Whenever I read an article or book, view a documentary, or listen to some self-proclaimed pundit, I always ask myself, “Who is writing the textbook? Who is the scriptwriter? What is the author’s bias? What is their agenda? What viewpoint of history are they projecting?”
Whether it is medicine, political, religious, or cultural news, understanding the background of the author or speaker is critical to understanding and correctly interpreting the content. It is remarkable that two people may attend the same event, write or speak about it, and produce completely differing viewpoints. If two people cannot even agree upon what occurred at the same event, it should give all of us pause to be vigilant to potential biases.
Do I apply the same principles to the Bible? Absolutely!
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:21 (ESV)
There are sixty six books in the Bible, written by at least forty different authors over a period of nearly two thousand years. There are books of letters, histories, poetry, wisdom, and biographies. What is remarkable is that very few of the authors knew one another. They lived in different countries, hailed from all socioeconomic classes, and held a variety of occupations ranging from fisherman, herdsman, tax collectors, to prophets, priests, and kings. Wouldn’t each author have their own bias and agenda to proclaim? Yes! It begs the question, shouldn’t the Bible, written by so many authors, show historical and theological inconsistencies? The answer is a resounding No!
The authors exhibited different styles of writing, utilized different choices of descriptive words, metaphors, or literary devices, but the message remained clear and consistent. How can this be?
Only a book that is directed by God, through His Holy Spirit, will ever be completely consistent with its message. It is the story of love and redemption. It is the story of the eternal and living God, reaching out to His Creation and reconciling all humanity and His Creation back into loving fellowship with Him. It is the story of God becoming a Man, Jesus Christ, offering Himself as a sacrifice to reconcile the separation that sin created with God. And everyone who confesses and repents of their sins and accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior can be restored to the sweet fellowship that God intended for all of us since the beginning of time.
Who wrote the Bible?
What is their bias? Men moved by the Holy Spirit of God. The only perfect Book in the world with the only perfect answer to why we exist.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.