One of the excuses people make for not believing the Bible revolves around the idea that the writings in the Bible were written by men. Which is very true. All the sacred documents from any religion on earth were written down by men or women. Historical documents are the same way. So why can we trust the Christian Bible over other documents? What makes it different?
The first thing that makes the Christian Bible different is WHO inspired it. The Bible itself testifies that it was written down by people. Peter explains this very well in 1 Peter 1:16-21. First, he tells us that he and the other apostles were eyewitnesses to the things that happened, and they shared the story. He goes on to describe how the prophets that lived centuries before him were moved by the Spirit of God. This means they were inspired by God.
Consider that the Bible has withstood many attacks against it and has proven to historically accurate time after time. The Bible as contained in the Old and New Testaments is the testimony of how God has interacted with humanity and all of creation since the beginning. Of all the documents from ancient times it has by far some of the earliest and most abundant manuscripts or portions of manuscripts.
Next, remember that the Bible was written by 40 different authors over a period of about 1600 years. Yet it presents one message and one very clear image of God and is not in conflict with itself.
Some will try to tell us there are a lot of errors in the Bible, due to differences in translation. Translation from one language to another is difficult work, that is why scholars train for years in the original languages and spend 100s of hours working in groups to give us accurate translations. As my New Testament Greek professor, Dr. Philip Clapp told us concerning the New Testament translations, “There is not one major doctrine of Christianity that rests on a debatable text of Scripture.” Dr. Clapp was one of many scholars who helped with creating the New International Version of the Bible.
In our generation with a myriad of human ideas about what is right and what is wrong, more than ever we need to turn back to the teachings of God’s Word, the Holy Christian Bible, trust it to the point of obeying all that it says. When we trust in Christ as it teaches us to, the Holy Spirit will guide us in understanding what we need to know and into all God’s truth. God spoke it, and will teach it to us, if we first trust it. As Peter said, “Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God. – 2 Peter 1:20-21 NLT.