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1st August 2012, 10:12 PM
By “Bible,” we mean the sixty-six books of the canonical library (apocryphal works excluded). The term “inspired” derives from 2 Timothy 3:16 and refers to whether the origin of the documents is divine or strictly human.
The Bible claims to be ultimately from God. More than 3,800 times in the Old Testament the affirmation is made that the writings are divine in origin (cf. Leviticus 1:1; Jeremiah 1:9; Psalm 119). How does one know that the claim of sacred inspiration is true? The literature must be characterized by features that can be explained by no basis other than divine origin. Consider the following factors.
No ordinary human can foretell the future. Isaiah challenged the false prophets of his day: “Declare the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods” (Isaiah 41:23). Yet biblical prophets genuinely foretold the future. The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy by J. Barton Payne contains discussions of 8,352 Bible predictions (New York: Harper & Row, 1973).
For example, more than 300 Old Testament prophecies foretell the coming of Christ. The Scriptures declare His physical lineage (Genesis 3:15; 22:18; 49:10), the town of His birth (Micah 5:2), His birth to a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), the manner and year of His death (Psalm 22:16; Zechariah 12:10; Daniel 9:24-27), His resurrection (Psalm 16:8-10), His ascension back to God (Daniel 7:13-14), and His current reign in Heaven (Psalm 110). There is no way these declarations, written hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, could have come together with such precision fortuitously!
Unity of Composition
The Bible is a library of documents spanning 1,600 years (1500 B.C. - A.D. 100). One would expect these writings to be a mishmash of literary confusion. Stunningly, however, there is a unity of theme and continuity of flow that defies any explanation from a solely human vantage point. For instance, the Bible begins with the creation of the Earth and humanity, and then shows the ruin that resulted as the consequence of sin. The Scriptures conclude with the victory achieved by Jesus Christ and “the new heaven and new earth,” i.e., Heaven itself (Revelation 21-22).
The Bible is “one” narrative. It is the record of redemption—from Abel’s sacrifice (Genesis 4) to that of the Lamb of God (John 1:29; Revelation 5:6ff), Scripture is the story of human tragedy and redemption for those who obey God. Each of the sixty-six documents wonderfully contributes to this theme. No book in the history of the world parallels the Bible.
Historical Accuracy
Some literary works lend themselves to investigation; and when checked, they fail the credibility test. Others are so esoteric in content that they are beyond rational analysis. The Bible is not of such nature; it is a book that is testable in a number of ways.
Consider, for example, Genesis 1 and the issue of the origin of the Universe. Though the biblical text was composed at least 3,500 years ago, there is not a solitary phrase that can be demonstrated to be scientifically incorrect or obsolete! This fact led noted archaeologist William F. Albright to comment: “...modern scientific cosmogonies show such a disconcerting tendency to be short-lived that it may be seriously doubted whether science has yet caught up with the Biblical story” (Old Testament Commentary, Philadelphia: Muhlenberg Press, 1948, 135).
Reflect upon the historical data in the book of Acts. In that narrative, there is mention of thirty-two countries, fifty-four cities, and nine Mediterranean islands. Additionally, ninety-five people are named, sixty-two of which are not mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament. Twenty-seven are nonbelievers—mainly civil or military officials (Bruce Metzger, The New Testament: Background, Growth, Content, Nashville: Abingdon, 1965, 171-172). Not once is there a mistake in any of these references involving matters of geography or history. By way of contrast, The History of Germany by the Roman historian Tacitus was littered with geographical mistakes.
There is a vast repository of evidence that supports the Bible’s claim of being a divinely inspired book.

source - Wayne Jackson