The Holy Bible, the world's perennial best-seller, is the world's greatest book. It is read and beloved by people of all walks of life. It has guided the lives of peasants as well as kings and princes. Why has this book influenced millions of people, past and present?
The answer probably lies in the Bible's believability. Without knowing the facts, people implicitly trust the Bible. Was it because those people who trust it were told by their parents, elders, or even clergymen that it's the Word of God?
But reading the Bible without preconceived notions still will convince one of its authenticity. There's something in the Bible that speaks to our inner being. The style, maybe, or the narrative; or the way words are conveyed that elicit obedience. It's not like the innumerable 'How to books' that appear so methodical and mechanical in their instructions.
All of us who believe in the Holy Bible can narrow down the veracity of the Bible in three arguments: fulfilled prophecies, archaeological discoveries, and the Bible's unity.
The biblical prophecies are specific, real, and genuine. Take for example the writings of Buddha, Confucius, Lao-tse, the Koran, Jeane Dixon, or Edgar Cayce. In the first three's religious writings, you will not find a single example of predicted prophecy. In the Koran, there is one instance of specific prophecy that was fulfilled, that he, Muhammad would return to Mecca, a self-fulfilling prophecy. Quite different from the prophecy of Jesus who said that He would return from the grave. One is easily fulfilled, and the other is impossible to any human being. Jeane Dixon made many prophecies that didn't come true as well as Edgar Cayce. There are literally hundreds of very specific prophecies in the Holy Bible that were spoken hundreds of years before their fulfillment that have already come to pass. No other religious book can verify itself in this way.
The Holy Scriptures has also been proven to be historically reliable by numerous archaeological discoveries. To date, there have been more than 25,000 archaeological discoveries that have verified the names of persons, places, events and customs mentioned in the Bible.
And lastly, there is the Bible's amazing unity. Here is a book that is actually a collection of sixty-six different books, written down by more than forty different authors, over a period of over 1,500 plus years, on three different continents, in three different languages, and it addresses life's most controversial topics from beginning to end. You would think there would be chaos, confusion, and contradictions, yet the Holy Bible miraculously remains absolutely consistent and internally harmonious from beginning to end.