Where Did the Bible Come From?QUESTION: Where did the Bible come from?ANSWER:
How did we get the Bible? Where did the Bible come from? The Bible itself claims to have come from the most High, from God Himself (2 Timothy 3:16).
While there were approximately forty men who physically put the text onto the pages, Scripture claims the true author of the Bible is God. In almost every book of the Bible, the human authors assert that their words are the words of God.
The biblical authors all believed themselves to be instruments for His teachings and the spreading of His gospel. These men were inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit to spread the message of God and Jesus Christ.
God specifically chose each one of them to tell a unique part of His tale. We have the Bible today because God uses people who desire His will above their own to deliver His message. The Bible came to us from believers who were called to tell of His great love, as well as those things that are pleasing and displeasing to Him.
The message of the Bible offers hope for deliverance, beginning with the Old Testament. It tells of His undying love, and reveals the fact that He sent His only Son to die on the cross in order that we all might join Him, simply by believing.
We can trust that the Bible is authentic because of the fact that it was written down, and we know that written text does not suffer from the same peril as the spoken word. What we say is frequently changed as it is passed on from one person to another; what we write down may occasionally undergo minor changes as language evolves, but actual content meaning rarely changes. In the case of the Bible, what we have available to us today is based on documents that are no more than four or five generations from the originals. The finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls offers further proof that the Bible we have today is faithful to the meaning and intent of the original authors - who, as we have established, believed they were speaking for God Himself.
Evidence for authenticity of the Bible is stronger than evidence for authenticity of many great works of literature that we take for granted are actual.
The Bible comes from a God who desires to know each and every one of us and wants us to know of His great love for us. The fact that there is so much evidence to support the truth, the accuracy and authenticity of the Bible, verifies God's love for each person on earth.