The Authority of the Bible
Before we can get into what the Bible says about itself, we need to clear the skeptics away. First, you need to remember that the Bible is not merely one book, but a library of 66 books, all with a unifying theme and purpose that is all divinely inspired by our Lord. This is important because the primary objections for using the Bible to claim authority for itself is considered a logical fallacy by academia and educated skeptics. To them, it would be just plan dumb to consider the Bible relevant because of its age and using just “one source” (itself) to prove itself. It would be like quoting a single magazine article which says it holds all of the truth, and using that same article to prove it, versus using scores of separate research and information to state the case. Using one source is what crazy people and cult leaders do! But, the Bible is not just one book! So, there is no logical fallacy in using Scripture to support Scripture!
Let me give our scientific friends a thought; in the scientific field of physics, the Holy Grail quest is to find a theorem to unify all the fields of physics and natural law, to tie all of these scientific statements of facts such as gravity, things measured, and things observed together in one neat package. Sound easy? Well, all of these fact-based sciences contradict one another, and sometimes even themselves! This would include quantum mechanics, Newtonian law and string theory, to Einstein’s relativity. This quest is call the “Unified Field Theory.” Some of the brightest minds that have ever existed, such as Steven Hawking and Einstein himself, spent all of their professional lives in search of it, but no one can find it. Why is this important or relevant? Because, all those disciplines of science “facts” contradict one another! The Bible does not; and it was written over a 1,500-year period of time. Even Shakespeare, author of the greatest English works of literature of all time, does not come close! So, we can take a confident look into God’s Word to see what the Bible says about itself!