Mother of all wonders of the world
Various lists of the Seven Wonders of the World have been compiled from ancient times to the present day, to catalogue the world’s most spectacular natural wonders and manmade structures. The original list of the seven wonders of the world has changed many times throughout the centuries. The list as of 2018 is as follows:
Great Wall of China (China) . . .
Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro)
Machu Picchu (Peru)
Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico)
The Roman Colosseum (Rome)
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
These are all awesome wonders, but the list-compilers simply missed the greatest wonder of all and that is the Bible. It is the Mother of all wonders in all of creation!
The Holy Bible is the oldest book known to man and is comprised of a collection of 66 canonized books. It was written by 40 different authors, including shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, a former Pharisee and others, and many of these authors never knew one another personally.
When they wrote their respective books, they lived on 3 different continents, (Africa, Asia, and Europe) with varying cultures. The Bible was written over a period of 1600-2000 years in three different languages, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek. Yet when we read it, the Bible, isn’t a confused dysfunctional collection of illogical cultural, lingual and historical dissimilarities; no, it gently flows with a Living stream of knowledge that cuts through to the very inner depths of our souls, minds, and spirits as a double-edged sword…
The Bible is the most published book in history, with the widest distribution of any published work. It has been translated into more languages than any other book. It was the first book published with moveable type. It is still the #1 best seller of any book. How many have been published and distributed? No one knows – 6 billion is one estimate.
Daniel Radosh, a non-Christian and no fan of the Bible, happens to be one of the World’s Top 25 bloggers had something to say about the Bible in The New Yorker: “The familiar observation that the Bible is the best-selling book of all times obscures a more startling fact: The Bible is the best-selling book of the year, every year.” He noted that the year Harry Potter was maxing out as a best-seller, twice as many Bibles as the Harry Potter book were sold that year.
In spite of the Bible’s many authors, languages, traditions, and cultures of the various continents in which it was written, it fits together with such precision and with such commonality that absent the unfathomable intelligence of a single majestic Author: God Himself, it cannot be explained or replicated.
The Bible is unique among ancient literary works in its reliability and trustworthiness. All other works of ancient times are far less substantiated. Few people would doubt that Plato really wrote the works ascribed to him, and yet the Bible is far more authenticated. You will never find any other literary work that is remotely like it that has been written over any time span, much less 2000 years.
There are 5,366 copies of the Bible dating from the time it was written to just 70 years afterwards. That dispels the urban legend that the Bible was changed as it passed through generations and languages.
There are over 2,000 accurately fulfilled prophecies, (predictions) in the Bible. In Daniel 2 a prophecy predicted the next three world empires (up to and including the Roman Empire) and their falls
The Bible also touches on matters of science in ways that go beyond what was known to humankind at the time when everyone thought the world was flat. In Isaiah 40:22 God sits above the circle of the earth. We read about the spreading out (expansion) of the heavens (the universe) and the fact that the earth hangs in space. Job 26:10 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, At the boundary of light and darkness. Job 26:7 He stretches out the north over empty space He hangs the earth on nothing.
By comparison the Hindu Scriptures taught that the earth was set atop the backs of four elephants, who in turn stood on a giant sea-turtle that was swimming through a milky sea. When Genesis was written, the Greeks were beginning to tell of Apollos’ flight across the sky in a flaming chariot. The Egyptians were worshipping the sun as Ra, deifying it. The Mesopotamians referred to the sun as “Shamosh” and called it the god of justice. Genesis, however, calls the sun “a light in the expanse of the heavens” and views it as a thing, one created by God.
Comedians mock the Bible on their late-night shows and some university professors sneer at the book, confidently affirming that it is an irrelevant relic from a former age when people were naïve, simple and downright dumb. Even a few religious leaders give the Bible a thumbs-down rating as if it was quickly losing its popularity and relevance.
The book Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh Mc Dowell notes that if God created man with a desire to know Him, we would expect His message to have some unique properties:
- It would be widely distributed so man could attain it easily
- It would be preserved through time without corruption
- It would be completely accurate historically
- It would not be prone to scientific error or false beliefs held by the people of that time
- It would present true, unified answers to the difficult questions of life.
The Bible stands alone as the only religious text that can claim it meets all the above criteria. We also find evidence that the Bible is truly God’s Word in its indestructibility. Because of its importance and its claim to be the very Word of God, the Bible has suffered more vicious attacks and attempts to destroy it than any other book in history. From early Roman Emperors, through communist dictators and on to modern-day atheists and agnostics, the Bible has withstood and outlasted all of its attackers and is still today the most widely published book in the world.
There are over 300 separate prophecies about Jesus found there, including His style of execution (Psalm 22) approximately 1000 B.C., which is around 1,000 years before Jesus was crucified. It begins with the words Jesus shouted from the cross of His crucifixion:
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? The lament goes on detailing the forsakenness of the crucified One, and then he describes a bodily suffering which is particular to crucifixion: 14 I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, (broken pottery shard), And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
We can visualize that He is suffering terrible pains of death – but then He says something that cannot be anything but a prophecy of God’s Son, nailed to the accursed tree, suffering the wrath of God in our place: 16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. There was no such method of execution at the time this Psalm was written. But in case someone is still confused as to whom this Psalm refers, It continues in verse 18 – They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots. Just like the Roman soldiers did for Jesus’ clothing.
Perfect, pure, prophecy.
Isaiah 53, written in 730 B.C, approximately 750 years before Jesus was crucified. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
We should ask ourselves would an Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient God allow His message to be perverted, or mistranslated? If He can create all of creation, then it seems a small task to preserve His main channel of communication to His beloved children.
If the Bible is truly God’s Word, then we should cherish it, study it, obey it, and fully trust it. If the Bible is the Word of God, then to dismiss it is to dismiss God Himself. My friends the Bible is the word of God and He gave it to us because of His love for us. The Holy Bible is undoubtedly the greatest wonder in the world!
2 Timothy 3:15
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”