About the Faith » The Bible
The Bible is a book that was written over a period of about 1,400 years by about forty people from different walks of life, from king to fisherman. It was people who put pen to paper, but the Bible claims to have been inspired by God:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God... (2 Timothy 3:16)
The Bible is God's autobiography. At the same time it is a history book that tells the story of this world from start to finish.
The main hero of the story is a Man by the name of Jesus who lived on this earth about two thousand years ago. This Man's life story was told in advance in the section of the Bible that has come to be called the Old Testament. This might be referred to as the blueprint of his life.
Jesus Himself said of the Old Testament,
"You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have everlasting life; and these are they which testify of Me." (John 5:39)
Two thousand years ago, this Man was born into our world and lived on this earth for 33 years, acting out the life that had been written for Him hundreds of years earlier. At the age of 33 he was tortured to death by the hands of the Romans, and the Bible tells us that soon after this He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. Ten days later, his followers began to proclaim His death and resurrection and they still do so to this day. Many remarkable facts are written in the Bible about this Man, but perhaps the most remarkable is that the Bible tells us that He was the Son of God.
Many people have their own preconceived ideas about the Bible, and before they even open its pages, they have already made up their minds as to what it is and what it means. As a result, people often misunderstand or are simply unaware of what the Bible actually says.
Anyone who approaches the Bible with a genuine desire to learn, needs first of all to examine what it says with an open mind to see whether or not what it says is true.
The Bible talks about very weighty subjects: the existence of God, heaven, hell; the meaning of life; what happens after we die; etc.
If the Bible isn't true, we can conclude that God, heaven, and hell do not exist, and we can live our lives as we wish without concerning ourselves about what will happen after we die. If, on the other hand, all of this actually is true, it isn't something to be taken lightly; it's an extremely important matter.
The Bible is the word of God as He inspired men to write it. The Bible was written more than 1800 years ago in the Hebrew and the Greek languages. The King James version was translated into the English Language in the early 1600's. It is a divine library of 66 books revealing the origin and destiny of all things. It is the best source of information for those who want to know where they came from and what their future will be. It is self-interpreting and covers every subject of human knowledge and need now and forever.
Many Christians accept the Bible as the authoritative Word of God and look to it for direction on how to live their lives today and forever. This book reveals the mind of God, the way of salvation, joy and peace.
In recent years several new translations have been published that are easier to read and understand. Most of them are from the same original Greek and Hebrew language version.
The Bible continues to be the best selling book in the world. Millions of people read it daily for direction in life. The solution for many of the problems a person encounters in this life is found in the Bible.
The teachings of Jesus, the Son of God, are recorded in the first four books of the New Testament - Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. These four books each tell the story from a different perspective. The book of John is a great place to begin reading the Bible. Jesus taught multitudes of people using parables that they understood and He performed many miracles to reveal the glory of God that they might believe He is the Son of God.
The New Testament tells much of the life of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament tells of events from creation of the world until 400 years prior to the birth of Christ. It is good to read a portion of scripture every day as food for your spirit just as you eat bread every day as food for the body. As the scriptures become part of your thought life, you will find an inner peace and true joy if you obey these teachings.