It is legitimate, though, to ask: How can we know the Bible is divinely inspired? The Bible declares that it is the Word of god, His communication to humanity, so He certainly would give us evidence that it truly is His Word. The fulfilled prophecies, the amazing consistency, and the many scientific statements of the Bible provide evidence that it is supernatural origin. We will look at some examples, and then we'll consider what it is gives even more credibility to the reality of God and the inspiration of the Scriptures. Unlike other books, the Bible offers a multitude of specific predictions, some thousands of years in advance, that either have been literally fulfilled or point to a define future time when they will come true. No other religion has specific, repeated, and unfailing fulfillment of predictions many years in advance of events over which the predictor had no control.
The sacred writings of Buddhism, Islam, Confucius, and so on are all missing the element of proven prophecy. These kinds of predictions are unique to the Bible. Only one who is omniscient can accurately predict details of events thousands of years in the future. Limited human beings know that the Scriptures have a divine Author: "For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from the ancient times things that are not yet done." Isaiah 46:9,10. In addition, the Bible declares that prophets must be one hundred percent accurate, no exceptions. If anyone claimed to be speaking for God and prophesied event didn't come to pass, he was proven to be a lair. The writings of Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses are littered with false prophecies, so we know can whether they are written by men or by God.
The Bible's sixty-six books, written between 1400 B.C. and A.D. 90, contain approximately 3,856 verses concerned with prophesy. For example, the Scriptures predicted the rise and fall of great empires like Greece an Rome in Daniel 2:39-40, and foretold the destruction of cities like Tyre and Sidon in Isaiah 23. Tyre's demise is recorded by ancient historians, who tell how Alexander the Great lay siege to the city for seven months. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had failed a thirteen-year attempt to capture the seacoast city and completely destroy its inhabitants. During the siege of 573 B.C., much of the population of Tyre moved to its new island home half a mile from the land city. Here it remained surrounded by walls as high as one-hundred-fifty feet until judgment fell in 332 B.C. with the arrival of Alexander the Great. In the seven-month siege, he fulfilled the remainder of the prophecies in Zechariah 9:4 and Ezekiel 26:12 concerning the city at sea by destroying Tyre, killing eight-thousand of its inhabitants and selling thirty-thousand of its population into slavery. To reach island, he scraped up the dust and rubble of the old land city of Tyre, just as the Bible predicted, and cast them into the sea, building a two-hundred-foot-wide causeway out to the island.
Following are a few examples of incredible scientific facts that were written in the Bible, hundreds, even thousands of years before man discovered them. At a time when it was commonly believed that the earth sat on a large animal or a giant estimated around 1500 B.C., the Bible spoke of the earths free float in space: "He hangs on the earth on nothing" in Job 26:7. Science didn't discover that the earth hangs on nothing until 1650. The Scriptures tell us that the earth is round: "It is He who sits above the circle of the earth" in Isaiah 40:22. The word translated circle here is Hebrew word chuwg, which is also translated circuit or compass depending on the context. That is, it indicates something spherical or rounded, not flat or square. The Book of Isaiah was written between 740 and 680 B.C. This is at least three-hundred years before Aristotle suggested, in his book "On the Heavens," that the earth might be a sphere. It was another two-thousand years later, at the time when science believed that the earth was flat, that the Scriptures inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world. Matthew Maury, whom lived from 1806 to 1873, is considered the father of oceanography. He noticed the expression paths of the seas in Psalm 8:8, written two-thousand-eight-hundred years ago, and stated, "If God said there are paths in the sea, I am going to find them." Maury then took God at His word and went looking for these paths, and we are indebted to him for his discovery of the warm and cold continental currents. His book on oceanography remains a basic text on the subject and is still used in universities.
Only recent years has science discovered that everything we see is composed of things that we cannot see, invisible atoms. In Hebrews 11:3, written two-thousand years ago, Scripture tells us that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Three different places in the places in the Bible indicate that the earth is wearing out. For example, Isaiah 51:6; Psalm 102:25-26; Hebrews 1:11. This is what the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Law of Increasing Entropy, states: That in all physical processes, every ordered system over time tends to become more disordered. Everything is running down and wearing out as energy is becoming less available for use. That means the universe will eventually wear out to the extent that, theoretically speaking, there will be a heat death and therefore no more energy available for use. This wasn't discovered by science until recently, but the Bible states it in concise terms. The Scriptures inform us, "All rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; to the place from which the rivers come, there they return again" in Ecclesiastes 1:7. This statement alone may not seem profound. But when considered with other biblical passages, it becomes all the more remarkable. For example, the Mississippi River dumps approximately 518 billion gallons of water every twenty-four hours into the Gulf of Mexico. Where does all that water go? And that's just one of thousands of rivers. The answer lies in the hydrologic cycle, so well brought out in the Bible. Ecclesiastes 11:3 states states that if the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth. Look at the Bible's words in Amos 9:6: "He...calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth." The idea of a complete water cycle was not fully understood by science until the seventeenth century. However, more than two-thousand years prior to the discoveries of Pierre Perrault, Edme Mariotte, Edmund Halley, and others, the Scriptures clearly spoke of a water cycle.
The Scriptures also described a cycle of air currents two-thousand years before scientist discovered them: "The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north; the wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit in Ecclesiastes 1:6. We now know that air around the earth turns in huge circles, clockwise in one hemisphere and counterclockwise in the other. The Bible declares, "Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the hist of them, were finished" in Genesis 2:1. The original Hebrew uses past definite tense for the verb finished, indicating an action completed in the past, never again to occur. The creation was finished, once and for all. That is exactly what the Fist Law of Thermodynamics says. This law, often referred to as the Law of Energy and/or Mass, states that neither matter nor energy can be either created or destroyed. It was because of this Law that Sir Fred Holye's "Steady-State," or "Continuous Creation" Theory was discarded. Hoyle stated that at points in the universe called irtrons, matter, or energy, was constantly being created. But the First Law states just the opposite. Indeed, there is no creation ongoing today. It is finished exactly as the Bible states. In Genesis 6, God gave Noah the dimensions of the 1.5 million cubic foot ark he was to build. In 1609 at Hoorn in Holland, a ship was built after the same pattern, 30:5:3, revolutionizing ship-building. By 1900 every large ship on the high seas was inclined toward the proportions of the ark. Verified by "Lloyd's Register of Shipping" in the "World Almanac."
Since God is the Author of creation as well as the Bible, it's only natural that the two should correspond. While the Bible is not intended to be a scientific book, the scientific book, the scientific statements it makes are precisely accurate. In his book "Proofs of God's Existence," Richard Wurmbrand explains: "In antiquity and in what is called Dark Ages, men did not know what they know about humanity and the cosmos. They did not know the lock but possessed the key, which is God. Now many have excellent descriptions of the lock but they have lost the key. The proper solution is union between religion and science. We should be owners of the lock and the key. The fact is that as science advances, it discovers what was said thousands of years ago in the Bible." Since God is the author of creation as well as the Bible, it's only natural that the two should correspond. While the Bible is not intended to be a scientific book, the scientific statements it makes are accurate.