God is the author of the Bible. Men recorded the scriptures, but God was the source of the truths revealed. The Bible tells us how God did this when it says, "...but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God" (2 Peter 1:21). The word translated moved means "to be pushed along by." They did not write their own ideas; they wrote the ideas God wanted written. Forty writers during a period of fifteen hundred years wrote the message as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Christ Revealed God's Will
Even Christ did not originate His own message, but revealed God's will: "For I did not speak on my own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak" (John 12:49). Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to His apostles in order that they might understand, teach, and write with accuracy. He said, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you" (John 14:26).
Not From Men
The Bible writers made no claim of originality. Rather, they attributed their message to God through the Spirit: "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit..." (I Corinthians 2:12-13). The Bible claims to be the word of God. More than 3,000 times it uses such expressions as "God said" and "God spoke." We should respect the Bible as the authoritative word of God.
Follow the Bible
Authority rests in the written word, not in the church. Jesus told His disciples to go preach and teach the things He had commanded: "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and made disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you..." (Matthew 28:18b-20a). The church resulted from this instruction; it did not produce the instruction. See Acts 2:1-47. The Bible contains the instructions of Christ and those teachings given His apostles by the Holy Spirit. It alone should be our guide.
The Bible contains evidence that it is from God. Although it was written over a period of fifteen hundred years by forty different writers, it contains no contradictions. How is it possible that writers from different backgrounds writing a various times in history could produce such a work without contradictions? This alone is conclusive evidence. But there is much more evidence.
The miracles of the Bible are recorded as evidence of its divine origin. One may logically examine the details of these miracles and find reason to accept them as valid. The supreme miracle was the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Bible is historically accurate. No historical error has been found in the Bible. Can the same be said of any other book of history?
The Bible is scientifically correct. For example, it says God suspended the earth upon nothing (Job 26:7). This was written long before scientists understood the laws of gravity.
The Bible is used by archaeologists in the excavation of ancient cities. Its descriptions of Babylon, Nineveh, and Jerusalem are correct in every detail.
Ancient myths are biased and partial. The Bible is impartial. It describes the denial of Jesus by Peter, the terrible sin of David, and the prejudice of Jonah. Each of its characters was real and no attempt was made to make them larger than life.
Consider the Bible prophecies concerning Nineveh (Isaiah 10:12-14; Zephaniah 2:13-15; and The Book of Nahum), Babylon (Isaiah 13:17-22; Jeremiah 50-51), and Tyre (Ezekiel 26-28). These were fulfilled by people who did not know they were fulfilling prophecy.
The fifty-third chapter of Isaiah prophesied the crucifixion of Christ in graphic detail. There are approximately 250 other fulfilled prophecies of Christ in the Bible.
We must conclude that God wrote the Bible by sending the Holy Spirit to guide the men who used the actual tools of writing. Although the doctrines of men often contradict each other, God's message is without contradicion and without error. We need to study the Bible in order to understand God's will for us.
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