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TWL 03b - When Was The Bible Written?




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03B WHEN WAS THE BIBLE WRITTEN?

The Holy Bible, (also called Scriptures), looks like one large book, but actually it is a collection of 66 books bound together as one book. The 40 men who wrote the Bible are called prophets, because they spoke for God. These men were farmers, fishermen, priests, kings, shepherds, physicians, tax-collectors. Some were educated, some were not.

The Bible is an old book. The first five of the sixty-six books of the Bible were written about 3,400 years ago, in 1400 B.C. The last book in the Bible was written about A.D. 100. So it took about 1500 years for forty authors to complete the Bible. They penned their messages during the ancient empires that lived many hundreds of years ago and yet their words are not out-of-date. The portion of the Bible called the Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew, while the New Testament was written in Greek. In every age the Bible has spoken words of peace, comfort, and warning.

We would expect that the writings of men of different ages, languages, and backgrounds would disagree with each other. Any other writings would. But the sixty-six books of the Bible all fit together in a perfect whole.

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2 blog comments below

"their words are not out-of-date"
"We would expect that the writings of men of different ages, languages, and backgrounds would disagree with each other. Any other writings would. But the sixty-six books of the Bible all fit together in a perfect whole."

Um... I wholeheartedly disagree with both of those statements. There's plenty within the Bible that is presented as just that we now view as utterly barbaric. It's also highly contradictory, and disjointed as a collection... there are tonnes of examples, you just need to look with even a cursory eye to find some.
Ankhanu on Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:12 pm
Thank you Ankhanu, for sharing your thoughts on the Bible. I believe there may be many with like thinking as yours, and it reminds me of the early days of my Bible study. My personal experience with the Bible might be different from yours, but just as well, I could have rejected it based on the similar thoughts as you have mentioned.

Several years of Bible study have led me to the following:

1. No finite mind can fully comprehend the character or the works of the Infinite One. We cannot by searching find out God. To minds the strongest and most highly cultured, as well as to the weakest and most ignorant, that holy Being must remain clothed in mystery. The Bible, like the character of its Author, presents mysteries that can never be fully comprehended by finite beings. But God has given in the Scriptures sufficient evidence of their divine authority. His own existence, His character, the truthfulness of His word, are established by testimony that appeals to our reason; and this testimony is abundant. True, He has not removed the possibility of doubt; faith must rest upon evidence, not demonstration; those who wish to doubt have opportunity; but those who desire to know the truth find ample ground for their faith.

We have no reason to doubt the Bible because we cannot understand the mysteries of His providence. In the natural world we are constantly surrounded with wonders beyond our comprehension. Should we then be surprised to find in the spiritual world also mysteries that we cannot fathom? The difficulty lies solely in the weakness of the human mind.

2. The Bible unfolds truth with a simplicity and an adaptation to the needs and longings of the human heart that has astonished and charmed the most highly cultivated minds, while to the humble and uncultured also it makes plain the way of life.

Bible study has vivifying power. Christians acquire new strength, new life. This experience is the highest evidence of the divine authorship of the Bible. We receive the Bible as food for the soul, through the same evidence by which we receive bread as food for the body. Bread supplies the need of our nature; we know by experience that it produces blood and bone and brain. Apply the same test to the Bible; when its principles have actually become the elements of character, what has been the result? what changes have been made in the life? "Old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17. In its power, men and women have broken the chains of sinful habit. They have renounced selfishness. The profane have become reverent, the drunken sober, the profligate pure. Souls that have borne the likeness of Satan have been transformed into the image of God. This change is itself the miracle of miracles. A change wrought by the word (the Bible), it is one of the deepest mysteries of the Bible. We cannot understand it; we can only believe, as declared by the Scriptures, it is "Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27.

Point No. 2, or personal evidence, is the main reason for my faith in the Bible, and in the God of the Bible. I won't go into details of my personal life, but I can say that I was not well before I became a Bible believer. It was not a condition that could have been cured just by medications alone. No way. That's the reason why I have strong faith in the Bible and in the God of the Bible. I would not think that every other person had the same experience in life that I had, but it was what I went through, and now I can say with confidence that the Bible is true and that the God of the Bible is true.

My reply could have been longer, but I have tried to keep it short, for now. Please let me know if you would like me to "fine-tune" my response. Thank you again for sharing.
accomp on Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:46 pm



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