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Answering Myths About the Bible Part 3

In our third segment of dealing with Bible myths, I want to address the idea of who wrote the Bible. There is a claim about the Bible being just another book written by men, and sometimes this myth is accompanied by the idea that it was written to control people. Which, of course, according to the post-modernist view, is the truth about every truth claim – except those who are making this truth claim about every other truth claim.

There are two comments made by B. B. Warfield in his book “Inspiration and Authority of the Bible” about inerrancy which stand out as crucial: “If they [the biblical writers] are trustworthy teachers of doctrine and if they held and taught this doctrine, then this doctrine is true…” and “If criticism is to assail this doctrine… It must either show that this doctrine is not the doctrine of the Biblical writers, or else it must show that the Biblical writers are not trustworthy as doctrinal guides.” The apostles were eyewitnesses to all of the events which were recorded, and they gave their lives as evidence of their trustworthiness as eyewitnesses – people holding to a deliberate lie, do not die torturous deaths for it.

This is what the apostles wrote about who authored the Bible.

2 Tim. 3:16-17 "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

2 Pet. 1:21 "for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."

Paul who wrote the epistle to Timothy, was obviously referring to the entirety of the Old Testament as being inspired. The word, "inspired," is literally "God-breathed." This is an interesting phrase since it implies that the Scriptures are from the mouth of God. Likewise, notice that Peter is stating that prophecy is not the product of human will – instead, prophecy occurs with those who are moved by the Holy Spirit. So yes, men wrote the Bible in a sense, but none of them ever wrote anything, without God moving them to write. In fact, the word used by Peter “moved” is the same word used in the book of Acts which describes a ship being driven along by a storm at sea. (Acts 27:15)

Then, to seal the deal, we have prophecy itself.

Isaiah 42:8-9 "I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images. 9 "Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth I proclaim {them} to you."

Many religions have sacred writings, and all claim they were given to them by God… whatever God it is they are promoting. But there is no sacred text that compares to the level of prophetic words given in the Bible. There are 8, 352 verses contained within the 31,124 total verses of the Bible which are prophecy, approximately 27% of the Bible. Further, the overwhelming evidence of the number of prophecies which have been fulfilled already in history, and in great detail, is mind boggling.

Yes, truly God has spoken to us through His word, the Bible. 

 

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