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What qualifies the Bible,

 among all the holy books

of the world's religions,

to claim that it alone, is

inspired by the one, true,

God of heaven? 

What qualifies the Bible to

declare that all the other holy books of the world are written by wannabe

pretenders to godhood?

When Jehovah, in His first

commandment, says, thou

shalt have no other gods

before me, why is He so

insistent that He is the

only God worth knowing

and serving? 

One of the signs that the

Bible may be trusted as the

 true inspired

communication of the

true God to man is its high

and perfect moral tone. In

 all the thousands of

 words written in the

scriptures of other

religions of the world,

 there does not exist

anything anywhere

resembling the Ten

Commandments. Other

religions are mindful of

sin, as a vague, undefined,

concept, and invent

elaborate, meaningless

rituals that they hope

will appease whatever god

they are trying to satisfy.

 The God Jehovah is very

 specific. Leviticus 10;10. Put

 the difference between

the holy and the unholy.

Genesis 17;1. I am the Lord

your God. Walk before Me

and be perfect. Thou shalt

 not. Thou shalt not. Thou

shalt not. These very

specific thou shalt nots

have burned into the

hearts of men, and shined

the light of God's

requirements into our

souls.  And we don't like it. 

That is why people get so

 irritated at the Bible, so

upset when any one wants

to read it out loud.  The

power of its words hurt.

John 1:1.  In the beginning

was the Word, and the

Word was with God and the

Word was God.  Jesus, the

Word in the flesh, is the

express image of the

person of God.

A word is a thought. An

idea. A communication. 

 Jesus is the embodied

Word.  The embodied

communication of God to

men.  The written word is a

 thought, an idea, a

communication. The words,

 the thoughts, the ideas,

that God communicated to

the minds of the prophets,

 and told them to write

down, this is also the Word

 of God. Did the true, real,

 genuine creator God

actually write a book to

communicate His

thoughts, His ideas, to His

 creation? That could be

risky.  How does the Lord

of heaven communicate His

 perfect, eternal

thoughts, from their

safety of heaven, and let

those perfect thoughts be

received into the

imperfect minds of

imperfect men, and let

 them be written down in

imperfect human language

on imperfect and perishing

materials, and yet keep

those words still

empowered with their

 perfect, heavenly,

meanings?  Thousands of

 years ago, the world was

full of religious

savagery.  Every ethnic

group worshipped its own

gods of stone, and

practiced brutal rituals,

more often than not

involving human sacrifice,

 to appease these savage,

bloodthirsty gods. The

entire civilization of

mankind was a world of

slavery, bondage,

superstition, lostness of

soul, mental and spiritual

darkness and despair.  Into

 that dark world came one

 man who could hear the

voice of Jehovah, as it

whispered in his mind and

 exploded in his soul.

  Jehovah put this one man

thru a searing test of

faithfulness.  He changed

this man's name, led him

away from his family into

 a new land, with an

eternal destiny to

fulfill. 

He made a covenant- a

solemn agreement, to give

certain eternal blessings 

 to Abraham's descendants,

 and made those

descendants a great

nation.  That great nation

had its beginning by

spending 400 years in

slavery to another

nation.  Then, in the

fullness of time, Moses was

 drawn out of the water,

grew up in Pharaoh’s

 house, and was driven into

the wilderness. 

Then one day, on the side of the mountain, he saw a bush on fire.  The bush did not consume in the fire, because this was not a normal fire.  This was the fire of the presence of Jehovah.  When

Moses came near, he heard the voice of God.  That voice spoke softly in his mind, and exploded like thunder in his soul.  It was a kind, loving voice.  It was full of authority. There was no mistaking this voice for anyone else's voice.   Moses spent 40 days alone on the side of this mountain, listening to this beautiful voice.  When the voice of God speaks into the mind of man, it is called the spirit of prophecy.  The spirit of prophecy spoke continually to Moses.  It told him of the creation of the world, the moral nature of God, the nature of sin, and the promised Redeemer.  The Lord gave Moses a code of law that has never been matched for its justice and righteousness. 

He gave Moses a code of health and cleanliness and dietary laws that still stand true in their scientific accuracy.  

Moses wrote the entire first five books of the Bible, called the Pentateuch.  Many scriptural historians name him as the author of the Book of Job.   Exodus 19:18, Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The whole mount quaked greatly.  Exodus 20;21. 

The Lord said to Moses, thus you shall say to the children of Israel.   You have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. 

Jehovah literally entered into the history of the human race, by founding a nation of people, whose government and religion, would be founded on the law of Almighty God Himself.  The words that God gave to Moses were not aimless ramblings, obscure statements, confusing directions, on how to read the stars, make tables shake, summon spirit guides, or read omens about the future in a bird's entrails.  

These words were very specific. 

The people were expected to learn the difference between right and wrong, between good and evil. Between holy and profane.

Exodus 24:12. The Lord said to Moses, come up to me into the mount, and be there, and I will give you tables of stone, and a law and commandments that I have written, That you may teach them.   Exodus 31:18.  He gave to Moses two tables of testimony, written with the finger of God.  Here is the beginning of God giving words to be written down and taught to the people.  Deuteronomy 30:10. 

The Lord said, you shall listen to the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes, which are written in this book of the Law.  Turn to the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul.  Verses 11 & 12, this commandment is not hidden from you.  The Word is very near you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it. 

I have set before you this day, life and good and death and evil. blessing and cursing.  Choose life.   That you and your children may live.  Love the Lord your God, and obey His voice, for He is your life.  Joshua 24:15. 

Choose you this day whom you will serve.  Deuteronomy 6:9. 

These words which I command thee this day, shall be in your heart, and you shall teach them diligently to your children.  And shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.  The Lord says this applies to the government as well.  Deuteronomy 17. 

When the ruler sits upon the throne of his kingdom, he shall write him a copy of this law, and he shall read therein all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law, to do them.

A few years after the parting of the red sea, Joshua was winning victory after victory, on the way to the promised land.  He sent his spies to check out jericho, and the spies were taken care of by Rahab, a notorious prostitute who lived on the top of the wide wall that circled the city.  Joshua 2:9. 

Rahab told the two spies, I know that the Lord has given you the land.   Your terror has fallen upon us and all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.  For we have heard how the Lord dried up the waters of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt.  The word of this miracle was well known throughout the countries surrounding, despite the absence of a CNN satelite crew. 

The founding of this nation, under God's Law and Word, was not done secretly.  The rest of the world saw it happen. 

The high perfect moral tone of the Law of God was beyond the ability of the human mind to even think up on its own.   We see that even in this generation. 

This generation has thrown off belief in, or recognition of,  the true God of heaven, and His moral law.  And civilization has plunged into a moral swamp, where it is demanded that every kind of rotten behavior be accepted as a civil right.  Any attempt to declare forth the moral law of God as the rule to be obeyed, is greeted with ridicule and anger.  The very presence of the Law of God makes men angry.  That in itself is proof that the imagination of man could not possibly have invented it on its own. 

The Law of God we get in the Bible is of supernatural source. 

From these beginnings, the Jewish nation became the guardians of the written Word of God.  When the Lord would annoint a prophet, and his declarations of thus saith the Lord were recognized as true and genuine, the same voice that spoke forth the Ten Commandments, these words were written down and kept sacred. 

This collection came to be known as the Law and the Prophets.  The Holy Scriptures.  It was also referred to as the canon.  The word canon means ruler.  A measuring stick by  which all things pertaining to the communication of God to man were ever to be measured. 

The time came for God to fulfill all the promises He had told his prophets to write down.  The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory. The glory of the only begotten Son of God.  The Incarnate Word.  He announced Himself to be the fulfillment of everything that had been written.  He opened up the depths of the true meaning of the commandments, telling us that it wasn't enough to just go thru the motions of keeping them, but it was required that the power of the commandment should get inside of our souls.  The human mind, that resented the existence of the commandment in the first place, would never have thought that part up.  That only made things harder for us. 

We saw then that the law of God was so high and perfect that we could never hope to begin to keep it in our own strength.  That's when He taught us about forgiveness, and the new birth, and the promise that God would live in us by the Holy Spirit, if we would allow Him to. 

After He ascended into heaven, He inspired men to write down the story of his life, death and resurrection.  He spoke to the minds of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Paul, James, John, and Jude, to give us detailed instructions on  how to live, and also, prophesies telling of the final judgment.   These New Testament writings were given by the same voice of the same God who first spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai.  The prophets of the New Testament wrote down what the spirit told them to write down. 

All the writings of the New Testament were completed in the first fifty years after the resurrection, except for the Book of Revelation. 

In 90 AD, Jesus appeared to John on Patmos, and gave John the same commandment Moses had received in the beginning on Mount Sinai.  God said, write down what I tell you. Then tell it to the people.  How do we know it’s the Bible?   How do we know it’s the true words from the true God?  The difference between right and wrong, the standard of moral behavior, given by Jehovah, is the highest and purest ever known to man, and man himself could not and would not ever have thought it up.  This word of God was given in connection with the founding of the Jewish nation.  Which involved supernatural interventions by God witnessed by the people in the surrounding countries.  There are thousands and thousands of prophesies in the Bible.  Concerning Christ.  Concerning events of history.  They have all come true.  The more we learn of archaeological discoveries, the more we learn about the ancient places and people that the Bible says existed, but that mockers and unbelievers say did not exist. 

All of the health and dietary laws in the Bible have scientific validity. 

The Bible speaks on every conceivable subject of interest to the moral and spiritual and social behavior of men, and gives a high and holy standard to follow. 

When the reader believes the words of the Bible, and receives them into his soul, it brings about a profound change, from dark to light, from despair to rejoicing, from lostness to forgiveness.  Psalm 119:130.  The entrance of Thy Word brings light.  Psalm 119:105.  Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my pathway.  Hebrews 4:1. 

The word of God is alive and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting apart the soul and spirit, understanding the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Jeremiah 23:29. 

God's Word is a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces. 

The power of this written word, shines a light into the human soul that reveals the identity of Almighty God and His righteousness.  Just the kind of moral and spiritual attributes you would want any God to have. 

Yet down thru the centuries men who have hated God, have known just what holy book to direct their hatred toward.  No other book in history has been so maligned, criticized, denounced, banned, burned, and hated.  The words of this book have a supernatural power to produce a raging hatred in the hearts of men who do not want to believe it and practice it.  No other book on the face of the earth, has the power to rip men's hearts open, let them see clearly their own sins, and yet at the same instant, let them see the glorious redemption from those sins, to those willing to receive.  The power of the words of this book have always touched the hearts of men in a supernatural way. 

This is the main reason we know that it is the one authentic book written to mankind by the mind and heart of the one, true, authentic God.   Its words are full of the supernatural power of the God who spoke them.+

 

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