A suspicious fire in Vancouver at a Khalsa School in 2009 destroyed the entire school, but the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee (the Sikh holy book) completely survived the fire and was recovered. Authorities do not know the cause of the fire, but it appeared to be suspicious because it rapidly engulfed one building and two portable classrooms at virtually the same time.
When the fire was finally extinguished, firefighters entered the buildings and recovered the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee. Even though the condition of the book was not known as it was brought out covered with a white cloth, members of the temple attributed that it was God’s will that protected the book.
Christianity teaches and believes that the Bible alone is the revealed Word of God. Even though humans wrote the Bible, the ultimate author was God. We have internal evidences such as its unity (66 individuals books, written on three continents, in three different languages, over a period of 1500 years, by more than 40 authors from various walks of life and yet remains unified from beginning to end) and its prophecies (relating to future nations, cities, Jesus the Messiah that more detailed as compared to prophecies in other religious books).
We have external evidences such as historicity of the Bible as it detailed historical events that could be proven using archeological evidences and other writings. Another external evidence is the integrity of its human authors. In studying their lives, we discover that they are honest and sincere. They were willing to die for what they believed shows that these honest authors truly believed God had spoken to them.
If we are to believe that the Bible is truly God’s Word, it begs the question, “Why did God “protect” the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee?” We know for a fact that the Bible has suffered more vicious attacks and attempts to destroy it than any other book in history. From Roman Emperors such as Diocletian, to communist dictators and to modern-day atheists and agnostics, the Bible has withstood and outlasted all its attackers. As a result, it would make sense that the Bible would be supernaturally protected given it is God’s True Word.
If I were to attempt to rationalize this (which I find extremely difficult given the fact that an imperfect being attempting to rationalize a perfect being), I come up with three possible explanations:
1) It was just a coincidence that the Holy Book survived.
2) Since the fire was suspiciously set, someone in the temple could have deliberately set the fire in order to strengthen those Sikhs whose faith were weak. The temple leaders could say to them, “Look! Our holy was not damaged in the fire. It must be divine intervention!” But, this seems unlikely.
3)The other explanation deals in the realm of spiritual warfare. If Christians believe that God’s desire is to have and maintain a relationship with His children, then they can say that Satan’s desire is to break or damage God’s relationship with His children. In that case the survival of the Sikh holy book was allowed to challenge to the faith of Christians with a counterfeit miracle. BC