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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 29-04-2007
Category: Bible related
Dan Brown's Bible

Dan Brown had the following to say about the Bible: "The Bible is the product of man, my dear. Not of God. The Bible did not fall magically from the clouds" (Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code, Corgi Books, 2003. p 312).

It is quite true that the Bible did not fall magically from the clouds. God knew that we would then worship it, and not even look at its message. But there are many indications in the Bible that it was not a product solely of human writers. They were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write down the message from God. "Prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21).

From the time Moses wrote down the words of God (Exodus 24:4, "Moses ... wrote down everything the Lord had said.") in the first books of the Bible in 1500 BC, a very important coming king (the Messiah) was promised. He would be the Saviour of the world. The King came (to die on a cross as a criminal). He was so important that the calendar stopped with his coming and started again at the year 1 AD. (Every day humanity writes the date they are declaring that God's Son came to earth!) In the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we have the life story of the Messiah, from the royal seed of king David. If the Bible was solely the product of human writers, surely this coming, glorious, long expected king would have been found in a royal palace in great riches like his ancestor, King David. But totally against all human expectations these authors wrote about a Jesus, born in a stable and laid in a manger. His parents were poor and his mother a virgin. They lived in Nazareth (people from the province of Galilee were despised by the Pharisees and others religious leaders in Jerusalem as uncouth, uneducated and of a lower social order). Would human authors write such strange facts about a king, if it was their own work?

His chosen disciples included uneducated fishermen. He ate with sinners. Jesus' genealogy included women of ill report, like Tamar, who seduced her father-in- law (Gen 38), Rahab, who was a harlot (Joshua 2:1-21), Bathsheba who was seduced by king David (2 Sam 11), and Mary, still unwed when she became pregnant with Jesus by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:26-38).

Jesus didn't ride on a horse as kings should, He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (John 12:14). A while later he was crucified as a threat to the nation. Why would the Savior of the world be depicted as such an unlikely personality? The people were expecting a victorious king like David who would free them from the oppressive regime of the Romans, not a king dying on a cross, labeled as a troublemaker - Luke 23:5.

The message is so strange that it could not have been the work of men. Jesus thought nothing of the Jewish taboos. He had a mission, to save sinners (Mark 2:17). They hated the Samaritans, but Jesus talked to a Samaritan woman (John 4:1-42). They hated the tax collectors since they worked for the Romans, Jesus called one to be his disciple (Matt 9:9) and regularly associated with them (Matt 9:11,12). He was harshly criticized as a sinner (John 9:24), a Samaritan (John 8:48), in league with the devil (Matt 12:24), mad (John 10:19), an illegitimate man (John 8:41). No writers could have pictured this as the promised Messiah, the son of God, unless they were guided by another agent, the Holy Spirit.

Did the writers of the Bible books know that their documents would one day be part of the eternal Canon of the Bible? No. Did they know that their writings would cause millions to come to faith? No. They wrote under the inspiration of the real Author, God. “You (God) spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant - our father David” (Acts 4:25).

Dan Brown was wrong: the Bible does come from heaven.

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"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27