What Is The Bible?

Posted September 9, 2016 | admin

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The English word “Bible” comes from bíblia in Latin and bíblos in Greek and  means book. It is a book like no other, in a class by itself, for all people and for all times. The acronym BIBLE stands for Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. It contains the message of God and life-transforming truths. While reading it, you can actually hear God speak.

The Inspired Word of God

Bible is a guidebook for living the Christian faith. It unfolds the divine relationship between the Creator and Man.  The entire Bible tells the story of God’s love for us, and how we can come to know God personally through Jesus.

God reveals his nature, his love, his forgiveness, his justice, and his truth to us in the Bible. The  central message of the Bible is that God, who created us all, desires a relationship with us. He calls us to know him and trust him.

The Holy Bible describes the origin of man, his fall into sin and how he was out of his fellowship with God.  It describes God’s promise to the Israelites of the coming of a future Messiah to  restore mankind’s faltering relationship with God. In short, the Bible points to Jesus.

Why We Can Believe The Bible?

The Bible is a factual news account of real places, people, events and dialogue. Historians and archaeologists have repeatedly confirmed its accuracy and authenticity. Its unique feature is its  great diversity along with remarkable unity. The message from Genesis to Revelation is uncannily consistent having  divine authorship of God Himself.

The Central Character of the Bible
Jesus is the central character in the Bible. God Himself  incarnated as a man to give us a clear picture of who He truly is.

God is like Jesus. Jesus is, in fact, God in human form  (John 1:1414:9).

The Old Testament and The New Testament
The Old Testament and the New Testament are the two divisions of the Holy Bible. The Old Testament, written from approximately 1500 to 400 BC containing 39 books describes the founding and preservation of the nation of Israel to use it to bless the whole world. The Old Testament  predicts His coming into the world.  God was going to send His very own Son, the ‘Anointed One’, the Messiah, the Saviour, to save mankind from all our sins.

‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son. The one who believes in Him shall never perish. He will have an eternal life.’  John 3:16

The New Testament contains 27 books. It recounts the story of the Jesus, who lived a perfect life, who died to become the Saviour, and who rose from the dead to bring salvation to our sinful world.

Jesus said to his early followers,  ‘Follow me and I shall guide you to live a righteous life. ‘

The Old Testament declares that through sin man was separated from God and shows both the wrath of God against sin along with glimpses of His grace. The New Testament shows God’s benevolent grace towards sinners along with a glimpse of wrath and declares that man can be restored in his relationship to God.
The central theme of the Bible is God’s plan of salvation. The Old Testament states that deliverance is through repentance and faith. The New Testament holds that Jesus Christ is the source of Salvation.

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The Divine Revelation
Both internal and external evidences reveal that the Bible is truly and wholly God’s Word.

Internal evidences

The Bible is one unified book right from beginning to its end without a single contradiction though it is in fact a collection of 66 individual books, written in three languages namely Hebrew, Arabic and Greek, in three different continents by more than 40 authors belonging to different walks of life.

All Scripture is God-breathed’ 2 Timothy 3:16.

The Bible has a dynamic transforming power. This is attributed solely to it being  truly God’s Word.  The supernatural power of God’s Word. has transformed countless lives. It has turned hate into love, reformed hardened criminals, cured drug addicts and many sinners were rebuked by it.

External evidences

The Bible refers to itself as the Word of God dozens of times. It carries one harmonious message. ‘God has unconditional love for us’.

Christ died for us, the sinners’  – Romans 5:8

‘Whoever believes in Jesus shall have eternal life  and shall not perish’John 3:16

God, the Ultimate Author of the Bible, used human agents as His medium and the result was the divinely inspired Word of God.

‘Prophets, though mere human, guided by the Holy Spirit spoke from God2 Peter 1:21.

God wanted to communicate, and so Jeremiah had to write’. –Jeremiah 20:9.

The indestructibility of the Bible.

Bible is supernaturally protected by Him.

Jesus said, ‘My word shall never pass away even after Heaven and Earth pass away’Mark 13:31.

God, our merciful  Creator, through the Bible, tells us what brings us everlasting joy.

Jesus said, ‘Man lives not on bread alone, but by the Word of God’Matthew 4:4.
Why we must take the Bible literally?

The Bible is God’s Word to us. He meant it to be believed— completely and literally. We must take the Bible literally because Lord Jesus Christ too took it literally. Lord Jesus often quoted from the Old Testament, believing in its literal interpretation.  For instance when Jesus was tempted by Satan in Luke 4, He answered by quoting the Old Testament.

The disciples also accepted Christ’s commands literally. Jesus commanded the disciples to go and make more disciples.  The disciples took Jesus’ word literally and went around the world preaching the gospel of Christ and motivated them to ‘ trust in Lord Jesus Christ, to be saved’. Just as the disciples took Jesus’ words literally, so must we. The Bible is life itself for the Christian. The very Spirit of God fills its pages, revealing His heart and mind to us.

Trusting the Bible

Faith in God means that we have chosen to trust what the Holy Bible says, what the Bible says He is and that He exists. Our trust in Christ will radically impact our lives and eternity. The Bible holds the answers to life’s real questions: Why am I here on earth? From where did I come?’ and What happens to me when I die? Bertrand Russell, an atheist concluded that, ‘if life beyond the grave is a myth, then life before the grave has no meaning.’  Bible’s startling claims about itself :

It is the inspired Word of God2 Timothy 3:16.

It is true –  Psalm 119:160John 17:17.

It is our life’s guidebook – Psalm 119:105Luke 4:4.

God has written an instruction guide, a manual so we may know how to livePsalm 19:1

Reading, Studying and Applying the Biblical teachings

The Bible is the undeniable and authoritative Word of God to humanity. The Bible is a book for studying so that it can be applied. It is as binding as the Laws of Nature. Biblical study is  compared to gold mining. The more we dig into it, the more rewards we will gain by our effort.

It answers our ‘big’ questions like Where did I come from? What is the purpose of life? Why is the world full of evil? Why do I struggle to do good? Is there life after death? How do I get to heaven? The Bible also gives practical advice for maintaining good relationships in areas such as: What really matters in life? What is success and how do I achieve it? How can I be a good friend? How can I have a successful marriage? What do I look for in spouse? How can I change? How can I be a good parent? How can I live a life without regret? How can I handle life hurdles and challenges and emerge victorious?

Bible reading and studying helps us see beyond the attractive ‘bait’ of sinful temptations. There are so many Bible characters to learn from who can serve as both negative and positive role models. The Bible has the supernatural ability to change us and make us ‘complete.’

Contemplating on God’s Word, obeying its teachings will ensure success in life Joshua 1:8James 1:25.
Relevance of  the Bible

Though the Bible was written nearly 1900 years ago, its accuracy and relevance  remains eternal. The Bible contains Truth that we can, and should apply to our lives today. The combination of connection to evidence,  its internal consistency  and its relevance to our experience makes the Bible unique. God’s Word will never be outdated, superseded, or improved upon.

Just as God is holy, sacred, righteous, perfect and pure, so is His Word holy, sacred, righteous, perfect and purePsalm 19:8.

It is the only book that gives life, comfort, and hope –  Psalm 119:50.

It is one book that will endure till the very end of timeMatthew 5:18.

How the Holy Bible resets our lives?

A lot of young people do not see the value of reading the Bible. The Holy Bible has the power to change hearts. The Bible  resets our faith. Through the Bible God is calling us to live a life of faith truly knowing Jesus. Faith is about turning to and trusting Jesus. Those who have faith in Jesus will be saved from sin. They live eternally.
The Holy Bible  is

  • an anchor in our voyage through life’s ocean.
  • a road map for the perilous journey of life.
  • a storehouse of wonderful stories for children and grownups on the theme of the triumphs and failures of ordinary people.
  • a refuge in trouble. Persons in pain, in mourning and in suffering turn to the Bible for strength.
  • a mirror of insight of our true identity.
  • a sourcebook for standards and principles for our conduct, our ethics, guidelines for differentiating right from wrong.

It is by faith alone we can please God .’ –  Hebrews 11  verse 6

As the Bible is divinely inspired and is truly God’s Word, we should cherish it, study it, obey it, and fully trust it. The fact that God gave us the Bible is an evidence of His love for us. The Bible contains everything man needs to know about God. By reading the Bible we know how far we are from God and also how far God goes for us to know Him. Through the Bible, God communicated to mankind what He is  and how we can maintain a right relationship with Him. It is the final authority for all matters of faith, religious practice, and morals.

 

 

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