“The Bible is written by man, thus, it is no different than any other ancient books or religious writings.”
What makes the Bible different than other ancient books or religious writings?
1. Its Unique Composition
The Bible was written by men. However, these men were inspired by the Holy Spirit and transmitting the exact revelation from God. It was not the opinion of men, it was the Word of God revealed by God to men. The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament came by the revelation of God. Paul said this: “For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ” (Gal.1:12).
Revelation (apokalupsis) means to uncover; to lay open what has been veiled or covered up” (TGD). Revelation is when God makes known anything which humanity previously did not know. The Bible reveals who God is and our need for a Savior. We are sinners. And we do not know how to make ourselves right with a holy God. Therefore, God gave us the Bible to reveal what was necessary for our salvation (2 Tim.3:15).
2 Timothy 3:16: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (NKJV).
Just as the Bible came by revelation, it was composed through inspiration. Our English meaning for “inspiration” does not convey the same meaning which the Bible does. When we think of the word inspired; we think of a musician, an athlete, or a great public speaker. When the Bible says that its words are inspired, it means that they came from the very “life creating” breath of God. In Greek, the word inspiration means God-Breathed (theopneustos). Men were writing and/or speaking, but God was the one directing the symphony of words. The Authority of the Bible is not in the penmanship of men; the Authority of the Bible is in the breath of God.
The Bible is different from all other ancient books and religious writing’s! Why? Because the Bible wasn’t written by man. The Bible was written by God. He superintended through the life of ordinary men, producing something extraordinary … His Word.
This does not exclude the fact that they each wrote with their own personality, style, and language –God utilized this in his plan. Scripture declares that It’s writers’ were “borne along” by the Holy Spirit (2Peter 1:19-20). Like a ship being driven by the wind, the Holy Spirit made certain that every syllable, every word, every phrase, and every book was exactly what God wanted (Mtt.5:17).
The Bible is a library of books, written by about forty different authors. These authors were young and old; they were noble and common; they came from different centuries and cultures, yet over a period of about sixteen hundred years they cohesively speak about the same thing. They speak about a God, the same judgment, the same need for salvation, and the same faith. Most importantly, they all speak about Jesus!
God has been unveiling Himself since the dawn of time. He’s done so in His Word. God has been progressively revealing Himself over thousands of years from one generation to the next through The Prophets (progressive revelation). The collective writings make up our Bible. The Bible is a living, spiritual, and historical treasure from God. Within its pages, we meet God and are confronted with our true condition. We see Jesus, and are left with a choice –to believe or reject Him.
Just as the Bible came by revelation, and was composed through inspiration; the Bible is understood through illumination. Illumination means to shed light on something; to make it visible. As we study Gods word, the Holy Spirit will illuminate the meaning. We do not have new revelations; the proper word is illumination. This is how God covey’s the truth of His Word –by illumination.
The Bible is different than any other ancient book or religious writings because it wasn’t composed by one man, in one generation. It is different because it was composed by many men; who bridge a gap of many generations; who, seemingly, leap across time and space to compose one Book. Men were used of God to pen the Bible, but God is the Author.
What makes the Bible different than other ancient books or religious writings?
2. Its Unique Historicity
Similar claims have been made for other religious writings. Mohammad said that the Koran came from one who is wise and all-knowing (Surah 27:6). He claimed that his writings agreed with ancient histories from other religions –such as Judaism and Christianity. Muslims boast that he had no education or knowledge of these religions, but was still able to record the history. They use this as an argument that his “revelations” were from God. But there are unmistakable issues with his history of other religions, especially Judeo-Christianity.
What’s wrong with the history on the Koran? Mohammad’s writings contradict the records given to us in the Bible. The most famous being the story of Abraham taking his son to be sacrificed (Gen.22:2). The Koran says that Abraham took “Ishmael” to be sacrificed; the Bible says he took “Isaac”. Only one can be right.
The biblical account of Abraham taking Isaac to Mt. Moriah to be sacrificed dates back thousands of years before Muhammad’s birth. The oral tradition goes back even further. Muhammad was the first man to propose such an alteration of the history of Abraham. Abraham lived over 2500 years before Muhammed. It’s absurd for him to come along thousands of years later claiming that everyone else was wrong. One has to throw away all intellectual honesty to believe his distortion of biblical history.
Imagine someone told you that George Washington was not actually the first President of the United States; rather, God told him that it was Benjamin Franklin. Would you believe them? I hope not. You would have to throw away all textual and historical evidence to believe them. There are hundreds of sources which state that George Washington was indeed the first President of the United States of America.
What makes the Bible different than other ancient books and religious writings?
3. Its Unique Claims
“We believe in Jesus too.”Many religions make this confession, but it is inconsistent with what they actually believe about Jesus. In the Bible Jesus is declared to be the Son of God (John 1:34), the only way to the Father (John 14:6), the Judge of the whole world (John 5:22-23), and the Savoir of mankind (Acts 5:31). He claimed eternality and equality with the Father (John 14:9, 17:5). He is announced as the Creator of all things (Col.1:15-21). Any person who claims to believe in Jesus, but does not believe these truths about Him, is deceiving themselves.
“He was a great prophet.” This confession is also inconsistent. A biblical prophet’s job was to deliver Gods Word to the people. Prophets of the Bible were always 100% accurate in the Word they delivered. God cannot lie, and when a prophet said, “thus says the Lord”, every Word that followed would be just as if it were God speaking.
If Jesus was a prophet, then we are required to believe His words to be true. For instance, if Jesus said that He was the only way to God (Jn.14:6), and He is a true prophet, then I must believe that he is the only way to God. If Jesus said, that to see Him is to see the Father (Jn.14:9), then it must be true. If Jesus said that he is the Son of God (Jn.5:18), then He must be the Son of God. The “Jesus” that other religions profess to believe in is not the real Jesus. He is not the historical Jesus of the Bible. Other religions who claim to believe in Jesus believe in a fake Jesus.
They hated Him because He declared himself the Son of God. They rejected Him because He said He was the only way to heaven. They crucified Him because He claimed to be Lord. As C.S. Lewis said … “He is either a Liar (thus not a true prophet) a Lunatic or he is actually Lord”. Choose…
“He was a great moral teacher.” Jesus never spoke of himself as a great moral teacher. He did teach some great moral things, but that is not why he claimed to have come. He gave us no room for that conclusion. His opponents and critics understood what He claimed to be, why can’t we? The Jews picked up rocks in order to stone Him. Why? Because they understood that He claimed equality with God.
Jesus asked, “Why do you seek to stone me”. Their response was clear, “for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God” (John 10:33).
Jesus is the greatest revelation of God the world will ever see. He performed miracles. He healed the sick with such ease that it’s simply described as his “works” (a word describing a man’s common and ordinary labor). He calmed storms, cast out demons, raised the dead, forgave sin, spoke like no man spoke, and loved like no man ever loved.
Jesus is the Word of God. He revealed His Word to the Prophets and Apostles of the Bible. He was not just “a” prophet; one who said, “Thus says The Lord”. Jesus was “The” Prophet; the Word of God made flesh (John 1:1, 14). When Jesus spoke He did not need to say, “Thus says the Lord”. Why? Because He is the Lord of heaven and earth!
What makes the Bible different than other ancient books or religious writings? Jesus! His claim to be equal with the God (Jn.5:22-23, 8:58, 10:30, 14:8-9); His message of repentance and salvation (Mt.4:17-19); His teaching and example for life (Mt.5-7); His miracles and works (Mk.2); His death and resurrection make the Bible stand-alone (Acts 2:22-24). The one man, Jesus Christ, is the ultimate personality and person of the whole Bible. His tomb is empty. Jesus left an impact on history unlike every famous historical figure combined. He changed the world forever. He is spoken of more often; written about more frequently; painted more artfully; debated more vehemently; and song of more passionately than all. He’s the most famous individual the world has ever seen.
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