This morning our family finished a multi-day consideration of the proofs for “revelation” and “inspiration” given by Finis Jennings Dake in his God’s Plan for Man (Lawrence, Georgia: Dake Publishing, 1949), which we are studying in our after breakfast Bible reading time. This report consists of brief summaries of the 25 proofs given in section VII of Lesson 2 of God’s Plan for Man, supplemented in square brackets by comments from our discussion or by me personally. Biblical quotations are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.
1. Its wonderful unity. Over 40 men from all walks of life in various lands, many of whom never knew what the others wrote on the same subjects, wrote the 66 books of the Bible during a period of over 1,800 years. “Collect together 40 books on the same subject, each written by a different author, and see how many contradictions and controversies exist among the writers.… But there is perfect unity between the books of the Bible.… This proves there is one divine author for all 66 books” (Dake, page 17).
2. Its superiority to other books. The Bible is superior to all other books in its unique origin, its message, its structure, its benefits to man, its circulation, and its popularity.
3. Its influence in the world. The teachings of the Bible have changed and enlightened millions of lives in every generation.
4. The character of those who accept it proves the Bible to be inspired of God. Those who grow in holiness and consecration to the good of others accept the Bible. Only infidels, skeptics, and the ungodly reject the Bible.
5. The greatness of those who accept it as a revelation from God proves that it is more than an ordinary human project. The greatest thinkers and representative of all ages since Christ have openly confessed their faith in the Bible as the Word of God. [Dake gives quotes from several famous men. Some of them are given under “What Great Men Have Said About the Bible” at https://awmach.net/library/dake/inspiration_of_the_bible.%5D
6. Man could not have written the Bible if he would, nor would he have written it if he could. History does not record a single instance where a critic of the Bible ever tried to improve it.
7. Good men must have written the Bible. The Bible condemns all sin and some of its writers recorded their own sins. Evil men wouldn’t do either unless divine power moved him to do so to profit others.
8. All men’s needs are met by the Bible. Every promise in the Bible has been fulfilled in the lives of men who have met the conditions, and so it must be from God who fulfills these promises.
9. The preservation of the Bible through the ages proves its inspiration. Whole kingdoms and religions have tried to destroy the Bible, but it has weathered every storm and still exists.
10. The heavenly character of its contents proves the Bible to be a revelation from God.
11. The response of the soul to the Bible proves its source. The Bible meets the deepest needs of the soul by solving its problems and presenting a way out of its slavery to sin and Satan.
12. The infinite depth and lofty ideals of the Bible prove a divine author. The Bible is inexhaustible and infinite in its coverage of truth for this life and the one yet to come. Men have found in to be practical in serving every common purpose and meeting every requirement. [Dake lists numerous purposes it serves and requirements it meets. Some of them are given in #11 of “20 Proofs the Bible Is Inspired” at https://awmach.net/library/dake/inspiration_of_the_bible.%5D
13. Fulfilled prophecy proves the inspiration of Scripture. About 3,268 verses of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and 3,140 verses of prophecies are being fulfilled and will yet be fulfilled. Not one detail of any prediction that should have been fulfilled up to the writing of God’s Plan for Man has failed.
14. Miracles also prove the divine revelation of the Bible. Millions of men have been healed of diseases through the centuries by obedience to the Bible.
15. The testimony of the New Testament to the inspiration of the Old Testament. In all his teachings Jesus referred to the divine authority of the Old Testament. He quoted it 78 times and the apostles quoted it 209 times. In hundreds of places the Old Testament predicted the events of the New Testament.
16. The claims of the Bible and its writers prove its inspiration. Over 3,800 times Bible writers claimed in such expressions as “Thus saith the Lord” that what they wrote was from God. The Bible claims that all of it is inspired (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
17. Its perfection. The many thousands of copies of the original writings of the authors of the Bible are so perfect that they prove the perfection of the originals.
18. The Bible is scientifically correct. Many things stated in the Bible about various subjects of study have been proven true as man scientifically studies these things.
19. The Bible is historically correct. Hundreds of statements in the Bible about history and geography which in times past have been held untrue by enemies of the Bible have recently been proven true by archaeologists.
20. Its universal adaptability for all ages and all peoples. The Bible is always up to date on any subject. It fits the lives of all people of all times and places.
21. The spiritual power of the Bible. The Bible meets and satisfies all of man’s spiritual needs.
22. Twenty centuries have not improved it. All books written and rewritten by man without inspiration can and are constantly being improved. This can’t be done with the Bible.
23. The doctrines of the Bible are contrary to all human teachings. The teachings of the Bible are so different from human teachings (see 1 Corinthians 2:14) that the Bible must be of God.
24. The genuineness and authenticity of the Bible proves it to be an inspired revelation from God. “Genuineness” means that the books were actually written when and by whom they are ascribed. “Authenticity” means that the Bible relates truthfully the matters that it treats and that its contents are the same today as when they were originally written. The Bible’s genuineness and authenticity rest upon (1) the claims of the Bible itself, (2) secular history, (3) manuscripts, (4) lectionaries—portions of the Bible that were read in church, (5) patristic quotations—quotations from early Christian writers, (6) ancient and modern versions, and (7) archaeology. [Dake expounds separately on each of these except archaeology. The one that impressed us most was the support of secular history for the Bible’s genuineness and authenticity.]
25. The Bible must be from God because of the inexhaustible proofs of its inspiration. It would take a lifetime to search out and many volumes to record all the proofs that the Bible is a revelation from God inspired by the Holy Spirit.
[Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible (Lawrenceville, Georgia: Dake Bible Sales, 1963) gives a list of 20 proofs that the Bible is inspired on page 241 of its New Testament. They are reproduced under “20 Proofs the Bible Is Inspired” at https://awmach.net/library/dake/inspiration_of_the_bible.%5D