Any honest person is forced to admit that the Bible is unlike any other book ever written. Even if you do not believe in God or are not a part of the Christian Faith you must at least acknowledge that the Bible is unique. This article is the first in a series exploring some of the ways the Bible is not only unique, but also how we can rely on it for its accuracy and trust that it is indeed God’s Holy and Divine Word!
In this article we will discuss how the Bible is unique in its continuity! The Bible was written over a time period of 1,400 years, beginning with the writings of Moses around 1,300 B.C. and ending with the writings of the Apostle John near the end of the first century A.D. In addition to this, the Bible was written by more than 40 authors. Men like Moses, David, Daniel, Luke, Paul, Peter, and many others contributed to the written work we call the Bible today. These godly men of old who wrote the Bible were from various walks of life. Some were kings, some were highly educated, others were fishermen and considered unlearned. It was written in three different languages, Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. It was written on three different continents, Africa, Asia, and Europe. It was written in different styles including, poetry, songs, prose, prophecy, and even apocalyptic language. It contains information about almost every controversial subject imagined not only of the ancient world, but still applies today.
Yet, in spite of all the diversity in terms of when the Bible was written and by whom, it tells one continuous story. The Bible has one protagonist, Jesus. The Bible deals with one great problem, Sin. The Bible reveals one solution to this problem, God’s great scheme of redemption. If the Bible were just a book written by men, certainly there would be all kinds of disagreement about what the greatest problem is and how it should be dealt with. This is not the case with the Bible. It begins with the creation of a perfect and sinless world. It tells how sin entered the world and gives the only solution to avoid the eternal consequences of sin.
In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus he says,
“4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 KJV
Thank you for reading. I hope to explore this topic further in future articles.
Philip Permenter, Evangelist