For some reason the question of who actually wrote the Bible seems to be a big point of interest. For some people, it is simply a matter of faith. They will tell you that God wrote this holy book through the hands of Earthly men. Then there are others who will say that the Bible is just a collection of really ancient fairy tales written by a group of guys with wild imaginations. Still others will tell you that the books of the Bible are incomplete somehow, that there are books that were not included that should have been, and books that were included that should not have been.
But where do we draw the line between opinions and truth? Was the Holy Bible merely the work of certain scribes who penned the whole thing because they had too much time on their hands? Why, first of all, would these men write such things with such care and dedication if they knew it to be untrue? If I were to write, say, the history of the world, completely making it up as I went along, would I even care if the next generation of writers were to screw it up somehow by mis-translation? No. I would probably freak out in fact, if it were even considered for publication at all.
But the scribes who wrote and re-wrote these delicate parchments from which the Bible as we know it was derived, performed their tasks oh, so carefully, very gently unrolling brittle old parchments and lovingly reprinting them word for word on new parchment. In fact, they were so careful with this work that to this very day, there is only less than a one percent margin of error between the original parchments and the modern versions. Yes, there are variations in wording thanks to modern transcribers wanting to simplify and update the words so that our current generations can understand them better, but the meanings of the passages are still the same as they were in the very first copies.
How many times do you see modern printing techniques that deliver perfectly identical copies of a book every single time it is printed? There are some books out there that have been through many re-prints, and quite often a typo will show up in a newer version that was not there in the original. Mistakes happen, we all know that. Nobody’s perfect. But the Bible was transcribed so carefully that even if it took decades to do it, the newer copies were always identical to the original. That is how important that Holy Book was to those people. If that book was only a bunch of false-hoods and make-believe, do you really think that it would be treasured to that extent? I sincerely doubt it.
Granted, the actual hand of God did not come down and pen the words of the old and new testaments, but His hand was in on it, in the form of direct inspiration. The Inspired Word of the Living God, is what the Bible is called by most Christians. If this book were not actually inspired by God then someone sure was fooled because it has certainly been treated as God’s Holy Word, and it is the top bestselling book of all time. Even Stephen King cannot claim that. And as far as the Books that were included in the modern Bible are concerned, those particular books were chosen for a reason: They are all verifiable. Each book contains passages that directly relate to some other book. For example, the prophecies of the old testament directly correspond to the passages in the new.
The Gospels are another prime example. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all contain similar passages, particularly about the birth, life and death of Christ. They verify each other and for that reason there are four Gospels rather than twelve or twenty-two. The Books that were edited out of the collection centuries ago, were removed because nothing written in them could actually be verified by any other book. Why is verification so important? Because if one eyewitness says he saw something happen and another eyewitness can support that claim with one of his own, then you have verified evidence that such an event really did happen. But if a single witness claims something and nobody else saw it happen, his believability is on the line.
That would be like me claiming I was kidnapped by a UFO and had an operation while aboard that ship during which my brain was cut out of my head, and replaced by a far superior alien brain, thus making me vastly more intelligent than all other humans on the planet. Yeah, right. And as soon as I made a ridiculous statement like that, the men in the white coats and the butterfly nets would come to take me away. It would be an unverifiable statement and as such, totally unreliable. Yes, cases can be made using only one witness, but a much better case can be made when using two or more, any good Lawyer could tell you that.
So, is the Holy Bible just a book, albeit an extremely popular one, or is it documented evidence of actual events in the history of mankind and documentation of future events as well? The evidence stands as presented. Whether we believe the Bible is the inspired Word of the Living God or not, is up to us, but I recently wrote and published a book myself, and I know for a fact that it will never sell billions of copies, and stay in print for two thousand years, and be dutifully cared for as if an artifact from the hands of God Himself. But the Holy Bible, the inspired Word of the Living God, has had just such a history.