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Bible Basics

For Smart People
Who Do Not Want To Be Dummies
About God and the Bible

(Parts I, II, III)
By J. George Cover

Lesson 2 - What About the Bible? (Text Version)

Scripture References: 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 5:17-19; 24:35; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119.

1. What Is the Bible?

  • Our English word for Bible comes from a Greek word "biblia," the plural of "biblion," meaning book, writing, or scroll. Therefore the word, Bible, means books. It is a collection of 66 books of various sizes, making one book.
  • The Bible is different from any other book because it is God's Holy Book, written by holy men of God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1: 19-21).
  • The first five books are said to have been written by Moses, who lived about 3,500 years ago. Parts of those books record history from about 2,500 years before Moses, such as the creation, history from Adam, the first man to Noah at the time of the great flood, histories of 9 or 10 generations to Abraham, and then from Abraham to Moses, a period of 500 to 600 years.
  • The last part of the New Testament was written about 1900 years ago, within the first century after Christ.
  • Therefore, the Bible was written over a period of about 1,600 years, by about 40 different writers. It was written in a number of different countries, like, Israel, Babylon (now Iraq), Persia (now Iran), Italy, and Greece.
  • The writers were of many different occupations: shepherd, military leader, king priest, farmer, tax collector, fishermen, tent maker, physician, prophets and apostles.
  • Can you imagine what a miracle of God it was for that many people, in that many countries, from that many occupations, over that long period of time, writing a book without previous planning or without being able to consult with each other, that is not contradictory, that is scientifically accurate before many of those facts of science were known. Only God could be the real author behind the writers.
  • The Bible contains history, law, poetry, prophecy, prayers, praises, wisdom, important instructions for success and living. IT IS GOD'S MESSAGE TO MANKIND.
  • It is divided into two parts -- the Old Testament contains 39 books and was written before the birth of Jesus Christ. The New Testament contains 27 books and was written after the birth of Christ.

2. Why Is The Bible More Important Than Any Other Book?

  1. God has created us with a conscience to tell us right from wrong, but many things can happen to the conscience that make it not to always be a reliable guide. Because of background and teaching, some can even kill a Christian and think he is doing God a service (John 16:2).
  2. Some things seem right in some cultures but not in others.
  3. One person might consider his opinion as good a that of someone else.
  4. God is all-wise and knows what is best. Just as the maker of an automobile or other machine knows what is best for the maintenance and use of his product, so our maker knows what is best for us and He has told us in His Book, the Holy Bible.
  5. Just as it is absolutely necessary to follow instructions for knowing how to do various things, like putting something together or operating a computer or a computer program, we need God's instruction book, the Holy Bible.
  6. Because that after death there is the judgment, we need to know how to be prepared before we get there and it is only from the Bible that we know how to be prepared. If we wait until that time, it will be too late to prepare. If we want to earn rewards to be received at Judgment Day, we have to know how to do that here in this life.
  7. Many other books have been written on these subjects but if they do not agree with the Bible, we would be deceived to follow their instructions and would meet with disaster in the end and perhaps long before the end.

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