FIRST WEEK OF STUDIES
Truths I Should Believe


ABOUT THE BIBLE


Language is as old as man. Before Eve was created from the rib, Adam was making use of language to communicate with God. Both Adam and God made use of language by which they clearly understood each other. When God created Eve and presented her to Adam, there seems to have been immediate communcation between them through an oral spoken language.

Because they were created by God and in His likeness and image with abilities to think and communicate, then it is plausible to conclude that God created them as rational beings and gave them not only the ability to communicate, but the language that enabled them to communicate.

Until a time after the flood in the days of Nimrod, the whole world spoke one language. By an act of God the one world language was broken up in order to defeat the purposes of Nimrod and the people who worked with him on the Tower of Babel.

When written language was first used, we do not have sufficient evidence to say, though it would be hard to prove that Noah did not have historical records of creation and human life that he took with him into the ark. There are written documents that date back to the time of Abraham. However, Abraham, though the tenth generation from Shem, also lived during the life time of Shem. And Shem, one of the sons of Noah was born almost a hundred years before the flood. Since there was written language during the time of Abraham and Shem, we may conclude that Noah made use of written language even before the flood.

Our Bible as we know it was not written until a much later date. The first five books of the Bible were written by Moses about 1440 to 1400 B.C. The last book of the New Testament was written by the apostle John near the close of the first century A.D. with the possible exception of Job, which may have been written before the time of Moses. We can safely conclude that the Bible was written between 1450 B.C. and 100 A.D.

SCRIPTURES GIVEN BY INSPIRATION


Holy men of God wrote the books of the Bible by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This means that two different intelligent beings were working together to reach a common objective. The two were the man and the Spirit. Maybe it would be better to say a holy man and the Holy Spirit. A man without the help of the Holy Spirit could not write a Bible book and the Holy Spirit without the help of a holy man would not write one. Therefore, it took help of a holy man and the help of the Holy Spirit to write a Bible book.

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