What makes the Bible so special?
Christianity believes that the Bible alone is the revealed Word of God. Even though it was written by men, the ultimate author was God Almighty. This claim was not invented by the Church, but is the claim the Bible makes for itself. Over 2,000 times in the Old Testament alone there are clauses such as, "And God spoke to Moses," "the word of the Lord came unto Jonah, "and "God said." The Bible claims to be a record of the words and deeds of God, thus the Bible views itself as God's Word.
One reason that the Bible is different from other books is its unity. Although this book was composed by men, the unity reveals the hand of the Almighty. The Bible was written over a period of about 1,500 years by more than forty different human authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds, including a military general, a prime minister, a fisherman and a cupbearer.
The authors of the various books wrote in different places, such as the wilderness (Moses), prison (Paul), exile on the Isle of Patmos (John). The biblical writings were composed on three different continents (Africa, Asia and Europe) and in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek).
The contents of the Bible deal with many controversial subjects. Yet, the Bible is a unit. From beginning to end, there's one unfolding story of God's plan of salvation for mankind. This salvation is through the person of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Jesus Himself testified that He was the theme of the entire Bible.
"You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me...If you believed Moses, you would believe in me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?" (John 5:39, 46-47)
If anyone isn't convinced about the unity of the Bible, here is a challenge. Take 10 people form your local area having similar backgrounds, who speak the same language, and all are from basically the same culture. Then separate them and ask them to write their opinion on only one controversial subject, such as the meaning of life. You see where I'm going? When they have finished, compare the conclusions of these 10 writers. Do they affect with each other? Of course not. But the Bible did not consist of merely 10 authors, but forty. It was not written in one generation, but over a period of 1,500 years; not authors of the same education, culture or language, but with vastly different educations, many different cultures, from three continents and three different languages and finally not just one subject but hundreds.
And yet the Bible is unitary. It is in complete harmony which cannot be explained by accident of coincidence.
The unity of the Scriptures is only one reason among many which supports the Bible's claim to be the divine Word of God. Others which could be explained in detail are the testimony of the early church, the witness of history and archaeology and the evidence of changed lives throughout the centuries.
The Bible is special. It is unique. No other book has any such credentials. No other book even comes close. England has 2 books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England (Victor Hugo).
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