By Ninos Hadjirousou
I remember while travelling to a wedding in Bournemouth discussing with the passenger next to me on the train about God and about life. We spoke about many things, particularly we talked about what is good or evil and what are the evidence that God exists. But in response to my claim that the Bible is God’s Word; one of the things that he said was the Bible is a book made by men who wanted to make stories that attract people into ‘buying’ their book. He continued making statements such as ‘the Bible has many legends’, ‘the Bible is just a book full of stories and fairytales’. While he threw many bullets like these, I responded by simply asking him ‘have you ever read what the Bible says?’ He said no. But then he said ‘there is no evidence that the Bible is true’, I asked him again in the same simple way ‘how do you know whether there is any evidence that what the Bible says is true or not?’.
Like many atheists, this young man had no idea what the Bible says, and yet he was making statements such as these to try and hide from himself that he has no evidence for his claim that the Bible is a book full of legends and fairytales. But many others also use this argument to minimize the Bible’s Authority and Sufficiency. It’s worthiness for being what it is, the Word of God.
But if anyone does ask, let us try to answer this question: is the Bible full of myths?
The answer is no. To fully justify the answer would take a lot of writing. However, I can point you to some important evidence that show that the Bible is in fact the Word of God.
First, the Bible is infallible. That means that God is never ever wrong in anything that His Word said. And that includes telling the future. Now you and I both know that none of us are capable of telling what tomorrow will bring, we can’t tell the future. We are not omniscient, but God is. And the greatest evidence that the Bible is truly God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) and not made by any human idea or philosophy (2 Peter 1:20-21); is through the Prophetic evidence of the Bible.
The men who wrote the events and the teachings of the Bible could not have made them all up by their own reasoning. The men that God chose to bring His message are called prophets. If God was to speak to Israel about an invasion that would come from the west or the east, He would speak to the people by using His prophets. If He announced judgment or peace to a town or a nation, the same would happen. For example: in 597 B.C the prophet Ezekiel prophesied that God would destroy the city of Tyre (Ezekiel chapters 26-28). God said 1) I will bring all the nations against them; 2) they shall destroy the walls and break down her towers; 3) all will be killed; 4) Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon will kill them with the sword; 5) again their walls will be broken down, they will cast stone, timber and soil into the mist of their waters; 6) Tyre will be a place of rocks, and it will never be rebuild; 7) lastly God says Tyre will be no more. Tyre will never be found again. (Ezekiel 26:2, 3, 8, 12, 14, 21)
God gives Israel this prophecy in incredible detail. The question that everyone should ask is this: did it happen?
Well, archeology and history gives proof that it did actually happen. Tyre was one of the greatest cities in the eastern Mediterranean, it was the great Phoenician city. They were known for being great colonizers. Secular history records that 3 years after the prophecy, Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian king attacked the city and laid siege against it for 13 years. Tyre was overcome again by the Babylonians from 585-573 B.C, by Alexander the Great in 332 BC and by the Muslims in 1281 AD. Since then, it was never rebuild. Just as God said. Only ruin and rocks are there. One mathematician came with the probability of this happening was 1 in 75 million. Not by chance at all. The same prophecy was also told through the mouth of Amos and Zachariah (Amos 1:10, Zachariah 9). Scholars and historians indicate that Zachariah’s prophecy was dated 480-470 B.C before the time of Alexander’s invasion. And Amos prophecy recorded in (Amos 1:10) dates back during the reign Uzziah King of Judah 790-739 BC. So this was before Ezekiel’s time.
In Micah 1:6,7 God was against Samaria, and said that Samaria will fall. And in fact in 722 BC Samaria was fallen and so it came to pass. Then Alexander the great came in 332 BC and he destroyed Samaria which today there is no more.
In Isaiah 44:28 Isaiah speaks about a man called Cyrus, who will free the Jews from the Babylonian Captivity. And according to secular history Cyrus was born about a 100 years later; and he frees the Jews from captivity.
In Isaiah 7:13, 14 a prophecy is made about a child that will be from the House of David, and He will be born of a virgin woman. Also in Isaiah 9:6,7 this child who will be born will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. This came true 700 years later in the New Testament and indeed it was true; Mary was that virgin who gave birth to a Son before having contact with Joseph who was to be her future husband. The Angel said that He will save His people from their sins (Matthew 1: 1,16,18,20,21,22,23 and Luke 1:27-38).
In Micah 5:2 God says the ruler, the Christ, will be born in Bethlehem. Matthew (2:1,5) and Luke (2:4-7) both record that, under a divine providential work by God, Jesus is indeed born in Bethlehem. By chance? I don’t think so. In Isaiah 40:1-5 God claims that a man will prepare the way for the Christ, he will preach in the wilderness, and all shall believe and listen to him. This was prophesied 700 years before the birth of Christ. In Malachi 4:5 again God warns people that he will send a man like Elijah before the day of the Lord. And 400 years later, John the Baptist is that man. He was that Elijah. He was that man in the wilderness.
Mere coincidence? Or maybe just luck? No my dear reader. These proofs are historical, scholarly and archeological evidences that the Bible is in fact without error. And these are just some of the many more truths to have been discovered.