The Judeo-Christian God is a subject of intrigue for scholars who study religion, held in awe and submission by adherents of this Deity. The Bible is the primary basis of faith in God as both Christians and Jews view its texts as words spoken by God. The Bible contains 66 Books in total, divided in what is called The New and Old Testaments or periods.
A study through the Bible can give insight into whether claims made that God Himself authored the book are true, factual or mythical and hearsay. Some questions that will be asked are; if God wrote the Bible as claimed, where is the proof?. If the Bible is the proof, can it be put to test for infallibility?. God says His Word is Himself, quoted in some texts in the Bible. These will be investigated as well. Use of various translations of The Bible could also prove useful.
‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God’ is a verse seen in the Bible in 2 Timothy 3:16, used to mean God was involved in its writing. There is no clear mentioning that God Himself held a pen to write the scriptures, only that a writer was inspired to do it. In Habakkuk 2 vs 2, God instructs prophet Habakkuk to write down the vision given. Paul in some of his letters sent directly to the churches mentions himself as the author of these books. Examples include Galatians 6 vs 11 where he says he, Paul is the writer of the text, or Philippians 3 vs 1 partly saying ‘to write to you’ indicating Paul’s penmanship of these books. Moses is a classic example of one who was told by God to write down instructions for the people of Israel on mount Sinai, referred to as the ten commandments.
In other places, authors can be seen directly speaking to God, asking or crying out to Him for help, or praising, worshiping, giving thanks. Words like praise The LORD at all times or give thanks to the LORD for He is good are found in Psalm. Does God then worship Himself?. There are sections where God speaks or is said to have spoken calling on mankind to turn back to Him. These occurrences seem contradictory, more like a narration or a work of fiction. In fact, atheists say that there is no proof that the Bible was written by God and that the Bible just represents scholarly excellence.
Further scrutiny of statements in The Bible clearly shows instructions were given to certain individuals to copy down all that is directly spoken by God. In Revelation 21 vs 5 a part of it says, ‘write this down’, spoken by Jesus, who claims to be God. Some biblical translations even highlight in red words spoken by Jesus in the four gospels, deemed to be the very words of God. Jesus says He is the Father, when He tells Philip in John 14 vs 9 that whoever has seen him has seen the Father(God), can be used as evidence of involvement of God as the writer of The Bible. He again in Matthew says that the world will pass away, but His words would remain, meaning the Bible. The Bible is a historical book, archaeological evidence of former cities mentioned in it dug up in Iraq(formerly Babylon), Egypt, Israel, confirming that accounts narrated in it are true.
God proves His existence through what has been excavated, an approach also used by scientists to investigate authenticity of physical data. This can form a strong foundation on whether to accept or place faith in the claims made by any author concerning a subject in their writings. Faith-based groups are the main source of experiential evidence of God writing the Bible. Followers of these entities have made public claims of God speaking to them as they studied His word, dogmatic about changing their minds about God literally speaking to them. God is Spirit, they say, and He can only use people to write down what He wants them to know, adding that God’s sovereignty is clear to men in all that He has created. The Bible can only be believed to be from him, His own mouth, not men.