The Bible Stands Alone
Compiled by Jordan and Justin Drake
In 1889 a schoolteacher
told a ten-year-old boy, "You will never amount
to very much." That boy was Albert Einstein. In
1954 a music manager told a young singer, "You
ought to go back to driving a truck." That singer
was Elvis Presley. In 1962 a record company told a group
of singers, "We don’t like your sound. Groups
with guitars are definitely on their way out."
They said that to the Beatles. Man is prone to make
mistakes. Those who reject the Bible should take the
time to look at the evidence before they come to a verdict.
It is unique in its continuity.
If just 10 people today were picked who were from the
same place, born around the same time, spoke the same
language, and made about the same amount of money, and
were asked to write on just one controversial subject,
they would have trouble agreeing with each other. But
the Bible stands alone. It was written over a period
of 1,600 years by more than 40 writers from all walks
of life. Some were fishermen; some were politicians.
Others were generals or kings, shepherds or historians.
They were from three different continents, and wrote
in three different languages. They wrote on hundreds
of controversial subjects yet they wrote with agreement
and harmony. They wrote in dungeons, in temples, on
beaches, and on hillsides, during peacetime and during
war. Yet their words sound like they came from the same
source. So even though 10 people today couldn’t
write on one controversial subject and agree, God picked
40 different people to write the Bible—and it
stands the test of time.
It is unique in its circulation.
The invention of the printing press in 1450 made it
possible to print books in large quantities. The first
book printed was the Bible. Since then, the Bible has
been read by more people and printed more times than
any other book in history. By 1930, over one billion
Bibles had been distributed by Bible societies around
the world. By 1977, Bible societies alone were printing
over 200 million Bibles each year, and this doesn’t
include the rest of the Bible publishing companies.
No one who is interested in knowing the truth can ignore
such an important book.
It is unique in its translation.
The Bible has been translated into over 1,400 languages.
No other book even comes close.
It is unique in its survival.
In ancient times, books were copied by hand onto manuscripts
which were made from parchment and would decay over
time. Ancient books are available today only because
someone made copies of the originals to preserve them.
For example, the original writings of Julius Caesar
are no longer around. We know what he wrote only by
the copies we have. Only 10 copies still exist, and
they were made 1,000 years after he died. Only 600 copies
of Homer’s The Iliad exist, made 1,300 years after
the originals were written. No other book has as many
copies of the ancient manuscripts as the Bible. In fact,
there are over 24,000 copies of New Testament manuscripts,
some written within 35 years of the writer’s death.
It is unique in withstanding attack.
No other book has been so attacked throughout history
as the Bible. In A.D. 300 the Roman emperor Diocletian
ordered every Bible burned because he thought that by
destroying the Scriptures he could destroy Christianity.
Anyone caught with a Bible would be executed. But just
25 years later, the Roman emperor Constantine ordered
that 50 perfect copies of the Bible be made at government
expense. The French philosopher Voltaire, a skeptic
who destroyed the faith of many people, boasted that
within 100 years of his death, the Bible would disappear
from the face of the earth. Voltaire died in 1728, but
the Bible lives on. The irony of history is that 50
years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society moved
into his former house and used his printing presses
to print thousands of Bibles.
The Bible has also survived
criticism. No book has been more attacked for its accuracy.
And yet archeologists are proving every year that the
Bible’s detailed descriptions of historic events
are correct. See Matthew 4:4 and 1 Peter 1:25 footnotes.