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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How does this help the cause?

Posted by Gary on February 14, 2007

Very often people will insist that they do not believe the Bible because it was “written by men”. What these people mean is that the Bible was written only by men and therefore exscuses them from the command to believe and obey what the Bible contains. According to these, the Bible was made up by men who were trying to start a religion that they of course would be in charge of and through it could dominate other people’s lives.

I would challenge anyone with such an objection to make a commitment to prayerfully read the Bible in its entirety. As you read I would ask you to note the many things that are included in the Bible that would never have been placed there if it were written merely by men who were trying to start a religion for their own ends. For example, would Peter have included the narrative of his cowardly denial of Jesus if he was trying to hold himself forward as the religious man to follow? (How unlike ministers of our day Peter was, they would have us think they are nearly angelic, every hair in place, perfect lives…Peter on the other hand tells us that he had to be rebuked by Christ and ultimately denied Him).

While reading the Bible today I came across this verse:

Matthew 28:16-17 “But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.”

This scene is after the resurrection of Jesus, just before He gives the Great Commission and returned to heaven. These events are absolutely vital to the Christian faith and what does the Word of God tell us? That even after seeing the resurrected Christ some were doubtful. Now can I ask, does it make sense that men who were trying to establish a religion for their own ends would tell us that some people doubted that this was Jesus risen from the dead? How would this revelation help the cause of this so called man-made religion, how would it help people believe this merely man-made Bible?

Imagine a car commercial with a crowd of engineers in white coats standing around it. The commercial makes tremendous claims about the car’s capabilities. Now imagine that each engineer is asked it he believes the car is all that the manufacturer claims it is. Many of engineers confidently say “Yes, I believe it is”. But every third engineer or so says, “Well, I have my doubts.” Man is not willing to be this honest in his presentation when he is trying to get others to believe something.

The Bible’s honesty is a great proof that it is not merely of men. Yes God did use men to write the Bible, but the end product through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, is God’s inerrant, infallible, perfect Word:

2 Peter 1:20 “But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”