Is The Unity Of The Bible Evidence That It Is God's Word?
This is a guest post from the late Adrian Rodgers. Rogers served as the Senior Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee. You can see the whole series on A God-Centered Worldview here.
Because of Its Wonderful Unity
Let me give you a reason we can know the Bible is the Word of God. It is the wonderful unity of the Bible: one book, Genesis through Revelation, but it is also sixty-six books—thirty-nine books in the Old Testament and twenty-seven books in the New Testament. It is a compilation of books written by at least forty authors, and perhaps more. These people lived in a period of time that would span at least sixteen hundred years. They lived in about thirteen different countries and on three different continents.
Think about this. They came from all backgrounds: some were shepherds, and some were kings; some were soldiers, and others were princes; some were fishermen; some were scholars; some were historians; some were professional men, and some were common laborers. And the Bible is written in different styles and in at least three different languages. But when you bring all that together, it makes one book that has one story beginning with Genesis and going through Revelation.
- The Bible has one theme—redemption.
- The Bible has one hero—the Lord Jesus.
- The Bible has one villain—the devil.
- The Bible has one purpose—the glory of God!
All of its parts fit together. Can you imagine taking forty different people over a period of sixteen hundred years from different countries and different occupations and telling them each to write independent of one another without having read what the others had written? Put that altogether and see what kind of a hodgepodge you would have! Yet you have this wonderful unity in the Word of God.
I have been seriously studying the Bible now for many years. Throughout this study I have not found hidden faults; I have found hidden treasures and affirmations. I find an amazing interconnectedness within the Word of God. It is astounding!
Not One Stone Too Many, Not One Too Few
Dr. R. A. Torrey gave this illustration—let me paraphrase it. Suppose in your city they decided to build a monument honoring all of the fifty states in the union. Stones are gathered from each state. For example, from my home state of Florida, they get coral stone; from Georgia perhaps they would get granite; from Indiana they get limestone; from Nevada, sandstone—all of the various kinds of stones in different colors.
Then let’s suppose that these stones are cut into different shapes; some are square, some are rectangular, some are cylindrical, some have a pyramid shape, some are like a trapezoid, and some have shapes that don’t even have a name. They are cut out in the quarry, put in crates, and shipped by barge, by rail, and by air to your city.
Workmen uncrate these stones and begin to put them together, and they all interface, and they all interlock. There is not one stone too many, not one stone too few. No stone needs to be built up; no stone needs to be shaved down. And when they’re finished, it is a magnificent temple.
You are a thinking person. Would you say that happened by chance? No, any thinking person would say that it did not happen by chance. There would have to have been a master architect who, in his mind, could see that building and had sent out the specifications to the quarry. Is that not true?
You see, when we get this Book written over a period of sixteen hundred years, forty different authors, three different languages, by men from all different walks of life and bring it together, it makes one beautiful temple of God’s truth. Nothing needs to be added or taken away or embellished.
There it stands—one Book! We can’t say that just happened, that it was just an accident. No! The unity of the Bible is one of the wonderful proofs of the inspiration of God’s Word—that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God.
This post is adapted from What Every Christian Ought To Know with permission from B&H.