The Bible is often referred to as the Word of God. The Word of God tells us that it was God who inspired the 40 + people who wrote it, so that the things they wrote came from God himself (2 Timothy 3:16-17). But for those who are not Christians, this may be hard to accept. Looking at what the Bible actually says may help.
Prophecies in the Bible
Probably the most convincing evidence that the Bible is the Word of God is that it to future events, which seemed impossible or improbable, but actually happened, and some are still to happen. There are 352 prophecies all through the OT which were all fulfilled in the birth, life and death of Jesus. The probability that only 8 of these prophecies would be fulfilled in the life of one man is 1 in 10 to the power of 17 (1:10 with 17 zeros after it)!
If you consider the possibility that 48 of these prophecies could be fulfilled in one person’s lifetime, the probability is 1 in 10 to the power of 157 (1:10 with 157 zeros after it). Therefore, for one person to fulfil all 352 prophesies would be impossible if it were not for the fact that the one who controls all things was the one making the prophecies.
The second coming of Jesus
There are still biblical prophecies that remain to be fulfilled. For the Christians the most exciting one is the second coming or return of Jesus to the earth. In Matt 24 and Luke 21, Jesus gives specific signs that will show us that his coming is near – Wars, rumors of wars, famines, plagues, earthquakes, persecution of Christians, fearful events, and signs in the heavens. The book of Revelation is also a book about events before Jesus returns, and then events after his return, and the destruction and end of this world.
No other religion can claim to have a book even remotely similar to the Bible, because God inspired the writing of the Bible. It is not just a list of what to do and what not to do, or simply a history book or collection of stories. It is a book that is absolutely unique in that it claims to have come through inspiration of God. Those of us who know God and read his word have no problem believing this.
The Bible as God’s Word to the world
The Bible tells us of God’s plan to bring mankind back to a relationship and friendship with him. It’s a guide for those who have found this relationship with God, to show them how to live in a way that pleases God. God’s Word is an encouragement to those who struggle with problems or persecution. It is food for the soul and brings hope for the future.