable Continuity and Agreement from cover to cover.

      B.  In Its Circulation.

          It’s the single most Published book in the history of the world.

      C.   In Its Translation.

          It’s the single most Widely Translated book in the world.

      D.  In Its Durability.

             1.  It has survived Bans, Burnings, Ridicule, and Criticism.

  2.   Emperors and Kings have tried to eradicate it.

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Psalm 19:1-2

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

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