When we look at Bible prophecy, we see things fulfilled even as recently as within the last 100 years; other things are taking shape as we speak. Furthermore, when history is viewed in light of the Bible—and we read these prophetic passages—the most reasonable conclusion—especially given all that we’ve discussed—is that God is the ultimate author. Therefore, the Bible stands firm as God’s true word to us. He has conclusively illustrated that fact by giving us thousands of examples of history written in advance. All these things tie back in to what I laid out in the beginning of the chapter. No one can deny the narrative contained in the Bible in terms of prophecy, math, science, medicine, and history. But like so many things, what conclusions can be drawn from these various narratives? Well, they were either totally fabricated by man, or they are the Inspired words of the living God. Even with the brief touch provided in this book, we can see that it makes far more sense to take the position that human concoction is not a good explanation for the Biblical narrative and its seeming accuracy. The fact is, however, there is no seeming about it; God has spoken through these Biblical writers. It is, therefore, abundantly evident that within the pages of the Bible we can see: statements of history that are verified by many disciplines—not the least of which is archaeology; thousands of predictive declarations that are detailed, specific, and nuanced—and further, those things have come to pass in detail and specificity; several statements that are accurate in a scientific and medical context; and, finally, great integration and design within the actual text itself. What I’ve tried to do is take the Biblical narrative, and demonstrate that it is, first of all, potentially true, to then offering reasons why it is actually true. Obviously, there is an additional wealth of detailed evidence, points of reason, and common sense which under-gird the last statement. Did the checks and balances I mentioned resonate with you? Because of the progressive revelation God used, it basically kept everyone honest and forced an accountability that would be absent if the Bible had been presented in other ways. Having said that, God’s Word would be God’s Word no matter how He chose to reveal it. My point is simply that progressive revelation gives us one more tool that we can utilize to defend the integrity of Scripture. Above and beyond what we’ve already discussed we have, what is in essence, the final trump card and ultimately most important aspect of all this, and it is God’s superintendence of the Scriptures. When we think of the existence of God, His moral authority, the moral imperative within us, the beauty of the heavens, the innate knowledge of God in all of us, along with the same knowledge concerning eternity, and the recognition and desire for love, it makes perfect sense that God would communicate a message to us. It is further reasonable that the message God gives us:
1) Correspond to the descriptions just listed concerning His existence. 2) Correspond to the descriptions just listed concerning His character. 3) Correspond to the direct and general revelation God gave us. (just listed) 4) Be useful for teaching, learning, and a guide for living our lives. 5) Be life affirming both temporally and eternally. 6) Explain how we got here, what went wrong, and our destiny. 7) Be true, consistent, and possess the characteristic of being verifiable.
The Bible, without question, meets and surpasses those seven points. We have a book that explains why the world is the way it is and where it is headed. It shows why man cannot attain a paradise on earth apart from God. The Bible also tells us that the wages of sin is death, but that the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23) Yes, God hates our sin, yet, He loves us. Being that He desires no one to perish, but for all to come to repentance, He sent His Son to pay for our sins on the cross. Furthermore, our faith in what Christ did for us is what opens up the gates of heaven and allows us to experience a life that will contain an eternal joy and peace that is indescribable in human terms. The alternative is quite dire, however. But as we discussed earlier, because we have a free moral volition, life, and the choices we make, have meaning. Indeed, the ability of free choice has some baggage to it. Life has meaning, but sin gets us in a lot of trouble, which—considering the reality of hell—is somewhat putting it mildly. It is needful, however, to look at the other side of that coin and contemplate the reality of Heaven.