In answering this question, we are opposing the teachings of especially the liberal theologians who so desperately want us to believe it is just a human book, not the precious supernatural book that it is. The origin of the Bible is from heaven (extraterrestrial). It was mediated by the Holy Spirit who empowered chosen prophets and apostles to write down God’s message without error, not loosing their own distinctive style and manners.
The Bible was written by 40 writers (it is difficult to pinpoint the exact number, because not every book has a clearly marked author), over a period of 1500 years. To understand the uniqueness of this, think about the following: if the first writer began writing in 500 AD the last one would just be finished. Over this long time span 66 different books were not only written, but were compiled into one volume which has become the standard for the church all through the ages. One immediately wonders: did the authors know that what they were writing would become part of an eternal book (Psalm 119:89)? This phenomenon that so many different men, with different backgrounds, living in different places at different times in the history of Israel, contributed to a book that would change the destiny of civilization, has never been witnessed in the history of the world. Who decided that books like the following, would NOT be part of the Bible: The Book of the Wars of the Lord, The Book of Jasher, The Chronicles of the Kings of Israel, Annotations on the Book of the Kings, the letter to Laodicea, the Apocryphal books?
As an example that these books did not come from the imaginations of men, but were inspired by God, take the book of Genesis. It was written at least 1400 BC.
- How would the author, Moses imagine that the earth had been created in 6 days? It flies in the mind of man to imagine that the universe was created in one week. It would be strange for a Jew, living 1500 BC, to know that he should write that creation took place in six days. He was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write it.
- Why six days of creation, and then one day of rest? Is it coincidence that we still keep the seven day rhythm after all this time? France and Russia tried to change it, but were unsuccessful and returned to it.
- Why creation in six days? Did Moses know that God, the omnipotent One, displayed His power to renew the earth in future in a very short time? Because the creation of the first earth and heavens took place nearly instantly, the new heaven and earth will be created as fast (2 Peter 3:10). The children of God will not have to wait millions of years for their eternal abode. The millions of years on earth were not at the beginning (evolution), but come at the end (eternity).
- How did the writer of Genesis know that God created the different creatures according to their kinds (Genesis 1:21ff)? Even to this day there seems to be a barrier that causes them to remain locked in their kinds. Birds remain birds, bees remain bees, et cetera, all according to their kinds. Did Moses know anything about the fossil record that would vindicate this?
- It is the same with the Genesis flood: did Moses know that it would change the geological surface of the earth; that the mud and landslides would cause millions of creatures to be fossilized; that it would lead to endless speculation about a flood on Mars thousands of years later, while people deny the world-wide flood on earth?
How did these writers write about things that only God could have revealed to them? Please remember that the writers of the Bible did not have modern communications, computers, easy access of the internet, and transport that takes you all over the world in a short time.
- How did all the writers of the Bible touch on the same central motive, namely the coming of the Messiah who would be a living sacrifice? His death on the cross would make it possible for man to live with God for eternity on the new earth, after human history has ended.
- How did the writer of the book of Job (who lived more than 2000 BC) know that there would be a resurrection? Jesus who was the first to rise from the dead lived in AD 33 (Job 19:26- 27)?
- How did Isaiah know that the earth will be renovated, and restored (Isaiah 65:17) hundreds of years before Peter wrote that it will be destroyed by fire and then renewed (2 Peter 3:10-13)? We are still waiting for this promise.
- The writers were mostly Jewish, living in the land of Israel. How could they know that 1900 years later their descendants, after experiencing cruel persecution in many countries, with Hitler being the worst, would come back to their land? How could they know that scarcely was Israel declared a state, when the descendants of Ishmael attacked them, who are the descendants of Isaac? Would they have had any idea that Jerusalem, the city of peace, God’s city, would be invaded by enemies of God, and that continual warfare is expected?
- Could these writers foresee that Christians at various times would be persecuted, and their Bibles destroyed? In post modern times, we see an increased battle against the faith of the followers of Jesus? Why is the Bible the only book that gets such treatment? We should have had many books written by men that are treated like this, if the Bible had a normal human origin.
Only one book in the history of mankind has had such an influence on civilizations, nations and individuals. Only one book has led to so many books and commentaries written to glorify the wonderful Savior it introduces. Man could never have produced it by his own creativity. Then we would have had many other ‘bibles.’