A question that I have heard from atheists and agnostics and even some professing “Christians” is if the Bible magically fell from the sky as from God. This is the central attack against Scripture because of if God really did author the Bible and its canon of books, then He must exist.
2 Peter 1:21, “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
The question is a fallacy, because the Bible literally did not fall from the sky but it surely did come from God, He is the author. By God using man to write down His word by His inspiration does not take away His authorship. Peter answers the question as to whether man or God is the author of Scripture, the answer he gives says that it did not come by the will of man.
In 2 Tim 3:16 we read “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. The key word here in the Greek is “theopneustos: To understand this word, we can break the word down. The word “theo” is a derivative of the word “theos” defined as”God”. The derivative of the word “pneō ” which means “to breathe in, to blow like the wind”. So the word is translated as “given by the inspiration of God” or “God breathed in” the words of Scripture. And as we saw from Peter above, the meanings of the words didn’t come by man’s will meaning their invention, but God’s. So by this is, it is evidentiary proof that those who believe in God must also believe Scripture is of His sole authorship.
There are no gray areas here as humanists will try to portray Scripture as man’s work. God used the personalities of the various writers and their styles, but it is always His authorship unless the human writer notes the word was not from God but of their own thinking or opinion as Paul does in 1 Cor 7 for example. So while the Bible may have not physically fell from the sky, the Author of the work resides in Heaven.
The next question, especially Roman Catholics, love in their personal attack against Scripture is who gets credit for the compilation of the Canon. It is the same answer as above, God does. Catholics have this idea that their council decided what the Bible should be and then told the world. Wrong, God was always the decider. In this, if you believe in God, you would also believe He could have used absolutely anyone or anything to show the world “this is My Bible”, it never gives the glory to the recognizer but always to God.
Why this is so very important to understand? Because the main attack against God and Christianity is that the Bible has been invented and corrupted by man. Anyone with logical reasoning cannot assume this to be true, because the Bible condemns man at every turn. Now if man were the inventor, and given our fallen nature, that sentiment would never show itself. It would dismiss sin and God’s holiness all together, because it then let’s mankind off the hook. In that corrupt version, mankind would be in control, and God would be the passive feeble onlooker.
All Scripture, meaning all 66 books of the Canon are under the inspiration of God, He breathed the words the writers by their own styles wrote down what He wanted conveyed. His promises are all there. Does it mean everything God ever did is in Scripture? No! It mean everything we need to know on faith, holiness, judgment, sin, justice, mercy, and His love are all there for us for the understanding. There is no higher source of God’s revelation.
The next time you hear the question “did the Bible from the sky?” from a professing Christian, your question in return should be their faith in God. Because that person, like the atheist or agnostic, does not have the faith necessary to actually believe God is the Author of Scripture, that He actually breathed out the word for mankind.