The Bible is the most popular and most influential book of all time, it has reached billions of people across the world for centuries.  However, many think it’s just a book and nothing more.  In truth, the bible is more that, it’s the inspired word of God which no other book ever has had.

What does “Inspiration Mean?

Inspired or “God-Breathed” is defined as God giving man His words as if he was telling it to them.  In reality, it is the Holy Spirit that guided all the authors of the bible to write what they wrote.  The only way all the books from the bible (which were written centuries apart and written thousands of miles away from each other) were able to be formed into the Bible as we have now is thru the Holy Spirit working in men.

Why Are Other Ancient Biblical Texts not Found in the Bible?

Every book that claims that it’s God-Breathed goes thru a certain list of “rules” to identify if the book is true or a con:

Quoting from blueletterbible.org:

Prophetic Authorship
For a book to be considered canonical, it must have been written by a prophet or apostle or by one who had a special relationship to such (Mark to Peter, Luke to Paul).

Only those who had witnessed the events or had recorded eyewitness testimony could have their writings considered as Holy Scripture.

Witness of the Spirit
The appeal to the inner witness of the Holy Spirit was also made to aid the people in understanding which books belonged in the canon and which did not. Clark Pinnock writes:

The Spirit did not reveal a list of inspired books, but left their recognition to a historical process in which He was active, God’s people learned to distinguish wheat from chaff, and gold from gravel, as He worked in their hearts (Clark Pinnock, Biblical Revelation, Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1973, p. 104).

Acceptance
The final test is the acceptance of the people of God. Jesus told His disciples:

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things Which I said to you (John 14:26).

We have the promise of Jesus that His disciples would be given total recall by the Holy Spirit of the things He said and did. These same disciples either wrote the New Testament books or had input into which works were accepted as Scripture. Any book that claimed canonical status, yet diverted from the truth of the life of Christ, would have been rejected by Jesus’ own disciples who were, eyewitnesses to the New Testament events. Thus the acceptance of God’s people is an important criterion for book to be considered canonical.

 

Even when seeing evidence like this, people will still doubt the bible because it was made by man.  Doubting something like that means they do not understand God as a whole.  God is all powerful and all knowing.  To doubt that men created the bible means that you MUST doubt that God is all powerful, and He simply cannot use men to help Him create the Bible according to His will.

Plus, Jesus gave us the evidence on how the bible was created.  That in of itself should testify to God’s glory.  For 66 books, all written millenniums and thousands of miles away is a true testament to God being in the picture.  No other book in history has even come close to having as much evidence to support itself as the bible does.

 

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