I believe that the Bible is a book that demonstrates its humanity, that reflects the cultures it was written in and the people who composed it.
But I also know that the Bible transcends that humanity. More than that, long before cultures shaped the Bible, the teachings of the Bible shaped those cultures. God’s revelation of Himself occurred before the Bible came into being, and the writers of the Bible were affected by that revelation and its effects.
Some believe that the Bible forbids the eating of pork because that was the practice of the Hebrew people. Others believe that the Hebrew people abstained from eating pork because God so instructed them; those instructions were later recorded in Scripture.
The first group sees the Bible as merely a cultural artifact, nothing more than a snapshot of how God’s people acted at a certain time. The second group sees the Bible as a divine revelation, inspired by God.
I’m firmly in the second camp. Even as I wrestle to understand how inspiration takes place and even to recognize how much of the Bible intentionally reflects a human viewpoint on things, I still believe that Bible is much more than a record of the beliefs of a given people at a certain time.
I have built my life around the belief that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. As life goes on, that belief only gets deeper and more anchored in my being.