There is a simple solution, a shortcut to truth: start with the Bible first and investigate it thoroughly. Why start there? Not just because the Bible claims to be the only inspired Word of the one true God who created us. It also claims that all of the world’s religions and their scriptures are false and actually in the service of Satan. The Bible calls Satan “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians:4:4) and thus the author of its religions. So if the Bible is true, we have saved ourselves a lifetime of vain searching through false systems.
In fact, we can prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that every word in the Bible is true. Entire books by many authors offer this proof in detail. We have also presented it extensively in other writings. Here we can only provide enough information for each reader to be able to study further in order to confirm the absolute truth of the Bible to his or her own satisfaction.
The Bible has several unique features not found in the scriptures of the world’s religions, making it possible to substantiate its claims. Christianity is not a philosophy, mystical experience, or esoteric practice. Nor are the major doctrines of Christianity a matter of mere dogma and belief. They are intricately tied into established history. In contrast to the world’s religions, all of which are based to a large extent upon legends, Christianity alone is based upon undeniable and historical facts. Its doctrines can thus be evaluated on the basis of evidence.
Furthermore, many of the Bible’s major events and teachings were prophesied centuries and even thousands of years beforehand in understandable language. Their actual fulfillment is part of recorded world history. The Bible stands upon a four-fold foundation, every part of which can be examined and verified: 1) prophecy foretelling events and doctrines in advance, 2) fulfillment of those prophecies in detail, 3) secular history testifying to the fulfillment of prophecies and events, and 4) factual data corroborated by archaeology and science. None of this is the case with the teachings or scriptures of any of the world’s religions.
Such differences set the Bible apart as absolutely unique. In fact, Christianity, which is based upon the Bible, cannot even be counted among the religions of the world. Christianity does not seek accommodation, much less ecumenical partnership, with world religions; it seeks their overthrow as hopelessly false and destructive to mankind. That may come as a shock to some readers, but it is the clear teaching of the Bible. Christ himself, as we have already quoted, denounced as “thieves and robbers” all who sought to get to heaven except through Him. Such bold claims cannot be lightly dismissed. They deserve to be carefully evaluated.