Listen: 49 Question 5

The Bible contains 66 books.  There are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament.  The Bible was written by about 40 different people.  Of the 27 books of the New Testament, the Apostle Paul wrote 14 of them.  The Bible was written over a period of 1500 years by authors whose education and backgrounds were incredibly different.  Most of the writers of the Bible had met only a few of the other writers.  Some had not met any of the other writers.

Who determined who the writers of the Bible would be?  2 Peter 1:21 tells us that, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”  So no one decided to write a book of the Bible.  The Lord moved certain men to write the Bible.

How do we know the Bible is true?  In spite of the diversity and time span of the writers of the Bible, there are no mistakes; there are no contradictions; and there are no inaccuracies.  There are literally hundreds of Bible prophesies that have been fulfilled.  The Bible is completely historically and scientifically accurate.  These things, in themselves, show the divine inspiration of the Word of God.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.”  From Genesis to Revelation the Bible was inspired of God.  (49.5)