I didn’t use to be sure whether the Bible was just full of good advice or writings of real experiences of real people.
But, once I learned how to find out and then took the steps, it didn’t take long. It’s really quite simple: Read, Ponder and Pray
It’s a pattern to use to find out if anything is true. The Holy Spirit will witness to us of any truth; earth-shattering or miniscule. I have also found that I can know something is true without fully understanding its meaning. Sometimes that takes a lifetime of staying on the right path. References to related scriptures also help. 🙂
The Holy Bible IS writings of real people with real experiences. Jesus Christ is a real person. He IS the Savior of the world.
The Old Testament prophets all testified of Jesus Christ (Jehovah). Through Isaiah, the Lord gave the people a sign of Christ’s birth:
Isa. 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
“And it came to pass that the words which came unto Nephi were fulfilled, according as they had been spoken; for behold, at the going down of the sun there was no darkness; and the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came.
And there were many, who had not believed the words of the prophets, who fell to the earth and became as if they were dead, for they knew that the great plan of destruction which they had laid for those who believed in the words of the prophets had been frustrated; for the sign which had been given was already at hand.”
The first Christmas Eve. I’m trying to imagine that. “Astonished” might be an understatement when the sign was given. They could see the sun go down but the sky remained light!
God does fulfill His promises. He tells His prophets what to reveal. He answers our sincere prayers.
What a fitting sign (no darkness) to give for the coming of Jesus Christ! He is, literally, the Light of the world!