Is the Bible truly a unique book when compared to other religious writings like, say, the Koran or the Hindu Scriptures? Is the Bible trustworthy? Is it historically accurate? Is it internally consistent?
When compared to other works of literature, the Bible is unique.
A. Unique in its continuity.
The Bible was written over a span of about 1500 years by some 35 different authors who came from every walk of life. The Bible was written on three different continents. It was written in three different languages. It was written in a variety of literary styles. From a literary perspective alone, it is an amazing book.
B. Unique in its circulation.
The Bible is by far the best-selling and most widely distributed book in the world, with an estimated 2.5 billion copies sold.
C. Unique in its translation.
Most books are never translated into a second language. the Bible has been translated into more than 2,200 languages!
D. Unique in its survival.
Diocletian and Voltaire versus 1 Peter 1:24-25!
E. Unique in its teaching.
There are 1,817 predictions in the Bible, 1,239 in the Old Testament and 578 in the new. The vast majority of these have already been fulfilled!
F. Unique in its influence on literature.
G. Unique in its influence on civilization.
Application / Challenge
Because of the Bible’s uniqueness, you should consider its claim to be the inspired Word of God. Read Josh McDowell’s The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict.