Many voices in our time call for the rejection of the Bible. They maintain that it is only a human document. Are these critics of the Bible qualified to give an opinion? Let’s see what a qualified Bible theologian says.
# The opinion of a Bible expert
Dick Wilson was one of the older generation theologians who still loved the Lord. He was at home in some 45 languages and dialects to prove the accuracy of the Old Testament. 1 He said:
- ‘…I contend that our text of the Old Testament is presumptively correct, that its meaning is on the whole clear and trustworthy, and that we can as theists [people who believe in one God] and Christians conscientiously and reasonably believe that the Old Testament as we have it is what it purports to be and what Christ and the apostles thought it to be, and what all churches have always declared it to be — the Word of God and the infallible rule of faith and practice.’ 2
- ‘…we are scientifically certain that we have substantially the same text that was in the possession of Christ and the apostles and, so far as anybody knows, the same as that written by the original composers of the Old Testament documents.’ 3
- ‘In conclusion, let me reiterate my conviction that no-one knows enough that the true text of the Old Testament in its true interpretation is not true.’ 4
# The Old and New Testaments are a unit
Dick Wilson concentrated mainly on the Old Testament. Yet the Old and the New Testaments form a unit. The following quotes demonstrate it.
- Acts 4:25, ‘You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David…..’
- “For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son, today I have become your Father?’” This quote in Hebrews 1:5 comes from Psalm 2:7.
- Romans 9:17a: ‘For the Scripture says to Pharaoh….’ It comes from Exodus 9:12-16 where God told Moses to go to Pharaoh with His message.
- ‘Don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah….’ Romans 11:2-3 refers to 1 Kings 19:10,14.
In the examples we see how the Old and New Testaments are connected.
Whatever the critics claim, it is way more advantageous to trust the Lord and study Scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit. There are too many voices that want to lead us astray and destroy our future hope: ‘…Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.’ 5
- D Wilson, A Scientific Investigation of the Old Testament, Moody Press, 1959, p 22
- Ibid p 9
- Ibid p 10
- Ibid p 13
- Revelation 21:3
There is an aspect of God that does not come out very clearly in the New Testament (because it covers such a short time span). However, when we look carefully at the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit gives evidence of how God rules over history. That is very important, because if God cannot control and direct history, believers in Jesus have no security that the promised eternal planet of peace will ever arrive.
We want to give two examples that show how God is in control of history:
- Israel. In Genesis 12:1 God called Abraham and promised him a homeland. Today it is clear that God fulfilled that promise. The Jews, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, live in Israel, the homeland that God promised to Abraham.1 He made the promise only to Abraham, not to the Philistines, Arameans, Assyrians, Edomites, et cetera (who are ‘lost nations’).
- World empires of that time. The Bible foretells the demise of the great empires of the Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Greeks and Romans. The dream was given to Nebuchadnezzar and explained by Daniel.2 Nebuchadnezzar was a heathen, not a worshipper of God. So it is interesting that God revealed the course of history to him. The Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman empires are all past history. History will end with the ultimate victory of Christ.
The foretelling of such momentous events in Daniel is unique and because of this, unbelievers maintain that it was written down after the events happened. This concerned Professor Dick Wilson and caused him to spend years investigating the book of Daniel. 3,4 He found no evidence that it was written later, as the critics claim.
If God is in control of history in the Old Testament, what about Jesus and the New Testament? Jesus said that He and the Father are one.5 So Jesus is also in control of history. That means we never need to doubt Jesus’ words, ‘In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.’ 6
The Holy Spirit gave us 66 books. They all have the same message: we have a wonderful Lord and Saviour, and our future is bright. If we persevere, we will be with Him eternally. There is no greater reward for putting one’s faith in God.
- Genesis 17:8
- Daniel 2
- R D Wilson, Studies in the book of Daniel, G P Putman’s Sons, New York and London, 1917 (this book is available on Amazon).
- R D Wilson, A Scientific Investigation of the Old Testament,Moody Press, Chicago, 1959
- John 14:9-11
- John 14:2-3