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Even with all this effort to destroy the Bible, it has now been translated into 1,400 languages

The Bible is Only a Book
God Breathed – Part 1

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Key Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

During this last week of October, I want to look at the objection to the Bible as God’s Word to us. So many people think the Bible has good ideas but is only words of men from years ago; they don’t see or believe in any inspiration from God. We will look at the history of the Bible, as well as the Bible text itself, to see that there is a strong case for divine intervention in us having the Bible.

Any research will convince you that we have very little ancient literature due to loss, either by years of poor preservation or by fires in ancient libraries. A fire in the Library of Alexandria in Egypt caused the loss of an estimated 40,000 ancient books and texts. Yet the Bible, dating back as early as 2,000 B.C., exists, not only in its entirety, but in a startlingly well-preserved form, despite many efforts to destroy it. Late in the 7th century B.C., King Jehoiakim of Judah threw the scroll of Jeremiah’s prophecy into the fire. However God simply had His prophet write the same words again with additional material (Jeremiah 36:21-32). This attack on the Bible continued down through the years, reaching an extreme persecution in the 1500s A.D., when William Tyndale put the Bible in the common language of the people. Priests and bishops burned thousands of copies of his translations. They finally burned Tyndale himself at the stake.

Even with all this effort to destroy the Bible, it has now been translated into 1,400 languages. No other book even comes close. What reasonable person can come to any other conclusion other than, God surely protected the Bible! (Continued)

Father, thank you for giving us your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.