That Was Inspired
by Andrew Corbett
It was Athanasius (who lived in the fourth century) who first pointed out that if there was God it would be reasonable to assume that He would reveal Himself by communicating with His creation. Christians believe that God has indeed communicated with people through the Bible. They consider the 66 books which make up the Bible are inspired by God and since they are inspired by God, they are without error (“inerrant”). Ask the average Christian and they’ll probably confirm this, but ask them why they believe this and they may not be able to tell you. If that’s you, you might want to read this.
The entire case for Christianity stands or falls on one of its central claims – that the Bible is uniquely and divine inspired and is without error. Christians have three main reasons for believing this. This may surprise those who have accepted the non-Christian mantra that faith is what you need to believe something when there is no evidence to believe it. But this is not what the Christian means by ‘faith’. Rather, ‘faith’ is akin to ‘trust’, for the Christian. Trust is only ever trust when it is grounded in good reasons. Therefore, ‘blind-faith’ bears no resemblance to the kind of faith the Bible prescribes.
¶ Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
1. JESUS ATTRIBUTED THE SCRIPTURES TO DIVINE AUTHORSHIP
Jesus of Nazareth asserted that the Scriptures were uniquely authoritative and divinely inspired (Jn. 10:35; 13:18). It’s not that the Bible contains the Word of God – it is the Word of God. Jesus claimed that He and the Father were “one” (John 10:30). Thus, Jesus is the Inspirer of the entire Bible – including all of the Old Testament. He shocked His original audience claiming that everything in the Old Testament pointed to Him –
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And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
Someone may accuse me of ‘circular reasoning’ by citing Jesus as proof of the divine inspiration of the Scriptures. But I am not at this stage claiming that the source of what Jesus said is divinely inspired. I am only (at this stage) treating the statements by Christ to be historically valid and verifiable. The character and integrity of Jesus The Christ is wedded to His repeated claim that the Scriptures were the ‘word of God’ which ‘could not be broken’ (Jn. 10:35) ‘must be fulfilled’ (Jn. 13:18) and ‘spoke of Himself’ (Lk. 24:27).
To claim that Jesus was a great moral teacher and then attempt to assert that what He taught was misguided or wrong is to deny the actual claim and make a contradictory claim: that Jesus was misguided and wrong. Because the historical account weighs so heavily and is so universally acknowledged, that He was a great moral teacher with impeccable character, it stands to reason that what He said was correct…