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Is it circular reasoning to say that the Bible is the Word of God because it says it is the Word of God?

Some have argued that it is circular reasoning to say that the Bible is the Word of God because it says it is. After all, any book could make that claim. What do you think? Is the Bible's statements about its inspiration sufficient evidence to that fact?

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To answer this question let's consider Yeshua's statement to the Jews who wanted to kill Him because of His claim to be the Son of God:

If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33 You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. 36 But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life (John 5:31-40).

The context is that Christ claimed to be the Son of God, a claim that was disputed then as it is now. Christ's response is one that we can apply to the entire Bible "If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true". This isn't suggesting that one shouldn't acknowledge the facts about himself, but rather that His statement by itself is not conclusive evidence to truth. Likewise, the mere fact that the Bible claims to be inspired isn't conclusive evidence that it is.

"There is another who bears witness of Me": In Jewish law a case could only be established if there were at least two witnesses. To prove his claim to being the Messiah Christ brought in another witness - John the Baptist. The Jews had sent to John asking him about the Messiah. Christ reminded them of this fact "You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth". That was sufficient evidence to establish the truthfulness of the case. Christ bore witness of Himself and the most credible source available (the questioners honored John the Baptist), bore witness of Him.

That was sufficient evidence to satisfy the demands of Christ's day.

Based on this principle the Bible would need at least one other credible source to bear witness to it's claim. My question to you is: What would you accept as credible sources? Other religious books? Reports from archeologist and other scientists? Historical evidences? If you search you'll find many witnesses among them attesting to the inspiration of the Bible, but that depends on what you consider credible. So let's look at some other evidences:

 "But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me". Christ was saying to His hearers, Don't take my word for it; Don't even take John's word. You want to know if I'm from God? Check my works. Some people have raised eyebrows about the behavior of a few Christians, but by far the principles taught by the Bible and exemplified by our Leader are superior to that of any other. Acts of charity is one of the defining marks of a follower of the Bible. That's evidence! But that's not conclusive

"You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me". The Scriptures long before prophesied of Christ. Of all the evidences of inspiration this is probably the one hardest to argue against. The fact that the Bible predicts accurately the future is conclusive evidence for any reasonable person. Well, this is where you'll find no shortage of evidences. I'll mention a few here now and provide details later when I have more time. Here are just a few fulfilled prophesies:

Prophesies about the rise and fall of nations

Prophesies about Christ

Prophesies about end time events

 

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What would you accept as credible sources to prove the Bible's inspiration? If you are a believer, what evidences do you have of the Bible's inspiration?