The superiority of the teachings of the Bible is very evident to an open-minded person.  For example, the wisdom of Solomon as found in Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon is well-known to those who have read the Bible.  Proverbs gives solid wisdom in how to live one's life in a practical way.  Ecclesiastes shows the folly of living to please ourselves.  Rather, this thundering truth comes from Solomon after all his trialsthe and errors in the very last 2 verses of the book:

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (ESV)
13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

The Song of Solomon depicts the love Solomon had for his wife, and the love she had for him.  It is focused on the importance of the husband and wife loving one another, and this model of love should inform even this increasing pagan Western Culture.  It is the backdrop for Paul's teachings on the love of Christ for His church, and this divine love as being a model for love between a Christian husband and his wife (Eph 5:22-33).

The Psalms, most of which were written by David, are remarkable for their highest praise for God and their total dependence on God.  We read these and realize the panorama of human emotion that is being expressed to God.  We realize that we can go to our Heavenly Father with any need, and confess our sins and our troubles before Him, and He will hear us and help us.

We see the impartiality of the Bible.  It is honest.  The heroes are real people who make real mistakes that affect their lives.  Nothing is done to hide these faults.  The Bible also presents their strengths.  It is this very unique nature of the Bible that makes us realize that the Bible is unique among all the books of antiquity.  We can trust it to give us truth.

MOSES

In the Old Testament, Moses looms large, for he is the one human through whom God gave the Israelites the Law.  In 1446 B.C., there were no written laws of the nature that we find in the Mosaic Law.  The moral code of the Old Testament is based on the Mosaic Law, and is focused in the 10 Commandments.  When the Mosaic Law was written, nothing could compare with it.

As we read the prophets, it becomes clear that although men drifted away from obeying the Mosaic Law, God did not change His expectations that Israel must obey His Law.  As God had foretold the Israelites in Deut 27-28, there would be blessing if they followed His Law.  But if the Israelites did not follow His Law, then there would be cursing instead of blessings.  This is the promise that God kept toward His people Israel for the remainder of the Old Testament, and all these things were found written in the Mosaic Law.

CHRIST


The Sermon on the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch

However, the highest moral standards that have ever been taught in the world were taught by Jesus Christ.  The moral standards as found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) are unsurpassed by any teacher.  Clearly Jesus was greater in wisdom than Solomon.  It was Jesus who put the 600+ laws in the Mosaic Law into focus and priority:

Mark 12:30-31 (ESV)
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Jesus also made it clear that loving God with all you are must express itself in a love for and an obedience to God's commands (John 14:15, 21, 23; 15:10; 1 John 2:3; 5:3; 2 John 6; Matt 28:20).  Love for others is also summed up in a most challenging manner:

Matthew 7:12 (ESV)
12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

In both of these statements, Jesus is able to sum up the Law and the prophets, and to teach us a clear direction for our own obedience as Christians.  This is divine wisdom.  It is all based on love for God and love for fellow man.

And yet, this love, especially for a fellow Christian, is even more challenging, and it is based on Christ's own sacrificial life:

John 13:34-35 (ESV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 15:13 (ESV)
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

But Jesus died not only for his friends, but also for his enemies.  Therefore, the summation of these superior teachings are found in Christ.  By His own example and His own death on the cross, He calls us to have love for God, love for our fellowman, and so much love for another Christian that we would be willing to die for him/her.

This was a radial message, a transforming message.  It was a call to radical repentance (1 Cor 6:9-12).  It was the message of eternal life.  This message transformed the Roman world.  It is this message that can still transform us today, if we but trust and obey.


ENDNOTES:
  1. For this page, I owe much to Ted Stewart's book, Apologetics II: New Discoveries that Confirm the Bible, Sunset International Bible Institute, Lubbock, TX, pp 63-64.