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Summary: This apologetic message examines the reliability of the Bible and challenges us to be people of the Scripture.

(ON THE STREET INTERVIEWS-VIDEO)

The Bible is a unique and remarkable book. It is actually a library of 66 books written over a span of 1,500 years. There isn’t another book in history that took that long to write. 40-different authors from every walk of life wrote the Bible. We all know that people from different walks of life have different perspectives on life.

Yet the Bible was written by:

• Kings

• Servants

• Philosophers

• Fishermen

• Poets

• Doctors

• Military Leaders

• Herdsman

• And even a First Century IRS agent

The authors wrote from different places like deserts, dungeons, palaces, islands, battlefields, hillsides, and prison cells.

They wrote on 3 different continents (Europe, Asia, and Africa) in 16 different countries in 3 different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek).

Their writings cover hundreds of controversial subjects yet they speak in perfect unity. This can’t be explained by coincidence or by collusion.

Think about it: If we brought up one controversial subject. Let’s say, the war in Iraq. If all of us in this room were to write a couple of pages on that subject, do you think we would all have total unity in our opinions? Absolutely not! Yet the Bible, which was written by 40 different people, with various backgrounds, living in diverse places, spoke with perfect unity on a broad range of controversial subjects. The Bible is a unified story of how God worked throughout history to restore His relationship with human race.

The Old Testament – Someone is coming

Gospel – He is here

Epistles – Someone is coming again

Read it cover to cover and you find:

• One hero – the Messiah

• One villain – Satan

• One problem – Sin

• And one purpose – Salvation

The only reasonable answer to the amazing unity is that there was one master architect who designed the book. The Bible is God’s Word to the human race.

The Bible also enjoys unique long-standing popularity.

Since the Bible began to roll off of Guttenberg’s Printing Press in 1450 AD it has maintained the #1 spot as the best selling book of all time. It now sells between 30 million and 60 million copies world-wide every year.

The Bible is the most translated book in history. The Bible has been translated in over 1,200 languages and still counting as new languages are being added every year.

It is the single most popular book in the world, the most translated book in history and the most smuggled book ever. In some places in the world such as in Communist or Islamic nations, people risk their lives to get their hands on a Bible.

No other book has been as scrutinized, ridiculed, criticized, misinterpreted, banned and burned like the Bible. Kings, emperors, dictators and governments have all tried to wipe it out of existence but it just keeps living on and changing lives.

Noted French philosopher and skeptic Voltaire died in 1778. Before he died he said, “Within 100 years the Bible will be a forgotten book.” When Voltaire died they auctioned off his home and it was purchased for the headquarters of the French Bible Society. The Bible outlives its pallbearers.


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Steve Hughes

commented on Oct 28, 2006

Hey Todd, you did a great job of compiling all this data - a great sermon, just the kind of material I was looking for. A great help. Thanks.

Loren Hicks

commented on Dec 28, 2006

Great message! Clearly outlined. Thanks for sharing the research.

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