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We have discussed the credibility and inspiration of the Bible many times, and now we have a new video series by John Cooper dealing with the archaeological and historical proof of the Bible's inspiration. As a non-scholar and simply a Bible reader and believer, I base my life on the truth and inspiration of God's Word. The question is, how have I come to this faith?
First of all, without faith we cannot please God. His word says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, 6). Because he wants us to have faith, God gives us plenty of reasons to believe in him, his Word, and his Son. To prove he was God's Son, Jesus did many miracles that could only be done by the power of God. The lame walked, the blind saw, the deaf heard, the dumb spoke, and even the weather obeyed him! God proved Jesus was his Son by raising him from the dead on the third day! After his resurrection, Jesus walked among the living for 40 days and then physically ascended to heaven (Acts 1:3, 9).
After Jesus went to heaven, his apostles and other chosen men were given God's words and wrote the New Testament by the inspiration of God's Holy Spirit (Galatians 1:11-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16). To prove their words were true and that they were speaking for God, they too were given the power to perform miracles as Jesus did (John 20:30, 31; Acts 2:22; 14:3; Galatians 3:5; Hebrews 2:4). When the apostles had died and the New Testament had been completed, the miracles ceased because they had served their purpose. They testified to Jesus as God's Son and the apostles as his chosen men to establish his church on Earth.
God chose men to write the Old Testament, and he spoke directly to them, including Moses and the prophets. God also did miracles in Old Testament times to prove his existence and sovereignty.
Does God Exist? was founded on the belief that faith in God and science are compatible since science is what we have learned about how God created the universe and our planet. “Dandy Designs” gives almost endless examples of God's creative designs and the reasons for them. Romans 1:19-20 (NIV 1984) says that we have no excuse for disbelief because, “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
— Cynthia Clayton
© Julie Marcussen
Scripture links/references are from BibleGateway.com. Unhighlighted scriptures can be looked up at their website.