today’s North American Christian community the New Testament is often
“believed” even though very few professing Christians have ever really read the
entire text. Even fewer know the history of how and when it came into being. There
are several famous books from antiquity. But, none of them are truly a library
of harmonizing histories, personalities and thought. The Bible is a library,
and libraries get built over many long years and centuries.
Christians consider the New Testament to be a library of books from which faith
in Jesus Christ can be obtained and theologically explained. It is the primary
source, and often considered the only source that Christians can be taught the
core truths of Jesus Christ’s life, words and ministry. This is why many
theologians agree that the New Testament contains a basis for which the
practice of Christianity can be considered to be a text based faith or
New Testament is considered to be Scripture, which in reality are sacred
writings. If a text, place or object is considered to be sacred, it simply
means there is an element of Godly involvement applied to it. Therefore if God
wrote the New Testament through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the
hearts of those who wrote it down during the first century, if would indeed be
a sacred text.
more conservative side of evangelical Christianity considers the text of the
New Testament to be inerrant in its original language, or perfect as a text. However,
this perfection may exceed the comprehension of the human mind’s ability even
in its original language. That is because of its authorship being found in the
character of a perfect God. If God is holy and perfect in all ways, then what
He has written will be within the same parameters.
Word - both the Old Testament and the New Testament are complete in content. In
other words, everything that is necessary for us as God’s creation to establish
and maintain a vibrant and healthy relationship with God is contained in the
text. Esoteric interpretations cannot apply if the text is indeed complete. It
is obvious that many of the narratives of the New Testament are lacking details
that could help us further in our journey of faith. Nevertheless, we can
conclude that there must be a Godly reason why those details are not presented
in the text, and that the text is still sufficient for Christian faith and
historical content is somewhat limited to the local geography and the place
names that were used during the time frames of the people who are described in
the New Testament within the region of the Mediterranean Sea and Palestine.
Most of the biographical content of the New Testament is about Jesus, some
members of His immediate family and a few of His closest followers. Some of
these followers were direct companions of Jesus, such as His disciples and
apostles. Others were those who became part of the Christian faith after Jesus
ascended into heave shortly after His resurrection.
The theological content of the New Testament text is
primarily contained in the Gospel according to John and Paul’s epistles. There are
theological teachings and implications all throughout the entire New Testament.
However, the general purpose of Paul’s letters is to theologically define the
faith we have in Jesus Christ, and what the general applications are in our
lives as Christians.
 Friedberg, Lionel Who
Wrote the Bible (A&E Television Network, 2002) quote by John P. Meier