A recent Gallup Poll revealed that only 28 percent of Americans believe that the Bible can be taken literally. Half of the population believes it is inspired but can't be taken literally. This is interesting considering the fact that the vast majority of Americans don't even read the Bible consistently. Let's examine these two questions: Can the Bible be taken literally? Is it inspired?
People who do not believe in the inspiration of the Bible are ignoring one huge fact: the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Dozens of prophecies made in the Old and New Testaments thousands of years ago have been fulfilled, and some are being fulfilled right now in our current events, literally and to the exact detail. That one thing alone should tell them something.
How about taking the Bible literally? The Bible is a book that is backed up by archaeological findings, culture, and history. History is history. Would one doubt the history books that are read in our schools? Then why doubt the Bible? The reason is that probably many people don't want to accept the message of the Bible, which sometimes is one of judgment and accountability to a Creator. However, the message is also one of divine intervention and God's love for mankind in need of salvation.
When one talks about taking the Bible literally, there have to be some distinctions drawn. First of all, there are figures of speech and other forms of language usage all through the Bible that are not necessarily literal. However, the stories of the Old and New Testaments can be taken literally because there is no reason not to. They are part of recorded history, and people do not have the option to decide what is historical and what is not. Would you choose to believe that Hitler was historical but Abraham Lincoln was not? Of course you wouldn't. Some people like to believe that Jesus did not really die and that He did not physically and literally rise from the dead. History, however, says that this actually happened, and assuming the Bible is inspired, it is not going to lie or deceive.
People who say that the Bible is not literal and not inspired, quite frankly, do not know the facts. Have they taken the time to look at the evidence? There are plenty of books on the subject, and a person can even check them out in the public libraries.
Those who say it is myths, fairy tales, or some other form other than literal and inspired really have no basis for their beliefs. They are welcome to their opinions, but their opinions are not based upon fact.
Proverbs 14:1 " The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."
Proverbs 16:25 "There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death."
1 Corinithians 1:18 "For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE."…