The Bible was written by about forty writers over a period of 1600 years. It was written by authors whose education and background varied greatly – kings, shepherds, scientists, attorneys, an army general, fishermen, priests, and a physician. These writers, in most cases, had never met. Yet, though it seems totally inconceivable, the 66 books maintain harmony with each other.
The Bible is united in purpose, theme, development, and coordination. This could only be possible because God inspired holy men with what to write. The holy Book is basically God’s impressions and messages written in human language.
If we ask people who have seen an identical event, each will give a report of what happened. They may differ widely and could contradict each other in some way. Yet the Bible, penned by 40 writers over a 1,500-year period, reads as if written by one great mind. And, indeed, it was: “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21).
The Holy Ghost “moved” them all. He is the real Scripture’s Author. “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, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
In His service,