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External Evidence of Inspiration

May 16, 2011

John Allan

One week ago we noted that there is evidence within the Bible that points to the fact that the Bible is from God. These proofs in the Bible attesting to the inspiration of the Bible can be called internal evidence. In the following paragraphs we will briefly consider a few discoveries from outside of the Bible that point to the Bible’s inspiration. These can be included in a category called external evidence.

In Psalms 8:8 we read about “the paths of the seas.” Today we know plenty about ocean currents, and it might be easy to think that this has always been the case. A man named Matthew Fontaine Maury is often referred to as the “Pathfinder of the Seas” for his contributions to the field of oceanography. Maury’s hard work resulted in finding ways to drastically reduce the time it took for ships to travel on the ocean. Maury did this monumental work in the 1800s, literally thousands of years after Psalms 8:8 was penned.

How did the psalmist know something that took the rest of the world thousands of years to figure out? His message did not come from himself, but from God.

Perhaps you remember in Genesis 17:12 that God commanded circumcision to occur on the eighth day. Unbeknownst to man’s mind until more recent years was the fact that vitamin K and prothrombin levels were at their peak the eighth day. In other words: while circumcision in the first few days of a newborn’s life could have caused hemorrhaging, the eighth day was the safest time to perform the procedure.

How could Moses have known that the eighth day was the best day to circumcise? Moses did not, but God did. Israel circumcised on the eighth day not because they had any concern or knowledge about vitamin K but because God commanded them to. The fact that this is the safest time to do it demonstrates that the command came not from the mind of man but from God Himself.

These are only two examples. Many other examples of external evidence (geographic and historical accuracy, etc.) can be studied and appreciated as they also demonstrate that the Bible is the inspired word of God.

-John Allan
Minister, Clinton Church of Christ

This entry was posted on Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 1:15 pm and is filed under Bible.

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