If the Bible is a revelation about an invisible God, why did ordinary people like Moses, Nehemiah, Matthew, John and others write it? Doesn’t that mean the Bible is just a human book? Many people base their distrust of the Bible on the argument that because people wrote it, it is not a reliable revelation of God. It is a product of man, not of God. How do we answer?
Let us imagine for a moment that God gave us a simple ‘Gospel on a Golden Plate’ that reads something like the following:
‘I, God, created the universe. I am King of the Universe. I want people who love and obey me. I sent Jesus to be the Saviour. Just believe Him and He will bring you to heaven. If you don’t listen, I will judge you for what you did on earth. I trust you understand. Thank you!’
There are people who might believe this ‘Golden Plate Gospel.’ Yet it cannot work because God will judge people on what they have done (Revelation 20:13). He wants people to live a certain lifestyle. What lifestyle? Unless we have practical examples from real life, we have no idea what God wants.
Logic tells us that:
- ‘The Golden Plate Gospel’ cannot work. It gives no examples from real life to learn from. The Bible is a book based on history. It reveals how God interacted with people and gave them directions on the kind of lifestyle He wants. Notice that all His commands have to do with harmony and peace for persons, families and societies.
- God teaches through history. Thus the writers penned down history but added the ‘God component’ with the help of the Holy Spirit An example is Jesus. The historical fact is that He was crucified. The God explanation is that He died for the sins of the world.
That is what makes the Bible such a unique book: history plus the ‘God Factor.’ The Holy Spirit helped the writers to understand the God Factor. Without the Holy Spirit they could only narrate straight history that adds no knowledge about God.
The following verses underscore how God teaches through history:
- ‘For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.’ Romans 15:4
- ‘Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did…. 1 Corinthians 10:6
God is the God of history. Scripture is the result of human writers plus the oversight of the Holy Spirit. It is a product of God and man, not of man alone.