Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
A friend of mine was once challenged by a group of college students to prove to them that the Bible is the Word of God. He responded by saying that while he could not give them empirical proof, he could prove it just as you would prove a bottle of iodine is a bottle of iodine.
When the students persisted he asked one of them to get a bottle of iodine from the hall bathroom. What do you have?, asked my friend. A bottle of iodine was the response. How do you know? He was asked. Look, I can read said the student it says Iodine on the label. You’re sure? Asked my friend. Of course, I am, said the student. That’s strange, said my friend, you read the label and you’re sure its iodine, yet this book has a label that says, Holy Bible, Word of God and you doubt that. Well, a lot of books claim to be from God so just because it says that. . . But said my friend, a lot of bottles could claim to be iodine. I’m just interested that you are so sure about one and doubt the other.
But, said my friend, let’s suppose we aren’t sure that there is iodine in that bottle, how could we be sure? We could open it and see if it looks like iodine, we could smell it and see if it smells like iodine, we could put it on a cut and see if it smarts like iodine, and if the cut heals, we can know it heals like iodine. OK said the students but what does that
The Bible claims to transform lives, and I can take you to prisons and rescue missions and mission fields all over the world and introduce you to men and women who were completely changed by the Bible. If it works like iodine, its most likely iodine, and if it makes men and women new – it is most likely all it claims to be.
There is a final proof, but I must wait for another time to share that.
In the meantime, let me ask you, what do you think of the bible and how much research has you put into your answer?
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.