Unity of the Scripture
The Bible is quite an amazing set of writings. Besides its actual content and message, all of it is inspired by God, and technically has one author, God. The Bible, like God, never changes, does not lie, and does not contradict itself. As one is reading the Bible it is not uncommon to sometimes get confused or to have an idea about something that turns out to be wrong. If you read something in one place, learn a contradictory idea someplace else, you will find yourself at a point of reconciling the two because the Bible cannot contradict itself. You will learn that it is your view on the topic that is incorrect and needs to be revised.
Like auditing your bank account once a month, you go over the details and study them until you figure out any imbalances there might have been. Understanding that the Bible is, in fact, the Word of God, and that it cannot contradict itself gives you the basis for discovering the purity or Unity of the Scripture.
What Came First:
The Bible’s Order of Authority
It is important to understand that Moses is God’s Chief Prophet and that if anybody comes speaking against the Torah, the 5 Books of Moses, then that is a false prophecy or teaching. No other prophet in the history of mankind has been so credentialed by any god than the God of Israel verbally testifying for and verifying that Moses was his prophet – because it was witnessed by over 600,000 Israeli men. So the Torah is the most verified and authoritative set of writings ever given. God officially commissioned the tribe of Judah (Romans 3:2) to maintain the Old Testament, so over the centuries the Torah has been the most accurately copied set of writings in the history of the world. One example is seen in comparing the Old Testament of today (based upon the Masoretic Text) and the Dead Sea Scrolls, which was written 1,000 years earlier, they are practically identical.
Everything That Comes After the Torah
After the first 5 books of the Bible, the Torah, you get into writings of Prophets, historical writings, and other writings. The Old Testament, also called the Tanak, is organized into the Torah, the Prophets, and Writings (see chart below). After that comes the New Testament Gospels and writings of the Apostles and Early Churches.
For over three thousand years, the standard for testing to see if ANY teaching, writing or prophecy was valid (truly inspired by God) was to see if it contradicted the Torah. Everything that came after the Torah must complement and not contradict. If it was a contradiction then it was considered by God’s own verification process, outlined in Deuteronomy 13:1-4 and elsewhere, to be a false teaching or prophecy. As Jesus (Y’shua) said, he came to do the Will of this Father, and not his own. Jesus (Y’shua) could only compliment and not contradict the Old Testament and everything that had come before him. Even though Jesus (Y’shua) is God, he never would of violated his own word and laws – thus giving people a reason not to believe in him when he was on Earth.
There is an order of authority to the Unity to the Scripture. Everything that was written after the Torah and all teachers and prophets who are truly inspired of God will never contradict what came before. No true disciple, apostle, or prophet of God in the New Testament can ever contradict what was said in the Old Testament. And no Old Testament prophet of God could ever contradict the Torah that was established and came before them.