Imagine trying to write an historic book dealing with events hundreds of years before you lived dealing with a different culture and place other than that in which you lived and getting all the place-names, people-names, events and customs exactly right. Now imagine trying to do so without any internet and very limited access to often inaccurate documents and oral tradition. This was the challenge for Moses in writing Genesis and only one example of the challenges faced by the human authors of scripture in seeking to write accurate accounts. Those who argue against Mosaic authorship of Genesis only make this a greater problem suggesting many authors and redactors completing the process much later after the recorded events than if Moses had written the book. Indeed, the amazing accuracy of the Bible is another characteristic that is best explained by the model that presupposes that the Bible is the revelation of God demonstrating His existence and recording His message.
This accuracy extends not only to the historic record, but to scientific statements as well. The Bible makes statements that assume scientific truths that were not known by humans at the time of its writing. It even makes declarations of scientific truth that were not “discovered” by scientists until thousands of years later. In fact, some scientist used the Bible itself to guide them into their discoveries.
The accuracy of the Bible also extends to its accurate portrayal of human nature. The Bible very accurately describes human nature and how humans really respond to each other and their circumstances, a real accomplishment to which many writers can attest. Indeed, the Bible displays amazing accuracy in whatever field it addresses.
In my next posts, Lord willing, when I can write and publish them (cf. my last post), I will support these claims with a sampling of examples emphasizing the Bible’s accuracy in its statements of history, science, and human nature. This characteristic of the Bible again raises the question as to which model or presupposition best explains this amazing accuracy. How could any naturalistic process produce this kind of accuracy? What other ancient books demonstrate a similar accuracy in history and science? Surely, if this were a normal, natural phenomenon, there would be many other examples. Is it more rational to believe this accuracy is the result of natural processes of book writing in the ancient world or is it more rational to believe that the Bible is the revelation of God demonstrating that God really exists and has communicated to us? I contend that it the result of God revealing Himself.