The Bible is made up of 66 books written over 1,500 years and penned by about 40 different writers—most of whom did not know each other. The writers had different backgrounds, varying economic and educational levels and different levels of status and acceptance. They wrote in different geographic locations, in a variety of circumstances and while experiencing a variety of emotions. The Bible was written on three continents (Asia, Africa and Europe) and in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek). It was penned by human writers, in human language to record human and divine history and revelation. The Bible is unique in that it records the Word of God, given by God. No other book is written by the God of all creation. The Bible begins by giving an historical account of what once was, a world created perfect and in perfect harmony with God. From Genesis three, the sin of man and the promise of Saviour to come, to Revelation 22, the restoration of all things, God speaks through His Word to reveal Himself.
The Bible is God-breathed, Holy Spirit inspired, and provides all the answers to all the questions man has, especially those of utmost importance:
- Who is God?
- Who is man?
- Why am I here?
- What is wrong with the world and man?
- How can things be made right?
No other book has the unity and accuracy of the Bible. The unity is due to the fact that it has one author, God, who is revealed as one Triune God in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit (read: "How Can I Understand the Trinity?") The Bible reveals the Son, the second Person of the Trinity, to be our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible begins and ends with Jesus, and on every page is a testimony to His Person and His works (read: "See Jesus on Every Page of the Bible!"). We do not worship the Bible. We worship the person whom the Bible reveals, the Lord Jesus Christ.