It is a common amongst Christians to believe and say that the Bible is the Word of God without deeply thinking about this subject, and this is why I find it important to reblog this for all to read: The Bible is not the Word of God.
First of all, it is important to keep in mind that the Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17) by over 40 different authors from all walks of life: shepherds, farmers, tent-makers, physicians, fishermen, priests, philosophers and kings. Despite these differences in occupation and the span of years it took to write it, the Bible is an extremely cohesive and unified book. (http://bibleresources.bible.com/afacts.php)
As Christians, we are to study, cherish, trust and obey God’s Word, which the Bible holds. God will fulfil all of what the Bible says (Matthew 5:17-18). The Bible has no error (although some translations of it do) (Proverbs 30:5 – being inspired by the Holy Spirit). We must be careful not make the Bible an idol. The Bible is Holy and Sacred, but we must not compare (even if not willingly) the Bible to God Himself! The Bible is not God! Also, Jesus is the Living Bread (John 6:33; John 6:51), not the Bible.
The Bible, therefore, contains the Word of God, but the God is not subjected to it in a way that He cannot do or say anything that is not written in it. Prophesies and visions come from God (2 Peter 1:21) and are given to us today too – not only to the Bible characters (Acts 2:17; Joel 2:28). God does not speak to us only through the Bible (Job 33:14), so the Bible cannot be His Word. God can talk to us in many ways, such as in films, books, through people and even animals (Numbers 22:30) and inanimate objects (Luke 19:40)!
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. – Deuteronomy 8:3 (see Matthew 4:4 also)