Now we have an interesting problem. The Bible was a collection of books, or papers, supposedly written by inspired men. We need first need to determine whether their writings were, in fact, inspired or not.

The books of the Bible were written at various times. Each one covers a period of time, some of times yet to come, in varying grades of detail. Many different people authored the books. Most of them had never met, corresponded, or know of the others due to the inconviences of time and location.

An interesting point was that the books of the Bible tended to float about as individual documents. Some people had some documents, other people had others, etc. Many books of the New Testament were written as letters to some one or some church.

As many as 40 authors wrote the Bible over a period of more than 1,500 years (from 1500 B.C. to 100 A.D.).

The amazing thing is when King James sent out to have all the documents collected in a single library form, it was discovered that people who never knew of each other or their writings were writing about the same thing, using the same words, and quoting from one another, from different points on the globe.

Those books which mysteriously matched, matched somewhat perfectly. And these were said to be written with divine inspiration.

The 40 authors differed widely in their culture and education, and with personality and intellectual perception, and yet the books they wrote do not contradict one another. The protestant Bible contains 66 books, the Jewish bible has only 39.

The Catholic Bible has 73 books. The addition was other books, which supposedly also had "excellent" history, were not included in Protestant versions because they included, literally, things like 'if your are plagued by evil spirits build a fire and throw into the fire chicken entrails.' These contradictions were dismissed as uninspiried people trying to copy the format and style of the known documents of the time.

The Bible's very existance, from multiple authors, from multiple places, from multiple times, without knowledge of one another, yet coming together to form such a coherent piece of literature is so improbable that it couldn't have just simply happened by chance.

...back to the improbable topic again. Remember, with one theory we were faced with a possibility and were asked two swallow how probable that the possibility might have happened. Here we are faced with a tangable piece of evidence we can hold in our hands and say that it was improbable this would fall together by itself, something must have influenced it.

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