Have you ever thought about the Bible as a piece of literature? As a historical document? Have you ever doubted that it is the very word of God? I want to look at the Bible for what it really is—a miracle from the very mouth of God.
It is a proven fact that the Bible is the most attacked book of all history. Caesar’s have tried to burn it, scholars have tried to discredit it, and religion has tried to erase it. However, for some reason, it’s still here. Did you know that the Bible has been the best-selling book of all time since the invention of the printing press by Gutenberg in 1440? It’s also the most hated book in human history, with many historical campaigns waged against it to disprove and eradicate it.
The Bible truly is an amazing book. It was written over a period of 1,600 years by forty different writers, spanning over continents and written in three languages :Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. The writers themselves were incredibly diverse: Kings, peasants, priests, farmers, fishermen, military leaders and outcasts. Yet the Bible has no contradictions, of message of disunity.
Such a diverse authorship would, without a doubt result in a book that had many different opinions on issues and would no doubt be in stark contradiction to itself—but not the Bible. Why? Because it is not an ordinary book. It’s not on the same level as Shakespeare or Dickens, Lewis or Tolkien, Longfellow or Poe. No, the Bible is different because of it’s inspiration. Now I’m not talking about being inspired by a movie to do something good—no, this is a different kind of inspiration. This is inspiration from God. Paul writes in 1 Timothy 3:16-17,
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”
Some other translations, instead of “inspiration” use the phrasing “God-breathed.” I think that sums it up.
The Bible is from the very breath of God-given through His Holy Spirit to the writers. It is not just the random thoughts of what people thought that God was like or what they thought God wanted us to know—No! It is the divine revelation of God, given to us that we may know, understand, and walk in the ways He has asked us to. From Genesis through Revelation the theme is Jesus Christ—His coming, His presence, and His return.
Try getting just three people, say an actress, a farmer, and a business man to write on a controversial social issue and see if they all agree. They wouldn’t! All have different opinions, worldviews, and beliefs, so all would disagree. That’s where the Bible is different! It has such amazing unity all the way through that it absolutely boggles the mind!
So that brings us to my question for you. If the Bible is God’s Word, and it is written to teach, correct, and instruct us, then what areas of your life do you need to address? What things do you need to change? What secrets are you trying to hide from God? His word reveals it all, and if you let it, it will change your life. Talk about the power of words! Just something to think about.