Can you prove the inspiration of the Bible?
“in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15)
In the post-modern times we live, Christianity’s claim to objective reality and morality are having to be defended more and more. Of course, these claims are based upon the teachings of the Bible. Christianity asserts that the Bible contains the words of God uniquely and thus Christians give supreme authority to the Bible to determine how we see the world and how we ought to live in it. People who are not yet Christians do not accept the Bible as God’s word nor do they view it as an authority.
Therefore when we talk to others about these matters a common roadblock to the conversation usually arises when we say things like, “I know ____________ because it says so in the Bible.” Perhaps without knowing it, we find ourselves appealing to an authority that they do not accept thus making it very difficult for them to follow our logic to its conclusion. This begs the question, “is there a way (or an apologetic) to show someone that the Bible is the inspired Word of God who doesn’t already believe it?”
What follows below is a point by point outline that can be used to sufficiently show someone that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and as such, should be believed and obeyed.
Thesis: The authority of the Bible rests in the authority of Jesus Christ.
1. The historicity of Jesus Christ
a. Gospels are historical records given by eye-witnesses
b. Gospels are from the time of Jesus
c. Gospels have a record of a man named Jesus of Nazareth
d. Gospels are historically reliable
e. Therefore, there was a historical person named Jesus of Nazareth
Conclusion: Jesus was a real historical person
2. Jesus performed miracles
a. The possibility of the miraculous
b. Miracles cannot be absolutely proven to be
3. Jesus is an authoritative messenger
a. The Gospels record Jesus performing many miracles
b. No creature has power over the creation native (intrinsic) to himself
c. Power must be given by God (creator of nature) to a creature to perform a miracle
d. Therefore, if a creature performs a miracle, God must be with him
e. “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.’” (John 3:2)
f. The performance of miracles led Nicodemus to rightly believe that Jesus was a teacher sent from God.
Conclusion: Jesus was an authorized authoritative messenger from God
4. Jesus taught that the Bible is the Word of God
a. As an authoritative messenger Jesus taught that the Bible is the Word of God
b. If this is true, then the Bible is the Word of God.
Jesus Christ was an authorized authoritative messenger from God confirmed by the working of many miracles recorded in historically reliable documents called the four gospels. Jesus himself taught that the Bible was the Word of God. Therefore if part of the message of an authoritative messenger is that the Word of God is the Word of God, then it is to be embraced, believed and obeyed as such.