Twenty-five years ago, while reading the Bible, God miraculously changed my life. He communicated through His Word I was a sinner and needed forgiveness. This experience convinced me God is the author of the Bible. But could I persuade someone else? Can I convince you?
I will begin by letting the Bible speak for itself. Some people will object to allowing the Bible to standup for itself. However, in a court of law a man can testify in his own behalf. Why shouldn’t the Bible be a witness to who wrote it?
The Bible claims God as the author.
What would we expect if God were the author? We would see scriptures like Exodus 5:1, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says:” and then God warns Pharaoh. Throughout the Bible we would see God quoted over and over again and this is exactly what we find. In Genesis 12:1 “Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you.” Many verses can be sited with God speaking to various individuals.
The Bible is also crystal clear on its claim scripture comes from God through the work of men. In 2 Timothy 3:16 it says in the New International Version (NIV) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” A different translation, like the New American Standard Bible (NASB), instead of “God-breathed” it says, “All Scripture is inspired by God…”
The words God-breathed or inspired means the content of Scripture are the very words of God given through the Spirit-moved writers. God was the origin, the source, and the producer of the Bible. Peter, one of the disciples of Jesus, further explains inspiration. We read in 2 Peter 1:21 “…for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
The writers of the Bible didn't write whatever they wanted—it was not by their own interpretation. They were “carried along” or “moved” by the Holy Spirit. This is the same word that is used to describe the wind blowing in the sail of boat. When the wind blew, the boat moved. When the wind stopped so did the boat. The writers were moved by God through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jeremiah was reflecting on his encounter with God; Jeremiah 1:9 “Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” The very words from Jeremiah in order to warn the nation of Israel came from God. He not only spoke what God desired but also wrote the very words of the LORD. Jeremiah 1:1-2 “The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,  to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.” Jeremiah’s words were God’s words.
The writers of the Bible weren’t like a court reporter writing down every word God said. Rather, He used their minds, personalities, vocabularies, and life experiences to bring life to His book. They communicated exactly what God wanted.
Now the Bible claiming God as the author is not evidence for God as the author. What I have established is if God is the author then this is what we would expect; God inspiring human writers to reveal what He wants. However, any book can make this claim. The Book of Mormon claims to be from God through Joseph Smith; Muslims believe the Koran speaks the very words of God. Both these books contradict the Bible and each other, so they all cannot be from God. I will have to provide supporting evidence to demonstrate the Bible is from God.
The opening paragraph, in the article written by Michael Coogan, is going spawn a series of evidences in the support of the Bible being God’s Word. He is either ignorant of the Christian position or he thinks he can fool the average reader. With his scholarly background, how he can be ignorant of the Christian position is beyond me. But since I don’t know his motives, I don’t want to accuse him of intentional deception. I’ll just move forward to my next series of posts and let you be the judge.