The Harmony and Unity of the Bible

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If we were to take, as Josh McDowell suggests, just 10 great authors, all from the same walk of life an the same generation, place, time, mood, language, and continent and let them address only one controversial subject, what would be the chance of them agreeing? In contrast, the Bible Was written by 40+ authors from very diverse walks of life over a period of 1600 years (over 60 generations) in many different places and different moods on three continents and addresses many controversial subjects; yet it forms one harmonious whole! This is remarkable evidence that it is the product of One Mind, the divine, which spans all time.

Josh McDowell writes:

“Here is a book written over 1600 year span . . . over 60 generations . . . by 40 plus authors from every walk of life including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars, ect: Moses, a political leader, trained in the universities of Egypt; Peter , a fisherman; Amos , a herdsman; Joshua, a military general; Nehemiah, a cupbearer; Daniel, a prime minister; Luke, a doctor; Solomon, a king; Matthew, a tax collector; Paul, a Rabbi. . . in different places: Moses in the wilderness; Jeremiah in a dungeon; Daniel on a hillside and in a place; Luke while traveling; John on the isle of Patmos; others in the rigors of a military campaign . . . at different times: David in times of war; Solomon in times of peace . . during different moods: some writing form the heights of joy and others writing from the depths of sorrow and despair. on three continents: Asia , Africa, and Europe. . . . in three languages: Hebrew. . . Aramaic . . . Greek . . . . Its subject matter includes hundreds of controversial subjects. A controversial subject is one which would create opposing opinions when mentioned or discussed. Biblical authors spoke on hundreds of controversial subjects with harmony and continuity form Genesis to Revelation. There is one unfolding story: “God’s redemption of man.” (Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Campus Crusade:San Bernardino, CA; 1972, pp. 19,20)

continued . . . .

F.F. Bruce adds,

“The writings themselves belong to a great variety of literary types. They include history, law (civil, criminal, ethical, ritual, sanitary), religious poetry, didactic treatises, lyric poetry, parable and allegory, biography, personal correspondence, personal memoirs and diaries, in addition to the distinctively Biblical types of prophecy and apocalyptic. For all that, the Bible is not simply an anthology; there is a ; unity which binds the whole together. An anthology is compiled by an anthologist, but no anthologist compiled the Bible. . . Any part of the human body can only be properly explained in reference to the whole body. And any part of the Bible can only be properly explained in reference to the whole Bible.” (The Books and the Parchments; Revell: Westwood, NJ; 1963, pp88,89; quoted in McDowell).

Robert L. Saucy writes:

“The message of the Bible is one great drama in which all the parts fit together. From “Paradise Lost” in Genesis to “Paradise Regained” in Revelation, the Bible represents the unfolding of God’s great purpose for man which is worked out through His Son. Jesus Himself declared that the Scriptures bore witness of Him (John 5:39 0. In the O. T. –as the hope of the world– and in the New–as the fulfillment of that hope–Christ and His work are the cord that ties all of the Scriptures together.” (Is the Bible Reliable?; Victor: Wheaton, IL; 1978, p.39)

R.A. Torrey said,

“It is not a superficial unity, but a profound unity. On the surface, we often find apparent discrepancy and disagreement, but as we study, the apparent discrepancy and disagreement disappear, and the deep underlying unity appears. The more deeply we study, the more complete do we find the unity to be. The unity is also an organic one–that is, it is not the unity of a dead thing, like stone, but of a living thing, light a plant. In the early books of the Bible we have germinant thought; as we go on we have the plant, and further on the bud, and then the blossom, and then the ripened fruit. In Revelation we find the ripened fruit of Genesis.” (The Bible and Its Christ: Revell:NY; 1904-1906, p.26; quoted in Standing On the Rock, James Montgomery Boice; Tyndale:Wheaton, IL; 1984, p56).

One way this unity can be quickly underscored and verified is to read the first three chapters of Genesis and then the last three chapters of Revelation. Throughout the Bible Christ contains many intricately woven subthemes such as sin, death, cleansing by sacrificial blood, eternal life, love, sanctification, ect.

Evidence of the Inspiration of Scripture by Leon Stump bes/4610/biblio/evidence.html


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