The term “inspired by God” is one which is often difficult for some people to comprehend. Without a background in religion, it’s one that can prompt all sorts of questions that are very difficult to find answers for. Or, at least genuine answers.
A lot of this confusion stems from the definition of inspiration itself. This is because that when it is used in the context of the bible, the “traditional meaning” is much different than what many of us are used to. Most of us view it as a term in relation to the emotions from an experience, whilst in the context of the bible it’s seen as a divine influence on the prophets, or a supernatural influence which allows people to communicate the truth”. As you can imagine, the actual definition is even longer than this, but for the purposes of simplicity this is the best way in which it can be described according to Calvary Houston Church.
Of course, if you were to delve deep into the Bible, it would become clear that “inspiration” is a term which is barely used. In fact, it’s only used twice through the whole Bible, although many suggest that it is referred to indirectly throughout.
Now that the definitions are over, and most of us are hopefully aware of what inspiration means, let’s take a look at what it means when people suggest that the Bible is the inspired work of God.
In short, this refers to the notion that God is responsible for much of the context. As we all know, there were several writers that contributed to the Bible. In fact, there were 40, although many just know the common names like Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to name a few.
When people refer to the text being the inspired work of God, it means that He effectively collaborated with these writers. Each writer came from a different period. For example, in the case of Moses, this was the first writer of the Bible and covered his era. Then, if we refer back to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, this covered the era of Jesus. To coin both of these examples, this should highlight that God was utilizing people from different eras and geographical locations, in a bid to spread the message to as many people as possible, in as many different regions as possible. In short, the message would be translated all over the world.
At this point, many question whether or not the Bible really can be inspired in this manner. One only has to analyze the text to gain a clear understanding of this. For example, many quotes refer to the words of God, or the guidance provided by Him. As these writings have originated from so many different time periods, the belief is that this inspiration is real and God has been at the side of the writer through each of the elements of the book.