Have you ever discussed some controversial subject with a small
group of your friends. Chances are, not everyone agreed with your
personal point of view! Do the guests of a typical television
talk show ever agree? Very rarely! In contrast, 40 different men
wrote the 66 books of the Bible and discuss hundreds of controversial
subjects, yet they all agree. What makes this even more remarkable
is that the 40 Bible writers lived as much as 1600 years apart.
Imagine their cultural differences! Despite this great potential
for contradiction between Bible writers, there is harmony and
unity in the Bible's message. That is because the Holy Spirit
was directly guiding each of the 40 men to write the Bible.
One scholar has noted that the unity found in the Bible is vastly
superior to the sacred writings of all other world religions,
including Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Bahai, and Islam. Anyone who
has ever studied these writings must admit they are jumbles of
disjointed material, without order, continuity or unity of any
kind. The 66 books of the Bible on the other hand, weave a unified
message from Genesis to Revelation.
Consider the high degree of unity found within the Bible. There
is nothing like this, not even approaching this, in any other
collection of sacred books of any world religion. The direct inspiration
of God is what sets the Bible apart from all other books. The
unity of the Bible is a powerful argument for divine inspiration
because even a small group of men can rarely come to any degree
of unity on even one topic.