The Bible as God's Word: Misconception or the True Conception

November 8, 2010


The Summit
Letter to the Editor
Professor Geoffrey Lantos, Marketing Department Director

In a Summit interview in the October 10 issue, Professor Michael Coogan explains that "the greatest misconception about the Bible is that god wrote it, every word, and that therefore [it] is absolutely and literally true." While I respect Dr. Coogan's vast biblical knowledge, which is far greater than mine, I must defend the Bible's integrity and respectfully disagree. For, without the Bible, our Christian faith has no firm foundation.

Yes, forty mere mortal men wrote the sixty-six books of the Bible, but, as 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 suggests, Scripture derives its authority from the fact that it is the very Word of the Living God: "All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Thus, the Bible is divine, not human, in origin. A frequent scriptural expression is "Thus saith the Lord" and its equivalents, which occur over 2500 times, often used to preface to prophets' pronouncements (e.g., Ezekiel. 1;3; "The Word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel"; Kings. 16;1: "The Word of the Lord came to Jehu").

The biblical writers penned their work under the Holy Spirit's guidance, i.e., they were inspired men of God. Inspiration was an action of God's Holy Spirit enabling His chosen prophets and apostles to communicate exactly what God intended, although each did so in his own unique style. This explains the unity of thought among great diversity of writing style and formats.

Although the Bible had many writers, there is a central message: salvation is found in Jesus Christ.

Peter said, "And there is salvation in