James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), Mark 3:17. Credit Christianity.com
I am often asked why do I believe the Bible when after all it was written by men? Well, it is a good question and worth looking into. Around 35 men, from Kings to fishermen wrote the Bible over a long period of time, these men are said to have been inspired by God which many scholars claim is utter tosh. Moses and Paul are the men who wrote the most books in the Bible but I want to focus on John, the simple fisherman from Galilee who was a disciple of Jesus. This fisherman from 2,000 years ago wrote, John, John 1, John 2, John 3, and the last book of the Bible, A Revelation to John. The most exciting and inspirational text, in my humble opinion written in the Bible, was penned by John in the opening paragraph of his book, According to John.
Chapter 1, In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. 2 This one was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence. What has come into existence 4 by means of him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light is shining in the darkness, but the darkness has not overpowered it.Are the above words from a simple fisherman of 2,000 years ago? The teaching and activities of Jesus were passed along as oral tradition through teaching and preaching because most people could not read or write. However, the words above come from a dreamer, a poet a philosophical and educated man, not from a fisherman, with all respect to fishermen. For John to be able to have written anything, let alone the wonderful paragraph above he would surely have been filled with Holy Spirit and is a prime example of the Bible being written by men inspired by Jehovah. The whole book of John and his letters are a wonder to read and is a spiritual experience in itself.
In his letter, The First Of John he reveals where the Holy Spirit comes from.
1 John 3:24. Moreover, the one who observes his commandments remains in union with him, and he in union with such one. And by the spirit that he gave us, we know that he remains in union with us.Remember only after Jesus was resurrected was the Holy Spirit released to people born from God. Releasing the Jews from the old law of Moses and allowing Gentiles to be born of God along with Jews creating the birth of Christianity.
1 John 4: 12. No one has seen God at any time. If we continue loving one another, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us. 13 By this we know that we are remaining in union with him and he in union with us, because he has given his spirit to us.How could a fisherman have gained knowledge of this nature? He can only have gained this deep spiritual information by receiving the very same Holy Spirit he is writing about.