How Do I Know the Bible Is True? Lesson Outline
Verses: Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1-2,6
- Fulfilled Prophesies
- In approximately 700 BC Micah named the tiny village of Bethlehem as the birthplace of Messiah (Micah 5:2). The fulfillment of this prophecy in the birth of Christ is one of the most widely known facts in history.
- In 500 BC, Daniel predicted Messiah would begin his ministry 483 years after the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25-26). The decree regarding the restoration of Jerusalem was issued by Persia's King Artaxerxes to the Hebrew priest Ezra in 458 B.C., 483 years later the ministry of Jesus Christ began in Galilee. About four decades later, in 70 A.D. came the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus.
- Historical and Archaeological Accuracy
- Walls of Jericho (largely excavated between 1930-1936)
- Inscription (from 9th century BC) found in 1993 commemorating King David of Israel
- Ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah found southeast of the Dead Sea
- Numerous New Testament documents, inscriptions, etc. including external secular writings from the first century (histories, gov’t records, letters, etc
- External writings from other cultures verifying stories in the Bible. Good example Is the Persian (Iranian) Magi. The visit to see Jesus as a child is found in Persian records and their account is also retold by Marco Polo (related from his travels to Iran in the middle of the 12th century).
- Superhuman Design
- Contains a great deal of coded information (ELS or “Bible codes”, numerical/mathematical patterns (“theomatics”)
- Numerous examples of foreshadowing, typology, double (prophetic) meanings, and predictive stories.
- It’s fruit in people’s lives. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
- It speaks to you today, because it really is the Living Word. A book that’s thousands of years old and still relevant.
- Truth seekers who are given supernatural understanding (Luke 24:44-45). Also, the opposition to the book by people who can’t get it (I Cor 2:14).