When considering the uniqueness of the Bible, a good place to start is the Bible's sixty-six books. They were written by more than 40 authors, over a time period of more than 1,500 years, yet, the Bible has an amazing harmony of message throughout.
And the message that is woven throughout every book is: the restoration of sinful mankind's relationship to the Holy God.
The Bible is full of prophecies about people and nations which have come true. No other book has withstood so many concerted efforts to burn and ban as the Bible has, yet, it still remains a best seller. The message of the Bible has totally changed peoples lives for the good. What many people don't realize is that the New Testament, contains eyewitness accounts of the ministry of Jesus Christ, and that most of the authors who recorded these events, died because, of up-holding what they believed was the truth.
Even though the Bible was written by 40 authors over 1,600 years, it
contains one over-arching theme: the re-establishment of relationship between
mankind and their completely righteous Creator.
Peter the Apostle, explained that God's Spirit guided the Bible's continuity of theme. 2 Peter 1:20-21.
Something to Ponder:
What would the result be today, if you took 40 unrelated authors and had them write on one subject remotely from each other, with no particular marching orders? Do you think it would all fit together?
The Bible is well supported by early manuscript evidence, you can even take a look at the Dead Sea scroll of Isaiah dated to 100 B.C. (the latest carbon date,) on-line. On-going archaeological discoveries support the truthfulness of the Bible as a source of historical information. The places in the Bible were real places, and the events and actions of the people, including their unbelief, foibles, and mistakes, are all told. Uniquely, no attempt is made to whitewash the sins and failures of King David, Abraham and other "heroes of the faith." These are just a few of the things that separate the Bible from other "holy books."
One would expect that a book telling about God would be a unique book, and the Bible is certainly unique.
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One of the evidences that God exists, is because of His
ability to tell us the future, before it happens.
Isaiah 46:8-10 and Isaiah 48:3.
The main purpose of prophecy is to validate that the author, (God,) resides outside of time and knew these things prior to them occurring on our time-line.
God takes what He says in His Word, the Bible seriously King David wrote that God's Word is greater than His reputation. Psalms 138:2
God warns that there are people, false prophets, that say they are speaking for God, but are not. Jeremiah 14:13-14
Because of false prophets, there is a test which is quite simple; the
so-called prophet must be 100% accurate every time. Deuteronomy 18:20-22
We are not to listen to, or be afraid of a false prophet.
Not just a few vague predictions, but hundreds of specific prophesies about people, nations and events.
Brian Mistele, in his blog entry titled: The Bible's Most Amazing Prophecies, well stated the uniqueness of prophecy in the Bible. "Prophecy is what makes the Bible unique among other religious works such as the writings of Muhammad, Buddha, Confucius or the Book of Mormon. Indeed, thousands of years ago, the God of the Bible made a bold challenge to all other religions and prophets to use prophecy as the test by which to measure all other religions (Isaiah 41:22-23). So far, there has been no credible response to God's challenge for a religion to put its reputation on the line by accurately predicting the future."
Read what the prophet Isaiah wrote in the 8th century BC. in Isaiah 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53:1-12, and then Psalms 22, written in about 1,000 BC. Then ask yourself, who is Isaiah and the writer of Psalms talking about? Hint, read the Gospel of John.Please bear in mind that the scriptures from the Old Testament, were made several hundreds of years before they were fulfilled. For example, the prophet Isaiah wrote in the 8th Century BC., and David, the writer of Psalms lived during the 9th Century BC.
There are hundreds of prophesies in the Bible about Jesus - here are just some of them and this is something that you can verify yourself. Just look at the scripture on the left that made the prediction then, look at the fulfillment of the prediction on the right.
Click "expand" to see 29 more specific prophecies about Jesus
I hope dear reader that you are really understanding and grasping the significance of these listed prophecies. These prophecies, are really what sets the Bible apart from all the other "holy" books.
Jesus had prophecies telling about Him and what He would accomplish, hundreds of years before He was born. Mohammed, Buddha and Joseph Smith, and all the other so called "holy" men, did not.
Is the Bible your guide for life?
If so, why do you trust it?
Perhaps you are thinking?
Oh, I think that all these "supposed prophecies"
were written after Jesus was long gone.
Nice try, but in the late 2nd century B.C. The Hebrew scriptures which contained the prophecies were translated from Hebrew to Greek called the Septuagint.
Also, the Dead Sea Scrolls which have been dated to the 2nd century B.C (at the earliest) contain the prophecies about Jesus.
Prophecies in the Bible are not just about the Messiah, there are specific prophecies about people and nations that are fulfilled by the historical records.
QUESTION: How Many Nations in History have been re-established?
Just one, Israel. The uniqueness of this event happening cannot be understated. Never in the history of the world has a nation been restored like Israel has. From utter desolation to amazing productivity, just as the Bible predicted.
In this section about Biblical prophesy, I have listed just some of the
hundreds of predictions that are contained in the scriptures. Hopefully, these
prophecies (that you can check out for yourself),
will help you catch a glimpse of the Bible's supernatural character.
Have you ever seriously considered that the Bible could be God's instructions to us?
In this section, we considered the amazing continuity
of message in the Bible despite having 40 authors who wrote over thousands of
We also looked briefly at what prophecies are, and looked at many specific prophecies that you could verify yourself.
In the next section, we look at the Jews, the unique people of the Bible that protected and maintained God's remarkable story of redemption.