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Is There Anything Left You Can Trust?
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Posted on September 21, 2014

Lesson 1

In these morally challenged times - when billions are embezzled through corporate fraud when trusted, spiritual leaders prove false when lying in politics seems to be the norm when those you depend on the most often hurt you the deepest - is there anything left you can trust? Yes! You can fully trust the Bible! Why? Just take a look at the evidence...
The
The Bible is not a collection of men\'s ideas. Its writers were guided by the Holy Ghost.

1. What does the Bible claim about itself?

The Bible says, All scripture is given by inspiration of God. 2 Timothy 3:16. Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21. The scripture cannot be broken. John 10:35.

Answer:   It claims to be inspired. It was written by men who were guided by the Holy Ghost. It cannot be broken or proved untrue.

Jesus
Jesus quoted the Bible and stated that it was true.

2. How did Jesus demonstrate His confidence and belief in Scripture?

Jesus said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone. It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:4710. Thy word is truth. John 17:17.

Answer:   Jesus quoted Scripture when meeting the temptations of Satan. He also stated that the Bible is truth John 17:17. Jesus often quoted Scripture as authority for the truth He was teaching.

Before
Before Cyrus was born, God\'s Bible prophet named him as the general who would overthrow Babylon.

3. Do Bible prophecies confirm inspiration?

The Bible says, I am the Lord . . . new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Isaiah 42:89. I am God . . . Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done. Isaiah 46:910.

Answer:   Bible predictions of things to happen in the future confirm the inspiration of Scripture as they come to pass. Notice the following examples of fulfilled Bible prophecies:

  1. Four world empires to arise: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome Daniel chapters 2, 7, 8.

  2. Cyrus to be the warrior to capture Babylon Isaiah 45:1-3.

  3. After Babylon\'s destruction, it would never be inhabited again Isaiah 13:192Jeremiah 51:37.

  4. Egypt would never again have a commanding position among the nations Ezekiel 29:1415 30:1213.

  5. Earth-shaking calamities and fear toward the end of time Luke 21:2526.

  6. Moral degeneracy and decline of spirituality in the last days 2 Timothy 3:1-5.


4. Can we expect scientific statements made in the Bible to be accurate?

The Bible says, Thy word is true from the beginning. Psalms 119:160. The Spirit . . . will guide you into all truth. John 16:13.

Answer:   Yes, the Bible is true. The Holy Spirit, who guided the Bible writers, always speaks the truth. Here are a few Bible statements that have been confirmed by science: 

  1. He . . . hangeth the earth upon nothing. Job 26:7. This scientific fact is from Job, the Bible\'s oldest book.

  2. He . . . sitteth upon the circle of the earth. Isaiah 40:22. The Bible said the earth is round centuries before man found out.

  3. To make the weight for the winds. Job 28:25. Long before scientists knew, God said air has weight.

  4. By Him [Jesus] all things consist. Colossians 1:17. The word consist here literally means hold together or cohere. Many Bible translations put it hold together. This is the answer to the nuclear physicists\' worrisome question about the atom. The real mystery of the atom does not involve its benumbing mega-power, but rather, Why doesn\'t the atom fly apart? Scientific knowledge says it should, but it doesn\'t. Some scientists are wondering what puzzling power, completely unknown to them, is holding it together. The Bible says that mysterious power is the Creator, God Himself.

Many
Many diseases would not exist if God\'s ancient laws regarding morality were obeyed.

5. Are biblical health principles tuned to the twenty-first century mind?

Answer:   

  1. Cover body waste with dirt Deuteronomy 23:1213.
    The Bible provision of Moses\' day that body waste should be buried was 3,500 years ahead of its time and saved countless thousands of Jewish lives. Major problems still arise when sanitation is not properly handled.

  2. Neither let us commit fornication. 1 Corinthians 10:8.
    The word fornication denotes all kinds of immoral sexual conduct. There would be no AIDS epidemic if this up-to-date Bible counsel were obeyed, nor would abortion be the international scandal that it now is.

  3. Leave alcoholic beverages alone Proverbs 23:29-32.
    If this extremely effective Bible solution were implemented, just think what it would mean:

    1. Millions of alcoholics becoming sober, respectable citizens.

    2. Millions of families reunited.

    3. Millions of broken homes mended.

    4. Multiplied thousands of lives saved by sober driving.

    5. Thousands of government, business, and professional leaders making clear-minded decisions.

    6. Billions of dollars available for humanitarian use.

The
The use of alcohol has brought untold woe to many people.
Note:   God not only tells us how to succeed with joy amid today\'s harrowing problems, but He also gives us the miraculous power to do it 1 Corinthians 15:57 Philippians 4:13 Romans 1:16. Bible health principles are relevant and desperately needed, but few are listening. For more on health, see Study Guide 13.

Ancient
Ancient artifacts unearthed by archaeologists repeatedly confirm the accuracy and truth of the Bible.

6. Are the historical statements of the Bible accurate?

The Bible says, I the Lord speak the truth, I declare what is right. Isaiah 45:19, RSV.*

Answer:   Yes, Bible historical statements are accurate. What God says in His book is true. Sometimes, temporarily, evidence may not be found to substantiate certain historical facts from the Bible, but in time the evidence surfaces. Note the following:

  1. For years skeptics said the Bible was unreliable because it mentions the Hittite nation Deuteronomy 7:1and cities like Nineveh Jonah 1:12 and Sodom Genesis 19:1, which they denied ever existed. But now modern archaeology has confirmed that all three did, indeed, exist.

  2. Critics also said that Bible-mentioned kings Belshazzar Daniel 5:1 and Sargon Isaiah 20:1 never existed. Once again, it has now been confirmed they did exist.

  3. Skeptics also said the Bible record of Moses was not reliable because it mentions writing Exodus 24:4 and wheeled vehiclesExodus 14:25, neither of which they said existed at the time. They, of course, know better today.

  4. At one time the 39 kings of ancient Israel and Judah who reigned during the divided kingdom were authenticated only from the Bible record, so critics charged fabrication. But then archaeologists found cuneiform records that mentioned many of these kings and, once again, the Bible record was proved accurate. Critics have repeatedly been proved wrong as new discoveries confirm biblical people, places, and events. It will always be so.
*The Revised Standard Version of the Bible C 1946, 1952, 1971 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission.

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7. One of the greatest miracles of the Bible is its unity. Please ponder the following amazing facts:

Answer:   
A. The 66 books of the Bible were written:

  1. On three continents.

  2. In three languages.

  3. By about 40 different people kings, shepherds, scientists, attorneys, an army general, fishermen, priests, and a physician.

  4. Over a period of about 1,500 years.

  5. On the most controversial subjects.

  6. By people who, in most cases, had never met.

  7. By authors whose education and background varied greatly.

B. Yet, though it seems totally inconceivable,
  1. The 66 books maintain harmony with each other.

  2. Often new concepts on a subject are expressed, but these concepts do not undermine what other Bible writers say on the same subject.

C. Talk about astounding!

Ask people who have viewed an identical event to each give a report of what happened. They will differ widely and will virtually always contradict each other in some way. Yet the Bible, penned by 40 writers over a 1,500-year period, reads as if written by one great mind. And, indeed, it was: Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21. The Holy Ghost moved them all. He is the real Bible Author. The four Gospels do sometimes differ in the way they report the same event, but they complement each other.

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