Have you ever wondered why Christians carry Bibles, read Bibles, quote from their Bibles, and arrange their entire life around the teachings of a book called “The Holy Bible”? Have you ever wondered why Christians gladly listen to sermons about this book, the Bible?
The simple and short answer is this—Christians believe that the Bible is God’s Word. For that reason, Christians take it seriously.
Perhaps, you believe that the Bible was written by men, that it is full of stories that could not possibly be true, and that no intelligent person could take such a book seriously. If so, you have misunderstood what Christians believe about the Bible, and you are guilty of unbelief.
The Holy Spirit, who is God, inspired the Bible. The word used in Scripture is “God breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Holy Spirit breathed out the words of the Bible. He did that by inspiration. The Holy Spirit prepared and chose certain men to write the various parts of the Bible—men like Moses, David, Paul and John. The words of the Bible “came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21). In other words, the Bible is not the opinion of Moses, David, Paul or John, although God used these men as instruments to write the Scriptures. God not only used, but He created, the personalities of the human writers. He moulded their lives to prepare them to be the living instruments by which He would record His message to His people.
This means that the Bible is a miracle. The very words of Scripture are the Word of God, each chosen to communicate a specific message—the message of Jesus Christ. What the Bible says, God says. What the Bible promises, God promises. What the Bible warns and threatens, God warns and threatens. What the Bible commands, God commands. What the Bible forbids, God forbids.
Why, then, if the Bible is clearly the Word of God, do so many refuse to believe it? There is no insufficiency in Scripture. The problem lies in man’s blindness. If you took a blind man to watch a sunset, he would not see it. He does not have the faculty of sight to appreciate its beauty. Similarly, if you describe the glories of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures to an unbeliever, he cannot see them, because he is spiritually blind. The gospel—the good news—is “hid to them that are lost” (2 Corinthians 4:3). Only God can open our eyes.