The starting point for any belief system should be its authority. Who established it and how do we know we can trust them? If we believe the Bible, we are accepting the authority of Almighty God. He declares that He created the universe, and that He has a plan for the earth.
As Isaiah the prophet says, “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord, and there is no other.”
But can we trust the Bible? Here are a few reasons to believe that the Bible is the word of God.
- Prophecy - Take some time out and read the first few chapters of the book of Daniel to get a good idea that God has an unfolding plan.
- Internal consistency – The Bible was written over a period of 1600 years, by more than 40 different people in places as far apart as Babylon and Rome and in three different languages but it contains one harmonious message - God wants to save us.
- Ahead of its time - Instructions in the Law of Moses around hygiene, the earth being a globe and the description of the water cycle are just a few examples of the Bible being way ahead of contemporary science.
Jesus Christ made it very clear that he is the only way to God.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
He explained to his followers that many would fail to find the way to eternal life. He says there are two ways, one that leads to destruction and one that leads to life. Jesus challenges us to find him and his Father, to grasp hold of the Bible promise of life forever in the kingdom of God.
Faith in God is like no other. It is based on evidence, built on a true authority and with a confident hope for the future.