- If Jesus was God, what Jesus said would be true because God cannot lie.
- Jesus claimed to be God and proved it by the resurrection.
- Jesus quoted extensively from the Old Testament as God’s Word.
- The New Testament was written by men who believed they were writing scripture (ex., 2 Peter 3:15-16).
- Most of these men died for their beliefs. A deceived person may die for a lie but a lair does not die for their own lie when they could stop or recant and live.
- Therefore, the testimony of the New Testament writers about Jesus is trustworthy. They were writing what God inspired them to – God’s Word.
1. The Quran denies the historical fact of the crucifixion and claims salvation might be obtained by good works outweighing bad works. But once one is guilty of sinning against God, they need forgiveness, for guilt can never be erased with good deeds.
2. The Book of Mormon has no archaeological support and plagiarises the book of Isaiah straight out of the King James Version. Also, their erroneous concept of God is that He is finite. They claim God was once a man like us who came a God. But this leads them to the illogical claim of an infinite regress of finite gods.
3. Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Jewish Messiah in the Old Testament as well as resurrected from the dead. Most Jews have rejected their Messiah just as Isaiah prophesied (Isaiah 53).
Careful research and examination show the Bible to be true.
1. Historically accurate. For example, Dr. Collin Hemer’s research found no errors in the Book of Acts (www.harvardhouse.com/acts-credible.htm)
2. Logical plan of salvation. Goodness never erases guilt and this is why God had to stand in our place, take the punishment we can not take, and offers us a pardon (forgiveness) of our crimes.
3. Archaeological supported (www.bib-arch.org).
4. Coherent concept of God. I personally expect the infinite creator of the universe to be beyond my full comprehension, but not apprehension as with Mormonism.
5. Fulfilled prophecies (www.reasons.org/fulfilled-prophecy-evid…
6. Resurrection (see www.garyhabermas.com).
7. The confirmation of the Holy Spirit.
Of course men wrote the Bible. Who claims any differently! The implication here is that the bible is not from God but just a man-made book. But just because men wrote the bible does not mean God did not have a hand in its authorship. If God can create the Universe, can’t He inspire a select number of people to accurately write down some books for Him?
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, …”
Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
When I read other peoples writings, I do not convict them as being guilty of lying until proven innocent, in part because I don’t want people doing that to me. Therefore, people who also hold to the Golden Rule should extend the same liberty to the bible as they do their own writings.