The first, and most basic, reason I know that the Bible is from God is that I know there is a God.
Yes, I understand that there are lots of people who believe in God (god or gods) that do not believe the Bible is from God. But, before I can begin to show how I know, and you can know, that the Bible is, without a doubt, from God, I must start from that most basic reason - I believe in God.
There are a lot of big words and phrases people use to talk about how we can know that God is real, like “the Cosmological argument” and “the Teleological argument.” We can just keep it simple by saying that we know God exists because something can’t come from nothing and that where we see design there must be a designer.
For example, I can know – beyond any doubt – that my existence is traceable back to a specific cause. I am the result, or effect, of a known cause.
My parents met, fell in love, got married and caused me to come into existence. I can know – beyond any doubt – that I didn’t just happen with no known cause. Likewise, the existence of my house can be traced back to a known cause – a builder that put together the material to cause my house to exist (cf. Heb. 3:4).
So, if I were to ask you if your house is itself evidence of a builder, you would certainly say “yes.” You would have no doubt whatsoever that someone built your house – it is the effect of a known cause. This principle of cause and effect can continually be expanded until we have reached the limits of physical existence.
Then we are left with the question, “where did the first physical matter come from?” Matter is not eternal so it can’t have been its own cause. We must look beyond matter, beyond physical existence.
God is Spirit (Jn. 4:24) and Spirit is eternal (Heb. 9:14). God is not a physical Being bound by the laws of physics or the physical universe. He is outside of nature, i.e. supernatural. He is the only adequate First Cause for the physical universe.
I can also know – beyond any doubt – that God exists because of the intricate design evident all through creation. I know that design doesn’t happen by accident – where there is design there must be a designer.
For example, where did the laws of physics come from? They are universal laws that allow precise predictions, calculations and outcomes to be made because we know that things are going to work according to those laws. We can mathematically calculate exactly where to put a satellite to make it stay in an exact orbit and know exactly how long it will stay there and where it will be all the time – given that no mistakes were made in the calculations.
Well, why are the heavenly bodies constrained to these known laws? Who wrote them and who has the power to bind them? (cf. Heb. 1:3). Human beings certainly don’t! We can’t even figure out how to alter or change them, only how to advance our functioning within their bounds.
The very apparent design all around us proves – beyond any doubt – that there is a Designer and that Designer is greater than man. Even at our advanced technological state, we have not mastered the working of even our own bodies.
The amazing design of the physical body is so advanced and intricate that we are still trying to get it all figured out and we’re not even close. Where did that amazing design come from?
Design – especially the kind of advanced design of the eye and ear, for example – doesn’t just happen (cf. Prov. 20:12). Paul said, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).
We can know from the things that are made that there is a Great Eternal Designer, and that is why I believe the Bible is from God.
If God is, and I know He is, and if He created us, and I know He did, then it only makes sense that He would want to communicate with His creation. In this series of articles I will continue to show how I know beyond any doubt that the Bible is that communication from God to His creation.
Norm Fields is the minister for the Church of Christ Northside meeting at 1101 Hogansville Road in LaGrange. He may be reached at 706-812-9950 or BibleQnA@NormFields.com.