Another piece of incontrovertible evidence for the Bible’s claim to be the divinely inspired Word of God is its influence on our world. Not only has it had more influence on our world than any other book in history, but it has had more influence on our world than all other books put together.
The world’s calendar and most of its holidays stem from the Bible. The Bible has greatly influenced the fine arts. It has inspired the writings of such literary geniuses as Milton, Ruskin and Shakespeare. It has inspired famous paintings of Scriptural scenes by artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Michelangelo. And it has proven to be our world’s most prolific wellspring of inspiring music. For instance, Johann Sebastian Bach devoted most of his musical genius to Bible- centered music.
Like its immeasurable influence on the world, the Bible’s influence on America has been equally immeasurable. According to Christopher Columbus, it was certain passages in Isaiah that inspired the voyage upon which he discovered the Americas. America’s first settlers were people seeking freedom to read and interpret the Bible for themselves. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are rooted in the Bible. Our country’s most important government buildings all display quotes from the Bible. And our presidents have always been sworn into office with their right hand on the Bible.
Did you know that nine out of our country’s first ten colleges were founded by churches, and the tenth by an evangelist, George Whitfield? Did you know that ninety-five percent of our country’s current colleges and universities were originally founded by Christian organizations? Did you know that our modern nursing system is modeled after our Lord’s parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)? And did you know that the symbol of our country’s medical profession comes from the biblical story of the brazen serpent (Numbers 21:8-9)?
What other explanation is there for the Bible’s unparalleled impact upon our world apart from its claim of divine inspiration? Surely, its claim is true, for nothing else but the Word of God could leave such an indelible impression upon our world.