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The Bible, written or recorded?
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
Was the written Word of God, the Bible, the work of men, the brain child of fertile minds? Was it written much like Shakespeare wrote his literary works? Was the New Testament the ideals of the church of the first century? Were the teachings of Jesus modified and adapted? Did men like Luke, John, or Moses write their own opinions in the Bible? Is the Book merely a product of man’s foolish thinking? These are statements heard in our Post Modern society, but do they make sense?
That the Bible was authored merely by men is not possible. The information in the Bible is at times foreign to human thinking. The ways and outcomes of God’s dealings in history are more often than not, surprising. That is why 1 Corintians 2:6-8 says, that the recorder does not speak a message of the “wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” God the Holy Spirit inspired fallible eye-witnesses, prophets, leaders, kings and scribes to record the perfect words of God without errors. If men wrote this book by their own inspiration, there are some very incongruous statements. Let us examine a few.
- How did these writers know the character of God? Yet they recorded his workings in the lives of the people in Bible history.
- How did they know that their writings would be part of the eternal Scriptures and be so powerful that even today the world either loves or hates it? Churches multiply, more books are written about the wonderful Jesus and theological colleges are found all over.
- Where did they get the idea that all men are fallen and imperfect, and can only be saved from eternal punishment by Jesus Christ’s precious blood, shed on a Cross?
- Why did Jesus have to be born in the bloodline of Abraham and David to fulfill the covenant God made with them? Why was the old covenant of Sinai replaced by a new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31)?
- How did men who only lived for a few years on earth write an account of events that span centuries? Many things that would happen, like the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, were prophesied far ahead of their fulfillment (Isaiah 53:1-12). Only God knew what would happen in the future and could tell the writers of the Bible what to pen down. How can ordinary men shape history - for example, Isaiah prophesy in 700 BC that Babylon would fall, long before it happened in 538 BC (Isaiah 13:19-20)?
- Jesus Christ was portrayed as a king and yet he did not live in a palace, but had no place to lay his head. In John 19:14b Pilate, the Roman governor says to the Jews, ‘Here is your King’. Standing in front of the Jews was a man, scourged, bleeding, beaten, bound, thorn-crowned, falsely accused; a man they wanted crucified. They chose to have a murderer released instead of the man who claimed to be the King of an invisible Kingdom. Jesus was a King, treated like a common criminal, and ridiculed by the nation? Could this have been thought out by men?
- The portrayal of the disciples of Jesus. These twelve privileged men proved to be cowards when Jesus was arrested, tried and crucified. They ran away to escape possible arrest or recognition as Jesus’ disciples. Peter denied Him thrice. Even women had more courage than they. Women stood by during his crucifixion. They went to the tomb to anoint the dead body of Jesus, but He was not there. Three of the writers of the Gospels were Jews, and yet they gave witness as to the cowardly, fearing, failing character of the disciples of Jesus. No proud Jew would write such humiliating facts about his fellow country men.
- Who ever would write about Jesus, coming down to be humiliated, killed, and then resurrected in a totally different body that comes and goes through walls, yet eats, talks, and gives instructions about the Kingdom of God?
- Jesus was the Creator, the Son of God, who came from heaven. He returned to heaven after his Resurrection on Ascension day. Then the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, Guide and Teacher was sent by Jesus to comfort, guide and teach the disciples through the ages. Who would portray such a conquering King, with His followers only equipped by the Holy Spirit and what He teaches them?
- The character and conduct of disciples through the ages. They are taught in the Bible to be humble, to be washers of feet and care for others. They would be persecuted, killed, take up their crosses and deny the world, follow Jesus, be hated or loved like he was and carry the message of salvation and resurrection into all the world. Where would people get such ideas to write about?
It is better to talk about the recorders of the Bible message, instead of the authors. They faithfully, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, recorded God’s words. Their writings, are flawless, pure, the Word of God. These recordings are eternal, powerful, active, not because it is their words, but because it is the words of the Creator God who created by words. This is why we can believe the Bible and know that it will never pass away. This is why the Bible is so loved and hated - loved by the children of God, and hated by the children of the devil. The Bible is the Word of God.