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Why should we believe that the Bible is God's Word and not something concocted by humans?

Below is a table containing information on some important volumes of historical literature:


How do we gauge the authenticity of an historical document?

This is briefly how historians and scientists evaluate a document's authenticity.

The late Professor FF Bruce was one of the world’s foremost Textual History critics (and a non-Christian) at the time that he said:
“The interval then between the dates of original composition and the earliest extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible, especially when compared to the dates of academically accepted Historical documents such as those detailing Roman History. The last foundation for any doubt that the scripts of the Old and New Testaments have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed. Both the authenticity and the general integrity of these works may now be finally established and proved,
probably to be the most authentic historical documents known to man.  !!

One therefore has to go beyond mere skepticism about the authenticity of these Books – in fact, anyone who denies that these books are factual and genuine, must therefore doubt all historical literature written in the last 3 millennia, because there is not a single historical document that has anywhere near the scientific credentials that the Bible has as being authentic.
Having established therefore, according to irrefutable scientific and academic evidence that the Bible is, as far as we can possibly prove, authentic, we need to examine its contents. 

What the Bible actually says (to cut a long story short!) is that it’s contents are the Word of God, that God created man and a son called Jesus who was God incarnate, who walked on water, who parted the seas, who made men who were born without eyes see, who turned water to wine, who fed thousands with 5 fish, who raised the dead, who performed so many incredible miracles that really only a God could perform and who selflessly died for man’s fallen nature. Many of these facts are verified by other historical documents of the same period, including much Hebraic literature and even the Qu’ran