INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE
“The Bible, at first sight, appears to be a collection of literature—mainly Jewish. If we enquire into the circumstances under which the various Biblical documents were written, we find that they were written at intervals over a space of nearly 1400 years. The writers wrote in various lands…not only separated from each other by hundreds of years and hundreds of miles, but belonging to the most diverse walks of life” Josh McDowell (ref#275, p17).
“…the Bible itself, fairly examined, is the best witness of its own inspiration” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p4). The 66 books contained in the Bible “…all tell the same story. They all give one account of man,–one account of God,–one account of the way of salvation,–one account of the human heart” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p9).
“The Bible alone gives a reasonable account of the beginning and end of the globe on which we live” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p4).
“It boldly handles matters which are beyond the reach of man, when left to himself. It treats of things which are mysterious and invisible,–the soul, the world to come, and eternity,–depths which man has no line to fathom” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p4).
“It is the book of the world, because He inspired it who formed the world,–who made all nations of one blood,–and knows man’s common nature. It is the book for every heart, because He dictated it who alone knows all hearts, and what all hearts require. It is the book of God” J.C. Ryle (ref#273, p13).
“Biblical authors spoke on hundreds of controversial subjects with harmony and continuity from Genesis to Revelation. There is one unfolding story: “God’s redemption of man” Josh McDowell (ref#275, p16).