When you complete this lesson, you’ll be able to list key features of the Bible that show that it’s practical and reliable.
1. Reliable guidance for everyday life
The Bible contains wisdom that can help to improve our family life, our work, and even our health. People have valued the Bible so highly that it has become by far the most widely distributed book of all time.
“A calm heart gives life to the body.”
“There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.”
Summary of Section 1
The Bible’s practical wisdom is helping people to find happiness and fulfillment. It can help you too.
2. A sure hope for the future
The Bible contains not only practical wisdom for today but also a wonderful hope for the future.
To Think About
Which Bible promise appeals to you most?
The blind will see
The lame will walk
The dead will be raised up
Everyone will have perfect health
All of them; I can’t pick just one
It’s difficult to overemphasize the importance of sight. It’s been estimated that most people take in about 85 percent of what they learn through their eyes. Those whose vision is impaired usually do all they can to improve it.
Most people take the ability to walk for granted—until that ability is impaired. If you’re limited by an injury or a disease, you can keenly appreciate the simple joy of walking on your own two feet.
That’s a common response. You may wonder, though, ‘Can I really trust what the Bible promises?’ The next section of this lesson will give you a sound reason to do so.
Summary of Section 2
The Bible’s message of hope for the future sets it apart from other books.
3. Accurate prophecy
The Bible includes prophecy—history written in advance. Bible writers predicted future events that later happened just as foretold. This unique feature of the Bible indicates that it comes from a Source higher than humankind.
See for yourself the Bible’s accurate prophecy about the conquest of Babylon. Each detail is confirmed by historical records, including the Nabonidus Chronicle and the history of Herodotus.*
Isaiah 44:27; 45:1
“The One saying to the deep waters, ‘Be evaporated, and I will dry up all your rivers.’”
“This is what Jehovah [God] says to his anointed one, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have taken hold of to subdue nations before him, to disarm kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut.”
Pick the statement that describes the Bible’s accurate prophecy about the conquest of Babylon.
An Assyrian army would use a battering ram to break down the gates
A conqueror named Cyrus would dry up a river, his army would enter through open gates, and he would succeed without a battle
The walls of Babylon would miraculously collapse
Such a prediction might have appeared likely to come true. In Isaiah’s time, the Assyrians used battering rams effectively and seemed unbeatable. Yet, the Bible foretold something else.
Excellent! The prophecy included all these details.
Although Babylon’s walls did eventually collapse into ruins as foretold, the Bible doesn’t indicate that this happened miraculously.
Correct. The Bible claims to contain God’s message, not the thoughts of the men who wrote it.
Summary of Section 3
We considered two of the Bible’s many accurate, detailed prophecies. These indicate that the Bible comes from a Source higher than humankind.
Now let’s review some key points to help you remember what you’ve learned.
Review 1 of 3
Who can benefit from the Bible? Pick the best answer.
You might be surprised to learn that many with no religious background have found that the Bible’s wisdom is helping them to improve their lives every day. Check out the links at the end of this lesson for examples.
Very good. The Bible’s practical advice has proved successful in all areas of the world. In addition, the Bible is by far the most widely translated and circulated book of all time—truly a book for all people.
Review 3 of 3
True or False: Bible prophecies include specific details.
Pick the best answer. What would identify a book from God?
It would be useful only to those in specific areas or from certain cultures
It would be impossible to comprehend
It would tell people what they want to hear
It would contain practical wisdom and accurate prophecy
No matter where it was written, God’s message should be useful to all people.
There would be little need for God to provide such a message; people could provide it for themselves.
That’s right. You’ve examined three features that mark the Bible as being not only unique but also inspired by a Source higher than mankind.
The Bible contains . . .
- Reliable guidance for everyday life
- A sure hope for the future
- Accurate prophecy
Does God have a name? Can you get to know God? Lesson 1.2, “Who Is God, the Creator?,” will answer those questions.