Can We Still Trust That the Bible Is God’s Word Even Though It Was Written by Humans?

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A common argument against the Bible is it cannot be trusted or be infallible because it was written by humans, but Bible itself answers this question, and the truth is – all our science and knowledge are authored by humans, too.

Can the Bible still be God’s word even though humans wrote it?

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

–2 Timothy 3:16-17

A repeated argument made by nonbelievers is that the Bible cannot be trusted or is made up because humans are the ones who wrote it down.

This argument fails on two fronts:

1. The Bible itself defends against this assertion.

The apostle Peter wrote:

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

–2 Peter 1:20-21

The apostle Peter also anticipated the claims we hear often today that Jesus was simply a “made up” character or “copycat” Savior.

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”

–2 Peter 1:16

2. All of our science and other knowledge is written by humans.

The argument that we cannot trust the Bible because it was written by humans fails by being too broad, J. Warner Wallace writes. He argues Most of the world seems to trust Charles Darwin’s work on the Origin of Species to explain life, even though some scientists disagree with it, and it was written by a human.

There are many ancient figures and manuscripts we trust implicitly, yet they have less proof or documentation than the Bible and/or accounts of Jesus.

Examples include Julius Caesar, Plato, Aristotle, to name a few.

Historical proof of prophecy and archaeological finds

Another area in which the Bible proves its veracity is through prophecy. Dozens of historical events were correctly predicted by profits and can be verified today as historical facts.

Another way in which the Bible continues to verify itself is through archaeological finds.

In Israel, and this has been especially true within the last two years, major discoveries have been made by archaeologists that verify places and/or events that were mentioned in the Bible that have only now been unearthed.

An ancient Christian church was uncovered in lower Galilee in 2020 and a number of finds have been made in the City of David.

The more such discoveries are made, the more the Bible demonstrates its content is factual.