God’s Word IS Inspired!

August 14, 2008

Yesterday, as I was meandering around the forums of The Rebelution, I came across this post with this question:

Here is a question I am curious to ask. If the Bible is completely God’s word, why do most books come from letters, or other random things? For instance, 1st & 2nd Corinthians were written by Paul to the Church of Corinth. Ephesians was written to the Ephesians by Paul. Why didn’t God just command them to write those books for his Word? I hope to create a healthy discussion in this, and I’m eager again to read your comments.

My first reaction was to scream at the computer the answer to the inspiration of Scripture, but then I thought better and wrote a reply in the forums. Here is what I wrote:

First, only part of the New Testament was written in letter form. Second, the rest of it is written in historical narrative so that the people of God may know the history God gave to us.

But irregardless of the means of which the Word of God was written, the entire Word of God is inspired, or breathed out by God! It is nearly impossible to deny the inspiration and inerrency any part of it and not deny the rest of it. For example, if I tried to deny the first eleven chapters of Genesis and try to fit the evolution hypothesis into the creation account (which I do not), I wind up denying several essential doctrines including: the doctrine of man, the doctrine of sin, the doctrine of the curse, the doctrine of male headship, the doctrine of the promised Messiah, etc. Also, there would be no answer for why death is in the world, where death came from, why we wear clothes, why there was a necessary sacrifice for sin, what is sin, and why does God allow it to exist.

I shall point you first to 2 Peter 1:

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (ESV)

In other words, the Word of God is a collection of reliable historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses reporting supernatural events which came to pass according to specific prophecies and all of which claims to be of divine origin and not human.

Denying the Word of God is denying God Himself, for the Word is God. If we do not believe the Scriptures, our faith is in vain, according to Luke 1:1-4.

Even if you do not wish to believe the supernatural aspect of it, there is the human aspect of it, which is that the Bible contains sixty-six books which were written by over forty authors who lived on three different continents and wrote it in three different languages over a period of 1500 years, all of whom were eyewitnesses to the events reported.

How many Christians today know how to answer the question, “How do you know the Scripture is true?” What I have written in bold is the answer. And, if you want to put whipped cream on top: the Bible is the only Holy book of the religious faiths of the world that claims divine authorship.

The Christian must believe the Word of God, or he must believe the words of the world, which lead to condemnation in hell. Take your pick, but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD, and we shall believe His Word.


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