Is the Bible
The Bible says that "all Scripture is given by inspiration
of God," for "prophecy never came by the will of man,
but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit"
(2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).The claim of the Bible is that it is
the word of the living God, written by human penmen, to the inhabitants
of earth. How can we know that this claim of the Bible is true?
element is essential in order for us to believe the Bible? Heb.
11:3, 6 [Note: Not only the Bible testimony but most of our
learning has been received through faith. As children, our parents
showed us a ball and said, "This is a ball." We learned
because we had faith in their word. Most of us have not been to
Mongolia, but we believe it exists because we have faith in the
authorities who have told us. Many people reject the Bible because
of their belief in evolution, but evolution itself can be believed
only on the basis of faith in someone's interpretation of selected
evidence. The Further-study verse is Heb. 4:2]
is faith? Heb. 11:1 [Ans: Faith is evidence, for it is
founded upon evidence. God does not bypass the human mind. He says,
"Come now, and let us reason together" (Isa. 1:18). God
gives sufficient evidence upon which to honestly base our faith.
But faith is founded upon evidence of things which are not seen
with natural sight. We cannot see the wind, but we can see the evidences
of the wind. Rom. 8:24, 25]
is one evidence that God has given us on which we can base our faith?
Isa. 45:18-21 [Ans: The God of the Bible claims to be the
only God, the Creator of heaven and earth. As evidence, He says
He has foretold current happenings "from ancient times."
2 Peter 1:19]
knowledge does God alone have? Isa. 46:9, 10 [Note: In
the lessons following in this series, we will note prophecies that
foretold accurately events happening thousands of years later. We
will note prophecies of Greece, Rome, and Europe, in some cases
giving the specific dates for certain events. The Bible also describes
the events and conditions of today. John 14:29]
conditions does the Bible predict will prevail in society today?
2 Tim. 3:1-4 [Note: Sin has always existed in society, but
the conditions describe in our text will increase in the last days.
Matt. 24:37-39; Gen. 6:5]
international conditions does the Bible picture for the last days?
Matt. 24:6, 7 [ Rev. 11:18]
7. In the
midst of calamities, violence, and threats of war, for what will
many people be seeking and predicting? 1 Thess. 5:2, 3 [ Rev.
religious conditions will prevail in the last days? 2 Peter 3:3-7a
[Ans. Men and women will scoff at the faith of Christians, denying
the evidences of creation and the flood. They will claim that all
things continue in a uniform process of evolution that cannot be,
and has not been, changed. Luke 18:8; Rom. 1:19-22]
the moral conditions of society are deteriorating, while efforts
to reduce international tensions are preoccupying us, and while
evolution is replacing belief in creation, what will suddenly happen
to earth? 2 Peter 3:10-13 [ Luke 21:34, 35]
can we be preserved from the coming destruction? John 3:16 [
Ps. 91:1, 2, 7-10; 27:1-5; John 6:39, 40]
whom do we receive the gift of faith, which we must have in order
to believe and be saved? Rom. 12:3 [ Heb. 12:2; Mark
9:24; James 1:5, 17]
what process does God develop faith? Rom. 10:14, 17 [
1 Cor. 1:21-24; Matt. 24:14]
only can we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? John 6:44,
45 [Only those who have learned from the Father can believe
on Jesus Christ. As we ask God to teach us, while studying the Bible
and opening our minds to the evidences of His presence, He will
teach us; He will give us faith; and we will be drawn to Christ
as our Savior. John 20:31; Mark 16:17]
invitation does God give to each one of us? Ps. 34:8 [
To be understood, the Bible must be studied from a higher
standpoint than mere human logic. There must also be the element
of conviction from God and an exercise of faith. In His Word, God
has given abundant evidence upon which to base our faith in Him.
We have looked at one evidence-He can foretell the future. The greatest
evidence is the abiding presence of Christ within one's life. God
is fair. He says, "Taste and see" for yourself (Ps. 34:8).
You do not have to rely on another's faith. His promise is that
"You will seek Me and find Me, when you search
for Me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13). Will you give God
a chance to demonstrate His goodness in your life?
LESSONS (Sl-S4): Studies for Further Knowledge
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