When trying to convince a skeptic the Bible is true, you share with them mostly factual knowledge, not just opinions and personal experiences. Here are four things you can share with a sceptic to convince them the Bible is valid, hopefully leading them to a conversion experience by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, thus saving their soul from hell and the eventual lake of fire.
What the Bible Is
The Bible consists of sixty-six books. Thirty-nine books make up the Old Testament. Twenty-seven books make up the New Testament. All sixty-six books were written over a two thousand year period, from about 2000 B.C. to 40 A.D.. The thirty-nine books of the Old Testament were written over a sixteen hundred year period. The twenty-seven New Testament books were written during a forty year span.
The Bible was written from three different continents. Three languages were used; Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew. The Bible was written amidst different culture settings, historical perspectives and personalities with various vocations.
Various styles of writing were used: Historical, Law, Poetry, Prophesy, Biographies, Songs, Letters, Parables and Proverbs.
The proof the Bible is divinely inspired is made clear when one sees there is one theme thread throughout the Bible even though it was written by forty different authors over a two thousand year period. That one theme was God's plan of redemption, man being reconciled to his creator, God. The Bible is God revealing Himself and His will to man, not what man thinks about God.
Understanding what the Bible is, how it was divinely inspired, reverently written and then carefully compiled is a huge first step toward proving the Bible IS the Word of God!