How the Bible came to be

Religious people usually agree that the Bible is holy and inspired.

The Bible is a library of books written by many different authors, in different literary forms over centuries to address specific religious experiences, ideas, culture and issues of their day.

The authors used different literary forms and metaphor, allegory, hyperbole and simile.

The Bible is holy because it is the story of God’s interactions with humanity over time.

Much of the Bible was passed down by oral tradition for generations before being written down on scrolls, and then copied. The library of books we have today in one book would have been impractical on scrolls, and followers would not have access to the full library we enjoy.

What Christians call the Old Testament became standard in 100 A.D. During the second century, most Christian churches came to acknowledge 20 of our 27 books, and a few others.

St. Athanasius in a letter in 367 A.D. was the first to name the 27 books of the New Testament we acknowledge today, but not all churches agreed with him. For example, the Armenian Church accepted the Third Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, and in the West the Letter to the Laodiceans was in all 18 German Bibles (in Latin) printed prior to Luther’s translation of the Greek New Testament.

I love the Bible because it is not just Israel’s story, God’s story or the church’s story, but it is also my story. As I read the stories of Jonah, the Prodigal, the disciples, I can relate to them and their humanness and longing.

— Dale Clem, First United Methodist Church, Anniston

 Different writers, one author

 I have often heard people say “the Bible was written by man.” Well that’s true to a certain extent, but the inspiration came from God.

In other words, God used man to write it, but He told him what to write.

The Bible verifies this in 2nd Timothy 3:16: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

This is also verified in the book of Revelations. The Prophet John is used by God to reveal what will happen before the end of time. Revelations 1:1-2: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John, who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.”

We see according to scripture that man did in fact write the Bible, but he was inspired by God.

The question of who wrote the Bible never entered my mind when I was looking for a solution to a life of sin. I can tell you for certain that the book called the Bible changed my life. My desire for you would be to let it change your life and receive all that it has to offer.

— Winfred Logan, Heart to Heart Ministries