GOD'S WORD THE BIBLE: Evidence for Inspiration


The Bible is a unique book which displays an amazing unity of thought even though it was formed in the midst of great diversity. The Bible was written over a 1500 year period by over 40 different authors who came from every walk of life. The prophet Moses was raised in the house of Pharaoh King of Egypt; Joshua Moses successor was a military commander; David was a shepherd boy turned king; Amos the prophet was a herdsmen; Nehemiah was a cupbearer and Daniel was a prime minister. In the New Testament Peter and John were fisherman; Matthew was a tax collector; Paul was a highly trained Rabbi and Luke his companion was a doctor. The authors penned the biblical texts in three different languages, from three different continents and from varied personal settings which include a palace, a tent and a prison.

However, amid this vast diversity there is an amazing unity and continuity of thought which can be best explained by the superintendence of one single author whom Christians believe to be God. While many of the subjects covered in the Bible are controversial there is an agreement and unity found in it's teachings which must have a reasonable explanation. For example when speaking on the nature of God and the condition of man there is harmony and agreement. God is always portrayed as sovereign creator and ruler of all who's throne is established in righteousness and truth and who's nature is compassionate and loving. Man is characterized as sinful and flawed always in need of God's grace and mercy in order to maintain his relationship to God. Furthermore throughout Old and New Testament the reader is constantly reminded that a day of final judgment is coming when God will judge the world in righteousness. Both Old and New Testaments consistently teach that those who have trusted in God and yielded to His will on that day will know God's love and grace.

Perhaps the most striking example of the unity of the Bible is the unfolding revelation of God's plan of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. Beginning in the book of Genesis where God promised Adam and Eve that one would come from the seed of the woman to crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15), and ending in the book of Revelation where Jesus the King of Kings is pictured defeating the serpent of old who is the Devil and sending him to his everlasting punishment (Revelation 19-20), the entire Bible is a record of God's unfolding plan to bring redemption to this world. The Old Testament sacrificial system pictured the atonement to be made by Jesus for the sins of the world. The prophets foretold His birth, life, death and resurrection and the Gospels gave us the written record of the events. The remainder of the New Testament reveals and explains the mysteries of this great salvation, while the book of Revelation gives a glimpse of paradise regained and the beginning of the new heaven and earth.

These examples provide just a small glimpse of the amazing unity and continuity found in the Bible. In closing it can be said that a book given to us by God would be expected to display a unique unity and continuity. The Bible while formed through great diversity displays this unique unity and continuity which lends great weight to the argument for it's divine origin.