The Unity of the Bible
THE UNITY OF THE BIBLE
Have you even considered just how amazing the Bible is? The Bible is a collection of 66 books written by around 40 authors over a period of about 1600 years.
These men were diverse in many ways. One of them was a fishermen, one was a king, one was a shepherd, one was a tax collector, etc. They also wrote from vastly different periods of time and circumstances. Some wrote in times of peace and some in times of war.
The writers of the Bible wrote from many different countries, and two or three different continents. The apostle Paul wrote from prison.
Many of these writers did not know each and in some cases they never saw what other authors wrote.
Let me pause for a moment and say that these and other bits of information about the writers of the Bible can be verified. In fact, the Bible is the most thoroughly attested piece of ancient literature in existence.
But with all of the diversity we mentioned and much more, the books of the Bible mesh together in astonishing unity. The authors never contradict one another though they deal with thousands of different facts (such as people, places, and events). Not only do they not contradict one another, they actually complement and complete each other. Each book makes it’s unique contribution to the overall theme of the salvation of man through Jesus the Son. How is this astonishing unity even humanly possible? The truth is, it is not humanly possible! It really doesn’t take too much faith to believe the Bible is from God! (See 2 Pt. 1:21 and 2 Tim. 3:16-17.)