To break down the faith of believers, and prevent others from entering into the kingdom of God, atheists, skeptics and liberal theologians concentrate on trying to prove that the Bible has a human origin. That is the logical method, since the Bible is the foundation of faith and knowledge about God.
The Bible’s contents was mediated by the Holy Spirit to chosen writers. Therefore it is a divine product. The importance of this issue of divine origin can scarcely be over stressed. Man is asked by God in Scripture, to give his life to Jesus, to be transformed by Him, to live for Him, to become like Him, to be part of the bride of Christ. We need a reliable revelation before we will completely commit ourselves to such an all encompassing cause. To doubt after you have started off on this course, is to fall into the trap of the devil (James 1:6).
How reliable is this gospel? God tells us through Paul: ‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned’ (Galatians 1:8).
Do we have any scriptural basis for the divine origin of the Bible? We do. If we believe the message of salvation, or of the virgin birth or resurrection of Jesus, then we have no reason to reject the following verses:
- Galatians 1:11-12 - ‘I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.’ Compare this to Revelation 1:1 which says the same: It is a revelation from Jesus.
- Romans 16:25-26 - ‘the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey Him ’ Note: God commanded that the mystery (which is Jesus) be made known through the writings of the prophets. This emphasizes the divine origin of the Scriptures.
- Titus 1:1-3 - ‘Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness - a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at His appointed season He brought His word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Saviour.’ Note! God doesn’t lie, He commanded that the word be brought to light through the preaching of Paul.
God commanded that His words be brought to light at the appointed time. To think that men out of their own ideas could produce 66 books like those of the Bible, is malicious deceit inspired by the devil. Reading carefully, asking the Holy Spirit for guidance, and understanding that God is talking to us through His Word, will prepare us for an eternal life, which is much better than we can ever ask or imagine (Efesians 3:20). A thousand years from now we won’t be able to understand why we ever doubted the powerful Word of God.