The Holy Book: Is it all Man-made?

Over centuries, billions of people have read and continued to read the Bible. With over 780,000 words, a King James Version Bible is easily found in more than 60% of all countries worldwide. Despite having been well arranged and composed, a Bible is a collection of writings that were compiled over thousands of years, with scripts from various authors scattered throughout the globe. The majority of its readers, Jews included, believe God did inspire all mentioned biblical authors’ thoughts and words through the Holy Spirit; hence God’s Word. In fact, the first two tablets of Commandments are mentioned to have been inscribed by “God’s finger”. However, some do argue that God’s hand is just a figurative term used to show His presence. Although there is much doubt and criticism from critics, the Holy book does mention God as an author, through a hand.

The Hand of God in the Bible represents his manifestation in a form man can understand. Like the burning bush, the Lord communed with man through written words. Moses was the first to witness this extraordinary occurrence, according to the Hebrew Bible. Most consider him as the main author of the first five books of the Bible. The Egyptian Pharaoh’s magicians refer to It as God’s doing against them. As in Exodus chapter 31 verse 18, Moses receives the Ten Commandments on top of Mount Sinai, where it is said, “written with the finger of God”. Considering the Bible is a compilation of records of previous events, the delivery of written messages poses Him as an author too.

Like all other biblical authors, Moses'

Further ahead in time, the Hand of God was once more recorded in Babylon around the fourth century, as a warning to King Belshazzar of his imminent downfall. Daniel decodes an unreadable message written by God’s Hand as a final warning to Belshazzar’s blasphemy as in Daniel 5. The message of doom, which only Daniel could decipher, was a clear explanation of what happens to Kings who do not repent. The Hand of God can also be interpreted as a show of ultimate authority, with what is written being final and cannot be undone by any mortal’s hand. Similar to Falling Wicked Kings, is the inscription of the first set of Tables of Testimony which was also done by “God’s hand” itself, to signify the intenseness that came with the Commandments.

Like all other biblical authors, Moses’ writing was inspired by God. Early saints and those who related closely with Him recorded what they had witnessed or experienced through time, all of which is compiled into a Bible. Moses communed with God directly as he wrote a second set of tablets on Mount Sinai, as in Exodus chapter 24, in the fourth verse. John composed the book of Revelation after receiving spiritual revelation from God, to show unto His followers of “things to come”. As cited in second Timothy, the Scriptures are God-given to guide believers in walking an honest path. Many

Prophets, including Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jonah,

biblical authors and believers have mentioned God coming to them in different forms, leaving them with instructions or a message.

Prophets, including Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jonah, and Micah, all claim to have written the “Words of God”. John’s visions were parted to him by an Angel as is in Revelation chapter 1 verse 1. These examples illustrate that not only did God influence the writing process but sometimes directly conveyed messages to the authors.

The Holy Book: Is it all Man-made?

The Bible, as Christians know it today, is only but a compilation of around 60 inspired writings. Some of these writings are personal letters like those of Paul or books of history, all of which should be read and interpreted differently. Stone tablets made for Moses are among the most influential religious texts in religion. Having been written with God’s finger” according to Exodus chapter 31 verse 18, the tablets make up the basic foundation on which Christianity is based. Despite being written text, like any other letter or poem that was written back then, most religious scholars and critics still fail to recognize these legendary Tables of Testimony as scripts that define the Bible. In fact, much criticism faces the acceptance of the stones as a source like other writings as they were lost in history and it is not known if they still exist. Most scholars and Bible readers have developed interpretations of such inconceivable events based on views from our spiritual leaders, being unaware of the influence this creates.

Men of varied history and backgrounds penned what is today called a Bible. They were not perfect or omniscient people. Understandably, therefore, many gaps still exist when we attempt to look at the words as directly imparted to man from God. The writing hand of God appears in different timelines, being His direct manifestation. It was interpreted as the Holy Scripture and stood to guide believers in doing good by your neighbor with the promise of “eternal life.” Overlooking all the doubts and misconceptions that come with the interpretation of a copy of the Holy Book, it is considered by billions as a guide to Righteousness, a guide to proper living on Earth.