Question: Many Christians claim that the Bible is a Divine revelation from God, and as such, is inspired and infallible. What proofs are there for such a claim? And how do we know that the Bible is not just the writings of men?
Answer: In order to prove that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, two things need to be proven: (1) God is infallible – He cannot err; and (2) the words and thoughts given by God in the Bible are inspired. All professed Christians accept the first proposition, but not all agree on the second point. We can basically divide Christians into three groups: (1) those who deny that the Bible is God’s revelation, and is therefore not inspired and infallible; (2) those who believe that the thoughts of the Bible are Divinely inspired, but who deny that the words are inspired; and (3) those who believe that the thoughts and words of the Bible are inspired.
When we consider the perfection of God’s character, man’s needs, and his relationship with God and with his fellow man, we can reasonably expect: (1) that God would provide man with a Divine revelation regarding His purposes for man; and (2) that such a revelation would be provided in a way that would be conducive to man’s acceptance of it as coming from God. Although many books claim to be such a revelation, the Bible alone satisfies these requirements.
The following reasons, briefly stated, are sufficient proofs of the Divine origin of the Bible, hence its infallibility:
All of these points if elaborated in detail would, and have, furnished volumes of evidence to support the conclusion that the Bible is a revelation from God, and is hence inspired and infallible, and with the use of sound reason, it has satisfied many people.
Note: Please find a more thorough examination of this subject in Study 3 of God’s Wonderful Plan of the Ages.