How do we show the Bible is from God?

I received a question from someone who was trying to share his faith and hitting a road block with the Bible.  He wanted to argue for Jesus from the Bible and was having trouble with people who rejected the Bible.

My response is below:

I would first like to commend you on your engagement in evangelism!  Not only do you want to share your faith, but you are not allowing objections to dissuade you!  Rather than become defeated and give up the task, you are looking for ways to graciously but humbly reach those who are unbelieving.  That is awesome!

My only advice is that you may be putting the cart before the horse.  We typically don’t believe that God raised Jesus from the dead because the Bible is the word of God, but rather we believe that the Bible is the word of God because God raised Jesus from the dead.  I think you may gain more headway if you instead focus on making your case that God raised Jesus from the dead.  If one accepts that Jesus has been raised from the dead, they will have gone a long way towards accepting the Bible as God’s word.  Surely if God has raised Jesus from the dead, then he has so authenticated Jesus’s ministry that we should trust him.

Fortunately, the case for the resurrection is pretty solid and does not require belief in either the inspiration or inerrancy of scripture.  I would recommend that you carve out some time and watch Dr. Craig’s lecture on the evidence for the resurrection.  You can also pick up On Guard by Dr. Craig, which has a few chapters covering the evidence for Jesus.  With that material in hand, you will be better prepared to make a defense for your hope in Jesus during evangelistic conversations.

Matt Bilyeu

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