Christians: again, who wrote the bible?
Topic: Assumptions of case study method
June 26, 2019 / By Liza Question:
i asked this question before, but the answers i got contradicted each other, so i'm asking it again.
however, the majority of the answers said that the holy spirit (sent by god) inspires the pious to write the bible, so, is this true?
if it is true, then:
are those pious the authors of the bible? and how many authors do you have?
why would god send a prophet (Jesus) when he can send a holy spirit to inspire people and guide them to the right path?
did the mission of the holy spirit end in inspiring people to write the bible? or not?
if not, and the holy spirit still descends to inspire the pious in writing the bible, then, let's assume that the holy spirit inspired a pious man who wasn't one of the authors, will the things he was inspired with be written in the bible?
what's the difference between a prophet and a man inspired by the holy spirit?
what makes you 100% sure that the holy spirit inspired those who wrote the new testament,
can you prove it?
thank you in advance...
please, if you are going to answer, then, don't pick and choose and answer them all with details... or, don't you know the answers to these questions??
@skye, according to your answer i can understand that Jesus wasn't a prophet, then, what about Noah, David, Lut...etc ? they are prophets, right?
another question, why do you have more than one version of the bible? why didn't god save it's original language to prevent any differences between the translated versions?
@Tristen "There are many lines of evidence confirming the reliability of scripture in areas" can you mention some...
Best Answers: Christians: again, who wrote the bible?
Karla | 1 day ago
"the holy spirit (sent by god) inspires the pious to write the bible, so, is this true?"
Under Christin doctrine the Bible is inspired by God (including the 3rd person of the Godhead - the Holy Spirit). The piety of the author is an assumption, but not part of the doctrine.
"are those pious the authors of the bible?"
Most of the human authors of scripture are named, so their degree of faith and devotion are known (such as known prophets and apostles). But that's not always the case.
"how many authors do you have?"
Not all authors are named, so we assume 'more than' the forty who are named.
"why would god send a prophet (Jesus) when he can send a holy spirit to inspire people and guide them to the right path?"
Jesus mission went well beyond teaching. His mission was to suffer the consequences of our transgressions on our behalf - thus creating a pathway by which humanity could be reconciled to God.
"did the mission of the holy spirit end in inspiring people to write the bible?"
The Holy Spirit still ministers on earth however, the authorship of scripture is complete. That's because the path of salvation is now open. God's method of salvation has been revealed and accomplished. There is no reason for any subsequent covenant or revelation. Grace cannot be improved upon.
The only directions left are;
1. God could discount justice. In which case;
a) The sacrifice of Christ was in vain, &
b) God would cease to be just, which would mean we could no longer be guaranteed of any of His promises.
2. God could return to law which;
a) is a step backwards from grace, &
b) would directly undermine the sacrifice of Christ.
"what's the difference between a prophet and a man inspired by the holy spirit?"
A prophet is someone who speaks to humans on behalf of God (as opposed to a priest who ministers to God on behalf of people)
"Inspired" is a very general term that can mean a range of things (including prophetic utterance). There is a level of authority associated with the inspiration of scripture, to which all other claims of inspiration must defer.
"what makes you 100% sure that the holy spirit inspired those who wrote the new testament"
There are many lines of evidence confirming the reliability of scripture in areas that can be tested (primary evidence from archaeology, Biblical manuscripts, non-Biblical Christian and non-Christian sources). So it is also rational for a person to assume that the Bible is also reliable in untestable claims (such as supernatural miracles).
I also have personal experience with God, which is consistent with Biblical claims. Remembering, you asked me why I am convinced - I understand that this evidence means little outside of myself.
Having studied several belief systems, the Bible is the only one that is overwhelmingly consistent with the reality I observe and experience.
"can you prove it?"
The use of absolutest concepts like 'proof' are irrational in the context in which you have used it. Nothing can be 'proven' the way you are suggesting.
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To my knowledge, there is no evidence that contradicts the historical account of the New Testament. Part of my confidence in the Bible's reliability stems from this overall consistency. Mentioning only some of the lines of evidence does not contribute to my argument. If you have an evidence demonstrating the unreliability of the New Testament's history, I am happy for you to email me. The YA character limit won't allow for a proper discussion here.
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Originally Answered: Christians, how do you overcome the feeling of being skeptical of what the bible writers wrote and claimed?
Before I ever read the Gospels of Jesus Christ, I always thought their was something wrong with how I viewed the world. I could not comprehend why people were so mean to each other, why people would destroy themselves and everything around them.
Than I read the words of Jesus, and his words explained to me why I felt like I had felt about the world.
I believe in Jesus, I do not believe in Moses, Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, but I do believe in Jesus and the words he spoke.
I have read each and every word that has been attributed to being the "quoted" words spoken by Jesus.
In following all the Words spoken by Jesus, I have learned the TRUTH concerning Moses, the Prophets, and the Apostles.
Christians believe in all their words, because they believe that the intire bible was inspired by God, but I believe Jesus the Christ who said,
NO MAN HAS EVER HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD, NOR SEEN HIS SHAPE. Because I believe Jesus, I searched the bible and all the words spoken by Jesus to see if it was TRUE, that Moses or the Prophets had never heard or seen God. And if the words spoken by Jesus were True, what did Moses and the Prophets actually hear and see if it was not God.
Jesus told me in John 1:17-18, John 3:14, John 4:21-22, John 5:37, John 6:32-67, John 10:8, Luke 24:25, and Revelation 12:9.
Jesus explained what the "darkness" was in John 3:19-21as Moses said his God lived in Exodus 20:21.
First of all, the basis for the Bible is, that God has spoken. Unless, one believes in God and that He has in fact communicated His will to mankind, it is pointless to pursue further study of scripture or obedience to the Bible (as the word of God) for that matter.
The answer is simple. Prophecy. This includes history written in advance and the revealing of things otherwise hidden. No other book can or does make this claim, as well as, follows through. ONLY THE BIBLE! Proving that although it was written by the hands of men, it obviously came from the mind of God.
You asked, "Why would God send a prophet, such as Jesus when he can send a Holy Spirit to inspire people and guide them to the right path?
Jesus had to come, in order to save us from the wages of sin-death. Without His sacrifice, we could not be reconciled to God and receive the gift of eternal life.
When we accept what Jesus did for us as Savior and receive Him as the Lord of our lives, we then receive w/that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit...God in the Spirit living w/in us.
The Holy Spirit is not just some holy, heavenly spirit. He is in fact God, who is spirit and He is there to comfort, inspire and guide us on the path of righteousness.
However, this experience is different from some of the writers of the Bible.
The difference between a prophet and a man inspired of the spirit: Although both are inspired, a prophet is one who is chosen by God as a spokesperson to share a specific message regarding what has been revealed to him, but for others. Whereas, Christians who are men/women also, inspired by God are called to share God's general message of salvation for all mankind.
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The Holy Spirit of God is the author of scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16
Prophets and the recorders of history were the scribes who did the physical writing of it. 2 Peter 1:15-21, especially verse 21.
66 Books of the Bible.
40 different writers (scribes).
1,500+ years in the production.
Singular and consistent themes throughout.
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Too many questions ????which one do you want answered as there isn't enough room to answer them all,,, as for who wrote the bible all the men called by God wrote the Bible out of memory. The Lord gave these great men the tools to be able to remember, write, and share all their experiences with the Heavenly . Moses, David Solomon , Isaiah, Jeremiah, John the baptist, Apostle Paul, John the Disciple who walk with Jesus he received the vision of the End times... All men who accepted and believe in the Lord were all writers ,, As years went by monks translated the bible from Hebrew to Greek .. One of the best know bibles is the 1960 King James even though there are many more bibles in different languages.
The Holy Spirit was given to servants of the Lord after Jesus ascended to heaven to guide ,to help, and to protect HIS SERVANTS....
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Various authors throughout a long stretch of time wrote it about their experiences of God. The bible serves as a medium through which we connect to the Holy Spirit. It is only a medium, but a necessary one.
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Originally Answered: Hey Christians how do I understand the bible to glean information from it every time I have question people say read the bible?
You may feel the same way when you first read the Bible. You are stepping back into an ancient world that seems foreign to you. There you meet a people called Philistines, come across unusual customs, such as ‘ripping garments apart,’ or learn about a food called manna and a coin known as the drachma. (Exodus 16:31; Joshua 13:2; 2 Samuel 3:31; Luke 15:9) All of this could be confusing. As in the case of visiting a foreign land, would you not appreciate getting help from someone who could explain things to you?
HELP IN THE PAST
From the time the sacred writings were first penned in the 16th century B.C.E., help has been provided for people to understand the text. For instance, Moses, the first leader of the nation of Israel, “undertook to explain” what was written.—Deuteronomy 1:5.
Qualified instructors of the Scriptures were still on hand some ten centuries later. In 455 B.C.E., a large group of Jews, including many children, were gathered together in a public square in the city of Jerusalem. Bible instructors were there “reading aloud from the [same sacred] book.” But they did more. “They helped the people to understand what was being read.”—Nehemiah 8:1-8.
Five centuries later, Jesus Christ was involved in a similar educational work. In fact, he was primarily known among the people as a teacher. (John 13:13) He taught large crowds, as well as individuals. On one occasion, he spoke to a great multitude, giving the famous Sermon on the Mount, and “the crowds were astounded at his way of teaching.” (Matthew 5:1, 2; 7:28) In the spring of 33 C.E., Jesus spoke to two of his disciples while they were walking along the road toward a village near Jerusalem, “fully opening up [“clearly explaining,” footnote] the Scriptures” to them.—Luke 24:13-15, 27, 32.
Disciples of Jesus were also instructors of God’s Word. On one occasion, an official from Ethiopia was reading a certain passage of the Scriptures. A disciple named Philip approached him and asked: “Do you actually know what you are reading?” The Ethiopian replied: “Really, how could I ever do so unless someone guided me?” Philip then explained the meaning of the passage to him.—Acts 8:27-35.
HELP AVAILABLE TODAY
Like teachers and instructors of the Bible in the past, Jehovah’s Witnesses today are engaged in a Bible educational work in 239 lands worldwide. (Matthew 28:19, 20) Week by week, they help well over nine million individuals to understand the Bible. Many of those learners come from non-Christian backgrounds. These study sessions are free and can be held at one’s home or at another convenient location. Some people even enjoy their lessons by phone or video, using a computer or a mobile device.
Please contact any one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for details on how you can benefit from this arrangement. You will discover that, far from being a closed book, the Bible is “beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness,” so that you “may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.”—2 Timothy 3:16, 17.