Who wrote the Bible?

The question is, “Did man write the Bible, or did God write the BIble, or did men inspired by God write the Bible.”  

Let us look at what Scripture says.

Exodus 24:3

 When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.”

Exodus 34:1

The LORD said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.

Exodus 34:27

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”

Deuteronomy 10:2

I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Then you are to put them in the chest

Deuteronomy 27:8

And you shall write very clearly all the words of this law on these stones you have set up.

Isaiah 8:1

The LORD said to me, “Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.

Isaiah 30:8

Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll, that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.

Jeremiah 1:9

Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth.”

Jeremiah 30:2

This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.

Ezekiel 43:11

and if they are ashamed of all they have done, make known to them the design of the temple – its arrangement, its exits and entrances – its whole design and all its regulations and laws. Write these down before them so that they may be faithful to its design and follow all its regulations.

Zechariah 7:12

They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry.

Habakkuk 2:2

Then the LORD replied: Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

Revelation 1:19

Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.

Jesus Himself said God said,

Mt 22:31-32

31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32 “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.

Jesus said His teaching came from the Father:

John 7:16

Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.

Jesus said the Holy Spirit would teach the apostles all truth and remind them what He had taught:

John 14:26

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

John, the apostle loved by Jesus, claimed accuracy:

Jn 21:24

This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

Peter said all scripture comes from God,

2 Peter 1:20-21

20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Peter called Paul’s writings Scripture:

2 Peter 3:15-16

15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Paul said that all Scripture is God-breathed:

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

So, God said it (breathed it) and used the human authors to transcribe the exact message He wanted written.

If I use a secretary to write my memoirs, it is still me writing it, using a human writer to write my message. The same is true for God.

So, God wrote the Bible, by speaking it to the human writers. There are no inaccuracies because God is powerful enough to have the message He wanted written to be written, using the writer, each with his own style, language, intended purpose, and audience.

As for the collection of books that make up the New Testament, it would be more accurate to say the bishops of the church across the world met together in the 4th century and agreed with God as to what books He wanted in the New Testament.

It IS interesting to note the Roman Catholic Church added to the list of books of the Bible at the time of the reformation.

[note: added this paragraph 10/9/2008)]  I added “of books of the Bible” to the line above to clarify what I was trying to say. As for the collection of books that make up the Old Testament, the Jewish people had already decided upon which books should be canonical by the time of Christ. There existed some books that the church fathers considered good for reading, but there was dispute in Christianity as to whether they should be considered part of the canon of Scripture. It was not until the Council of Trent that the Roman Catholic Church decided to add certain apocryphal works to what was considered the canon of the Old Testament.

Please see these posts for further discussion:




4 Responses

  1. The Roman Catholics did not meet in the 16th century and add books to the New Testament. Where is your proof? Just the same tired conspiracy theories.

  2. Actually, Yes they did, at the council of Trent.

    In short, while some held them to be from God, the apocryphal works have always been considered to NOT be from God by many in the church. In fact, the man who translated the Latin Vulgate made it clear he did not believe them to be canon. Athanasius and Cyril of Jerusalem. Josephus, even Cardinal Cajetan (the man who opposed Luther at Augsburg in 1518 ) did not include the apocrypha in his commentary “All the Authentic Historical Books of the Old Testament “.


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  4. Upon re-reading this entry, I find Polycarp is correct: the RCC did not meet to add to the NEW Testament. They actually added to the OLD Testament. It is those books known as the apocrypha (or as Catholics know them: deuterocanonical) books that were added. I will edit the post to make this correction.

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