The Bible is the most unique book in history. Even the circumstances of its being written and what it contains are evidence it had one Author—God. The Bible was written:
- By one Author, God, who spoke to many different writers through the ages
- By more than 40 different writers
- By writers who have vastly different personal backgrounds
- By writers who lived in different countries with differing customs, some of whom wrote contemporaneously without being able to access one another’s writing
- During a period of more than 1,500 years
- In three languages
- In many styles: prose, poetry, allegory, proverb, prayer, judicious interpretation, epistle, sermon, etc.
- About many controversial issues (which people today can barely agree on)
It is astounding that under these circumstances a finished product was produced that has continuity and no contradictions.
A sampling of the writers of the Bible who hailed from different cultures, different backgrounds, and even different languages, includes:
- Moses—raised in the royal family and given the best education in Egypt; wrote in the desert (about 1450-1410 B.C.).
- Samuel—an Israelite priest trained in the master-disciple method (about 1050-1020 B.C.).
- David—a shepherd who became the king of Israel (about 1020-980 B.C.).
- Amos—a simple herdsman who lived close to the desert of Judea (about 775-750 B.C.).
- Ezekiel—an Israelite priest who wrote from Babylon (about 595-570 B.C.).
- Daniel—a captive from Judah who was given the best education available in Babylon (about 540-530 B.C.).
- Peter—a fisherman from Galilee (The New Testament was compiled between 45 and 90 A.D.).
- Matthew—a Jewish tax collector working for the Roman authorities in Galilee.
- Luke—an educated Greek and a medical doctor.
- Paul—a Jewish rabbi who converted to Christianity.
- James—the half-brother of Jesus and the head of the Church at Jerusalem.
If you put such diversified people in a room today to discuss the topics in the Bible, which are some of the most controversial known to man, you would most certainly have nothing but an argument. When you consider the diversity of the writers, the subject matter they wrote about, and the consistency with which details and important life issues are handled, it is difficult not to conclude that God is the sole source of Scripture.
The Bible sets forth both doctrine and practice on highly complex and emotionally charged topics such as marriage and divorce; sexuality and chastity; raising and discipline of children; punishments for criminal offenses, including the death penalty; the nature and causes of good and evil; how to be holy; how to be saved; and much more. Yet students of the Bible have seen over and over that these subjects are presented with a unity and single-mindedness that could not have been accomplished unless God were in fact its sole Author. At this point, we can either accept the groundless assertion that God does not speak to men, or we can accept the testimony of the Bible and the internal evidence of the text that God spoke to the men who wrote down what He said.