Nature of the Bible’s Message

Why Believe the Bible? Internal Evidence

There is still more evidence for the authority of the Bible in this fact: The Bible expresses “God’s” thoughts, not man’s.

One Bible scholar put it this way: “The Bible is not such a book a man would write if he could, or could write if he would.”

There are many statements in the Bible that people simply would not write. Who would ever write that “all nations” before God are “as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity”? (Isa. 40:17).

Who would acknowledge: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death”? (Prov. 14:12).

Who, other than a man of God, would testify to the futility of man’s wisdom and thoughts, even going so far as to say that the thoughts of God are as far superior to man’s as “the heavens are higher than the earth” (Isa. 55:8-9)? If the Bible were the expression of human minds, such an idea would never be written.

Looking further, we find that the Bible deals very frankly with the sins of its characters, calling sin by its real name. Contrast this with the present culture where political correctness camouflages reality; where a rebellious child is “not socially adjusted,” or a drug addict is “chemically dependent,” a drunk is “chemically inconvenienced,” or a lazy person is “motivationally deficient.” The Bible tells it like it is. Sin is the breaking of God’s law (1 John 3:4), without regard to one’s wealth or social status.

No, the Bible contains the thoughts of God, not men.

The Bible contains the information our Creator wanted us to have. It records His thoughts, His plans, and His guidelines. God Himself supervised the writing of this Book by giving Divine power to certain people He chose. In the words of the Bible, “prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21). They wrote what they could not or would not have been able to write on their own. They were human pens guided by Divine inspiration.