Welcome to part four of our five part series on defending your faith. Today’s post will be a bit shorter admittedly, but that will be more than made up for tomorrow with our series finale. If you missed parts one, two, or three, clicking on their respective numbers will take you right to them. They are, in order, Manuscript Evidence, Archaeological Finds, and Bible Characters. Today we will be looking at the writing of the Bible and why it wouldn’t have been possible without divine intervention.
The Bible has complete and and flawless internal consistency. Not once does it contradict or compromise itself. While this is certainly amazing for a book that many consider to be full of inaccuracies, there are some other key components that make it even more incredible.
It was written by approximately 40 authors over 3 continents in a period of 2,000 years. These authors wrote in 3 different languages. While all this is incredible and the fact that it remains non contradictory to itself is certainly amazing, all of these writers came from very diverse backgrounds. Shepherds, kings, scholars, fisherman, prophets, a military general, a cup bearer, and a priest all took part in writing Scripture. All had different reasons and all wrote with their emotions showing through. As you and I both know, when emotions are running high, often we can say things that we don’t especially mean, particularly when we’re angry. Often the authors were writing in anger, most often directed towards people that had turned from God.
The fact that all of these combined produced zero inconsistencies helps prove that the Bible was written with divine intervention. 40 men have never been known to 100% agree completely on anything. Even preachers today have ongoing debates about interpretation of Scripture. Without God giving them the words, the Bible would be a collection of arguments for each personal point of view.
While doing some research for this post, I came across an article that stated the Bible didn’t make sense. Which is the point. Think about it… Who in their right mind would make this up? As CS Lewis writes in Mere Christianity, “Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have.”
So to wrap it up… What we hold in our hands is in fact not a mere book. It is Scripture written by 40 authors, over 3 continents, speaking 3 different languages, all coming from extremely diverse backgrounds, in a period of 2,000 years, without one single contradiction or inconsistency. If that doesn’t demonstrate the divine intervention in the writing of Scripture, I don’t know what does.
Thanks for reading and I hope you’re ready for the finale. It’s going to be BIG. In fact, I’m actually considering pushing the date back so as to have more time for research. But I’ll keep you posted and hopefully it launches tomorrow as planned. God bless you all…