When looking at the Bible it is important to recognise that we are not looking at one book written by one person, but rather a library of sixty-six books written over a period of fifteen hundred years. Furthermore we need to know that these writings did not come into being because the writers thought they would give us their thoughts about God, but they were, as the Apostle Peter said, so compelled to write what they wrote regardless of the consequences (see 1 Peter 1:21/Acts 3:21).
The Bible is the only book in the world that dares to go so far as to claim itself to be inspired by God. In a world where we appear to be surrounded by all kinds of deceptions of one kind or another, we have been given a book that will help us to identify all that is false, and to show us the way of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 3:15-16/Psalm 119:160).
Evidence for the above statements can be seen in the hundreds of prophecies that are to be seen where the prophets predict certain events that would happen in the future and which were subsequently fulfilled years later. In particular there are many prophecies concerning Jesus Christ; telling us the circumstances surrounding His birth, giving us some detail of His life and many prophecies relating to His death and resurrection. If the Bible is just an ordinary book then the question we have to ask ourselves is, how were these prophets able to speak of all these things hundreds of years before they happened?
Further evidence is seen in the historical records that can be referred to concerning certain events recorded in the Bible, for example the names of the rulers and governors who were in charge at the time of Christ’s ministry (Luke 3:1). Again in the Old Testament we will find the names of a number of kingdoms that can be verified by historical documents. In the last two hundred years there have been many archaeological discoveries which again give support to what has been written in the Bible.
Another point for our consideration is the unity and consistency that runs throughout the Bible. This is even more amazing when one considers the fact that those who made their contribution to these writings lived at different periods of time and in different locations of the Middle-East. Where else do we find a library of books written over so many hundreds of years that are so united in the message they give?
The last point I would add is that when we read through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we will find that Jesus believed the Old Testament Bible implicitly and used it as the authority for all that He taught (Matt. 5:17-18/Luke 24:44-46).
I would just add is that the best way to be convinced the Bible is indeed the Word of God is to read it for yourself, and to be ready to respond to all that it teaches.