Norm Fields Contributing columnist
August 9, 2014
In parts one and two of this series I have expressed my firm conviction that I know the Bible is from God.
I know that, without a doubt, because I believe in God (part 1) and because I believe the biblical claims that it is from God (part 2). That is where my conviction starts. So now I will begin to examine any internal evidence to see if the Bible supports its own claims.
There is an entire field of biblical study dedicated to “evidences” for the Christian religion. Not surprisingly, it’s called “Christian Evidences” or “Apologetics.” The word “Apologetics” comes from the Greek word apologia. The word “apology” also has its origins in this Greek word.
“Apology” hasn’t always meant to say you’re sorry. That is actually the number two definition given in the Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition). The first definition is “a formal justification: defense.”
Webster’s give the definition of “apologetics” as “systematic argumentative discourse in defense (as of a doctrine),” and “a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity.” The original Greek word is found eight times in the Greek New Testament and is translated “defense” six of the eight in the New King James Version of the Bible.
The most frequently quoted verse using this word is from 1 Peter 3:15, “…always be ready to give a defense (apologia) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is you….” So, in this third part to the series we’ll begin to get into some Apologetics and look at the internal evidence that the Bible is from God.
I know the Bible is from God because of its remarkable unity.
Many people consider the Bible one book. However, it is more like a volume of books and letters. More than 40 human writers wrote the 66 books and letters of the Bible over a period of 1,400 years.
The writers are from a broad diversity of cultural backgrounds. Moses was a displaced Hebrew raised as a prince of Egypt; Paul was a tent maker; Matthew was a tax collector; David was a king, as was Solomon; Amos was a shepherd; Luke was a doctor; Peter and John were fishermen, etc. So, not only were the writers separated by hundreds of years, they were also very diverse in their social and cultural backgrounds.
With such great diversity of historical, social and cultural settings, one would expect the various books and letters of the Bible to be full of contradictions and errors. After all, it would be nearly impossible to assemble forty people from the same town at the same time in the same room and have them all agree on nearly any given subject, especially religion.
It would be extremely difficult to find a book, with similar scope as the Bible, written by a single person that was free from contradictions and errors. However, that’s exactly what we find in the Bible!
From Moses, writing as early as 1450 BC, to Jude, writing around 68 AD, there is total agreement and harmony – unity - throughout.
How is such remarkable unity possible? It’s not possible with men! Go to the library and check out sixty-six books, the number of books in the Bible, on nearly any given subject and see how many of the authors actually agree with each other.
You would probably have the books separated into stacks of five or six here and there that agree with each or write from a similar point of view but not all 66. Try it with authors of the same nationality living at the same time and you still won’t get the kind of unity present in the Bible.
There is only one possible explanation for the Bible’s perfect unity. Though there were forty or more human writers, there was only one Author! (2 Pet. 1:3, 21). We noticed in part two of this series that the Bible claims to be from the Author we discussed in part one; and the amazing unity of the Bible is powerful proof of that claim.
“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.” (2 Timothy 3:16–17)
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