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The Bible was also written to teach us history. These are records of events that happened in space and time. For example, if the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus did not actually occur in time and space, the entire Christian faith crumbles see 1 Corinthians Moreover, almost anyone would admit that history can be learned from, even secular history. He will do what He says He will do. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
The Wisdom of the Church
I take a lesson from that. Often times, many of us find ourselves in the same position as the complaining Israelites.
It starts in the garden of Eden and climaxes in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Obviously, God wants us to live moral lives. God wants us to live holy and upright lives.watch
Did God Write the Bible? | My Jewish Learning
He wants us to produce the fruits of the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control, Galatians rather than the fruits of the flesh i. Galatians God tells us what is right and wrong in The Bible, and He commands us to choose the right and refrain from the wrong. I can say the same thing about looking at women with lust.
I would think it unwise to get drunk, but not morally wrong. I think any Christian reading this would be in full agreement with me that doctrine, history, and morality are reasons that God wrote The Bible. Anyway, there is a split in the church today over whether God intended His authors to convey accurate scientific information.
They think that if The Bible taught some scientifically ludicrous idea such as the Earth is flat or that the sky consists of a solid dome, then The Bible is in error and therefore not divinely inspired. However, we need to ask two questions: first: what is the definition of biblical inerrancy.
Secondly: what would constitute an error.
Did God Write the Bible?
So, for me, I would accuse The Bible to be in error if it got it wrong in any of the three categories stated above: Theology, History, and Morality. I am not a concordist. I am an accommodationist. I believe God did not intend to teach the Israelites Cosmology. In fact, the more I think about the idea of God conveying absolutely perfect scientific information in scripture, the less sense it actually makes.
The books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth are historical documents written before or during the reign of King David presumably by priestly historians. There are also some Psalms that were written anonymously. Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes were written by King Solomon, though chapters 30 and 31 of Proverbs were written by Agur and Lemuel respectively.
The writers of Samuel, Kings, Esther, and Job are unnamed. Peter of the Twelve Disciples wrote 1st and 2nd Peter. John, the Disciple that Jesus loved, wrote 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John and also Revelation. The book of James has been credited to James the brother of Jesus and the book of Jude was written by Jude the bother of James.
Hebrews has been ascribed to the Apostle Paul but is generally considered to have been written anonymously. How many people wrote the Bible? Although the actual count of the authors of the Bible is 40, there wouldn't be the history and stories without the people who lived and told them. Imagine you are collecting biographies of President John F. You find many biographies describing his family, his presidency, his goal of putting a man on the moon, and his handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Regarding Jesus, do we find multiple biographies reporting similar facts about his life? Here is a sampling of facts about Jesus, and where you would find that fact reported in each of their biographies. Two of the gospel biographies were written by the apostles Matthew and John, men who knew Jesus personally and traveled with him for over three years.
The other two books were written by Mark and Luke, close associates of the apostles. These writers had direct access to the facts they were recording. At the time of their writing, there were still people alive who had heard Jesus speak, watched him heal people and perform miracles.
So the early church readily accepted the four gospels because they agreed with what was already common knowledge about Jesus' life. Each of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, read like news reports, a factual accounting of the days events, each from their own perspective. The descriptions are unique to each writer, but the facts are in agreement. For a sample from one of the Gospels, click here. The Gospels are presented as matter-of-fact, "this is how it was. One typical example is the account in Luke, chapter 8, where Jesus brings a little girl back to life. Notice the details and clarity in its reporting:.
Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.
She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you. Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.
Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace. While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John and James, and the child's father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up! Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened. Like other accounts of Jesus' healing people, this has a ring of authenticity.
Who Wrote The Bible: The First Five Books
If it were fiction, there are portions of it that would have been written differently. For example, in a fictional account there wouldn't be an interruption with something else happening. If it were fiction, the people in mourning would not have laughed at Jesus' statement; get angry maybe, be hurt by it, but not laugh. And in writing fiction, would Jesus have ordered the parents to be quiet about it?
You would expect the healing to make a grand point. But real life isn't always smooth. There are interruptions. People do react oddly. And Jesus had his own reasons for not wanting the parents to broadcast this. The best test of the Gospels authenticity is to read it for yourself. Does it read like a report of real events, or like fiction? If it is real, then God has revealed himself to us. Jesus came, lived, taught, inspired, and brought life to millions who read his words and life today. What Jesus stated in the gospels, many have found reliably true: "I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.
In the early years after Jesus' death and resurrection there was no apparent need for written biographies about Jesus. Those living in the Jerusalem region were witnesses of Jesus and well aware of his ministry.