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Is The Bible The Word of God

Written By: R. A. Torrey  |  Posted: Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Last night and the night before I gave you seven reasons why I believe the Bible to be the Word of God. The first reason I gave you for believing the Bible to be the Word of God was because of the unequivocal and unmistakable testimony of Jesus Christ to that effect. We saw that Jesus Christ set the stamp of His endorsement upon the entire Old Testament and entire New Testament as the Word of God. Therefore, if we accepted the authority of Jesus Christ, we were logically compelled to accept the entire Old Testament and entire New Testament as the Word of God that it was either Christ and a whole Bible, or else it was no Bible and no Christ. We next saw that if we frankly faced the facts in the case we were compelled to accept the authority of Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ was accredited to us by five unmistakably Divine testimonies. First of all, He was accredited to us by the testimony of the divine life that He lived, for He lived as never man lived. Second, He was accredited to us by the testimony of the divine words that He spoke, for He spoke as never man spoke. Third, He was accredited to us by the testimony of the divine works that He wrought. Fourth, He was accredited to us by the testimony of His divine influence upon all subsequent history. Fifth, He was accredited to us by the testimony of His resurrection from the dead, which is the best proven fact of history and is the Lord God Almighty's stamp of endorsement upon Jesus Christ's claims. Therefore we were compelled to accept the authority of Jesus Christ, and consequently were compelled to accept the entire Old Testament and entire New Testament as the Word of God.

The second reason that I gave you for believing the Bible to be the Word of God was because of the unity of the Book. We saw that the Bible was composed of sixty-six separate portions, or books, thirty-nine in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New. We saw that the sixty-six books were written by at least forty different human authors, that the period of their composition extended over at least fifteen hundred years, and that they were written in three different languages: Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. We saw that these sixty-six books were written by men upon every plane of social and political life, from the king upon his throne down to the shepherd, the herdsman, the fisherman, and the petty politician. We saw that these sixty-six books display every known form of literary structure. In the Bible we have not only prose and poetry, but also every known form of prose and every known form of poetry. Yet we saw that in spite of the marvelously composite character of this Book it was the most intensely unified one of any book known in literature. And we saw that the only rational way of accounting for this astonishing fact was that back of the forty or more human authors was the one all-superintending, all-controlling, all-governing, all-molding mind of God.

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