Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where are we going?
For centuries, people have been trying to answer these questions. For some there is no plan, purpose, or future. This life is all there is, and when you’re dead, you’re dead. In the minds of these people, everything about us “just happened.” The sun, moons, planets, and billions of galaxies, with myriads of stars all just happened. Reference: Charles Darwin. Robert Ingersoll. Madeleine O’Hare.
Personally, when I think about the complexity of life, i.e., the six trillion cells in our own bodies, the structure of DNA, how our eye “sees,” how our ear “hears,” I find any chance theory much harder to believe than to believe in an Almighty Creator and Designer.
Going a step further, some people believe we are all puppets on the string of a great Superpower’s all controlling will. He has pre-determined our destiny, and nothing we do can change it.
Some people believe we are here solely for the good we can do to others. We are here to love and serve one another, to relieve suffering and promote goodwill, that this is the supreme good in life.
Others believe in an endless round of existence, where life is constantly moving from one form to another. Still others believe in worshiping images they shape with their own hands, from clay or wood or stone.
What shall we believe? One idea is as valid as another—or is it? When we look at the evidence, we discover only one source of reliable information: the Bible.
Is the Bible just another book by human authors? Or is it truly knowledge revealed by our Creator? Let’s look at the evidence…
- Evidence from extra-biblical sources
Secular historians record events/people/places mentioned in the Bible
- Scientific evidence
Example: Isaiah quoting the Creator, said the earth is round (Isa. 40:22) —written 1000 years before science confirmed it.
Example: God’s law to Israel mandated quarantine to avoid spread of disease (like leprosy)—written 1500 years before modern science confirmed it.
Example: God’s law to Israel mandated washing in running water for best body cleansing—more than 2000 years ago
- Archeological evidence
Visible ruins of cities mentioned in the Bible
Archeological digs uncover evidence that confirms the BibleBecause the culture today is largely prejudiced against the Bible, many archeological findings are being denied fair review or are totally disallowed. Nevertheless, there is a vast amount of archeological evidence confirming Bible facts, people, places and events.
- Unity of its teachings
- Testimony of its writers
- Eyewitness accounts
- Agreement of multiple copies of manuscripts of Bible texts
- Nature of Bible’s message
- Fulfillment of prophecies
The Bible predicted events days, years and centuries in advance; prophecies fulfilled in detail (see chart, “Short-term Prophecies Fulfilled”)The Old Testament alone contains over 200 prophecies fulfilled in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and over 2000 other prophecies fulfilled
Its Miraculous Preservation