Posted by: Veroni Kruger | July 24, 2010

Why the public voted it the greatest best-seller ever?

Why the public voted it the greatest best-seller ever? Simply because it is the best book ever published! Wonder why?

It is the truth
Scripture’s own statements that it originated from God (e.g. 2 Timothy 3.16, 2 Peter 1.21) are convincing to believers. But there are a number of facts that confirm the veracity of the Bible, even to the skeptics that are brave enough to face up to the realities.

Statements in the Bible have been confirmed by scientific discoveries

Evolution is still only a theory – one thing we know is correct is the order in which it suggests creation came into existence, because it is the same order as the Bible describes! The nature of the universe was described in the Bible long before scientists ever imagined what they would find as they studied it.

Job 26.7 could only have been written by divine inspiration at a time when people believed the earth had to be supported by something. “God spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.” Following on a description of our world, Job comments in verse 14: “And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of Him!”

Job’s words have been proved to be true: scientists tell us that even now we have not really reached the end of our universe. Bill Bryson, best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and on scientific subjects, makes a comment that is relevant here. After discussing scientific progress in measuring the universe, Bryson comments as follows: “The upshot of all of this is that we live in a universe whose age we can’t quite compute, surrounded by starts whose distances from us and each other we don’t altogether know, filled with matter we can’t identify, operating in conformance with physical laws whose properties we don’t really understand” (Bryson, 2004:219). This statement sounds like a modern elaboration on the words of Job 26.14.

The notion that the earth is round appeared in Scripture long before anyone else discovered it. Isaiah (40.22) says God “sits enthroned above the circle of the earth.”

It works!

Anyone who obeys the Word of God will discover that the promises contained in the Bible will come true. As a young boy this fact was impressed upon me when a missionary who had worked in the erstwhile Zaire for forty years and was on his way back to England on retirement, preached in my father’s church in Kimberley, South Africa. He spoke at length on evidence that the Bible was true, but at the end said that for him personally the greatest proof was the fact that throughout his life he had seen it work! Whatever it said, was borne out by the consequences of believing it.

I cannot aspire to the greatness of this man, nor his experience, but I can already say that I have tested it and have come to the same conclusion.

It has survived every effort to destroy it

Since its inception, through the time of the reformation, when it was first translated into English, and even today, there have always been powerful people who have tried to destroy it. Yet it is still the most read, best-selling book of all times!

Makes you think, does it not? I hope it affirms your belief, or challenges you to test the Bible.

(This is an excerpt from a book I am writing on the church. Comments are most welcome.)

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