“The Bible was written by bronze-age goat herders.” Even if goat herders were the writers of the Bible, that does not discredit the Bible. Personally, I would be impressed that any “uneducated” writers produced a text like the Bible in addition to them being able to read, write, and think theologically. The Bible did come from somewhere. People can see that the Bible existed generations ago. The substance of the Book attests to its identity and source.
Some assert, “You can’t use the Bible to prove the Bible.” Yes, I can — because the Bible came by various people in different periods writing about the same God. The Bible is a collection of 66 books written over 1,600 years by more than 40 named writers. The Bible is the most diverse book in history consisting of various genres and repeated themes. The Bible is united in its theology, which is its teaching about God. The writers did not introduce new gods. They built on the Abrahamic faith of one God as the Creator of the universe and the Source of all goodness (Gen 1:31; Exod 34:6–7).
How should people respond to the most influential book in history?Older parts of the Bible set the foundation and even predict future events confirmed in history while the newer texts attest to the existence and authenticity of past scriptures. Jesus used previously written Scripture to attest that He is the Son of Man — the Messianic King to receive the eternal kingdom from God (Mark 14:62; Dan 7:13–14).
Those who find themselves as a good judge of character perceive that Jesus is who He claimed to be as reported by the Bible writers. By trusting Jesus, Christians thus trust the Bible. For those seeking to do God’s will, Jesus taught that they who consider His words will know whether His teaching is from God or not (John 7:17). Faith in Jesus who used the Bible attests to the Bible, because Jesus quoted from past scriptures in the Old Testament and He promised to send His Spirit to guide His apostles and prophets into all truth and thus produced the New Testament Scriptures (John 14:26; 16:12–13).
Believers can trust that God has preserved the Bible as He desired. They can know this by faith in Jesus as the Christ. Jesus revealed, “My words will not pass away” (Mark 13:31). Jesus also taught that Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35). In further external support, Daniel Wallace reports that more than 5,800 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament Scriptures and almost another 20,000 in other languages including Latin and Coptic confirm that the Bible has not changed over 1500 years from the handwritten texts in the 1st century to the printing press in 15th century. Furthermore, generations of various writers in the early church cite and quote from the New Testament starting immediately after the apostles and prophets wrote the New Testament (cf. Clement of Rome). Early Christian writers in the 2nd and 3rd centuries commented on every book of the New Testament in detail of its content.
Those who disbelieve the Bible choose to view the world from an agnostic, negative, and distorted view of God and the Bible. They see contradictions because they want to see contradictions. For believers, the Bible is perfectly harmonious and unified. Much of the doubts concerning the Bible come from one’s personal perspective and moral conflict when that person refuses to view God by the wisdom that comes from God (cf. 1 Cor 1:21).
Thank God for the Bible! You believe that Jesus loves you and died for you, then study His Book. You believe that Jesus resurrected from the dead to give you eternal life, then study His words of life. View the world through God’s revelation to humanity and so see the truth of God’s written Word — the Bible.