Answer:  You have to prove this yourself.  The odds of so many writings coming together and being preserved for thousands of years is staggering.  The Biblical writings have been miraculously preserved for thousands of years as a unique revelation from the Creator of the universe.  What if the Bible really is the Mind of God in print?

The plain teachings of the Bible, however, stand in striking contrast to what many religious leaders preach today. The Apostle Paul did not encourage first century Christians to "just believe" in Jesus and merely accept the teachings of the Bible and Christianity "on faith." Instead, he told his audiences, "Test all things; hold fast what is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Paul urged people to check into the facts and believe what they could prove to be true! His admonition reflects Old Testament passages where God challenged the ancient Israelites to "prove Me now… if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:8–10, KJV).  God urged Israel to put His promises to the test, and promised that He would bless them, to prove that He was real and that His promises were true!

Paul knew that true religious belief involves evidence, assurance and certainty, not "blind faith." He wrote that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). According to the Bible, faith should rest on solid evidence, not just warm, fuzzy, emotional feelings in your heart. You should never believe something in spite of the facts, and that includes believing in the authenticity and authority of the Bible!

It’s up to you to read the Bible and prove it for yourself.

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