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How can you trust the bible if it is written by man? When Jesus was in the desert for 40 days with the devil, who was there to write the account down?

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Thank you for asking some great questions about the Bible. Christians believe that the Bible is a unique book. This is because it is the only book in the world that was truly inspired by God.

Christians, as well as myself, believe that God inspired the human authors what to write. It is a collection of 66 books written by around 40 different people over some 1600 years. You have asked "how can you trust the bible if it is written by man?" This is something that is only partly true. It does come from man, but it is inspired by God.

An example can be found here in Ezekiel 24:1-2: In the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: "Son of man, write down the name of this day, this very day..."

This is why you will find no contradictions or errors in the Bible, because it is inspired by God. You may have heard that there are errors and contradictions in the bible, but I challenge you to read the whole Bible and try to find any. I have read the whole Bible multiple times and cannot find even one.

God has also used the bible to speak to millions of people and they use it for guidance in their lives. The best way to look at the Bible is like a manual for living life according to the way God intends.

Jesus said: When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come (John 16:13) The Holy Spirit guided the men what to write and speak.

Secondly you ask "When Jesus was in the desert for 40 days with the devil, who was there to write the account down?". It is perfectly sensible that Jesus would have shared this account with the people who wrote the Bible. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were all alive at the same time as Jesus and would have either heard the account from him or from someone else who heard it from Jesus himself.

With other stories in the Bible where there were not direct eyewitness accounts, it is believed that the stories would have been told orally from generation to generation. The written word was not around at the beginning of mankind as we know it. Therefore accounts were passed down by word of mouth.

By faith Christians believe that the Bible we have today (66 books, from Genesis to Revelation) is exactly what God intended us to have access to; to be able to know and understand God and to therefore live in a way that he intends.

A main point to take from the bible is that it is about man's relationship with God. God loves you and wants to know you, but the bible tells us that each one of us has sinned, that is, done things wrong, that block our access to an eternal and perfect God. Jesus came to earth so that through his perfect life and death on the cross he could be a substitute for our sin, and he rose again to show that he had victory over even death. It is our hope that you will decide that the bible is true, that its words can be trusted, and that you will repent of your sin and trust in Jesus.

In summary, the Bible was written down by men but was inspired by God himself. Every word can be trusted and is useful for the whole of our life. Regarding Jesus in the desert, it is perfectly reasonable that Jesus would have told the disciples about these things. I encourage you to read the Bible and to investigate its claims. It is my hope that, in faith, you will place your trust in Jesus Christ.

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