A lot of people do not fully appreciate the Bible. A book which was written over a 1500 year span, by forty different men of differing languages, differing educations, from different locations. Yet, sixty-six books that seamlessly fit together, carrying a single theme. If included in the New York Times Best Seller ’s list it would be number one every week. No other book has been so beloved and yet so despised. It has survived throughout its history through persecutions and attempts to destroy it. Today there are no overt attempts to take it out of circulation, but it is being attacked by the world by attempts to discredit it and impugn it. Many make fun of those who believe what it says, especially those who follow it strictly. What is this book we call the Bible? Let’s take a look.
The Words of God
What many people in the world have not come to grips with is that the Bible is the recorded words of God. “. . . God has spoken” (Heb. 1:1-2), the Hebrew writer explained. It was Paul who said, “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Paul thanked God for the Thessalonians for “when you received the word of God that you heard from us, ye received it not as the words of men, but as it is in truth, the words of God” (1 Thess. 2:13). When one begins a study of what the Bible is, we must first understand, that it is the words of God.
It’s the Truth
No matter what the subject matter, the Bible is the truth. The Bible has been proven over and over again by history, astronomy, archaeology, and science.
The Hittites were a forgotten people of history only mentioned in the Bible (some forty times). Not until 1906 was the Hittite Capital of Boghazkoy, near the modern capital of Turkey, discovered by Hugo Winckler. Until his discovery, many used the discussion of the Hittites as proof of biblical error.
Sergius Paulus (Proconsul) is mentioned in Acts 13. Many claimed that there were no Proconsulships in Cyprus (Senatorial official). Most claimed that there was only a “procurator” (imperial official) that ruled at this time. Later archaeological finds have found coins on Cyprus speaking of the Proconsul. In northern Cyprus, coins have been found that state “in the proconsulship of Paulus.”
For many years, the astronomers and scientists of the world thought that the world was flat. The Bible pointed to the truth on this matter years earlier. “. . . He that sits upon the circle of the earth” (Isa. 40:22).
• Suspension of the Earth in Space (Job 26:7).
• Empty place in the North (Job 26:7).
• Life is in the blood (Gen. 9:4). For years medical doctors let the blood out of sick folks thinking that would get rid of infected blood and would heal an individual. In all actuality, they bled people to death!
• Paths in the sea (Ps. 8:8) — Modern day shipping lanes.
Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by your truth, your word is truth” (Jn 17:17). Therefore, any claims that contradict what the Bible says from a physical or spiritual sense is false! Therefore when the Bible claims the following items, they are true!
• God created the world in six days (Gen 1 f; Ex. 31:16-17).
• Baptism is essential for salvation (Mk 16:16 ff; Acts 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21; Jam. 2:24).
• There is only one church (Matt. 16:18 ff; Col. 1:18; Eph.1:22-23; 4:4).
Cannot Be Changed
How can the words of God be changed? He hasn’t changed, “I am the Lord God, I change not” (Mal. 3:6 f; Heb. 13:8). The word of God lives and abides forever (1 Pet. 1:23-25). From the beginning of God’s book to the end, he warns of adding to or taking from his word (Deut. 4:2 ff; Prov. 30:6; 1 Cor 4:6; Gal. 1:8-9; Rev. 22:18-19).
Must Be Obeyed
This is not just a book of stories. It is a law book. “Bear you one another ’s burden’s and thus fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Paul recognized in his time that many had not obeyed it (Rom. 10:16; 2:8 f; Gal. 3:1; 5:7). The truth must be obeyed (Jn 8:31,32 ff; 1 Pet 1:22; Eccl. 12:13; Matt. 7:21; Eph. 4:32; Jn 13:34; Matt. 7:12; Mk 16:16). John wrote, “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates of that city” (Rev. 22:14).
Will Judge Us in the Last Day
There is judgment to come (Acts 24:25 ff; Rom.14:12; 2 Cor. 5:10; Eccl. 12:13-14; Acts 17:30-31; Rom. 2:16). Jesus said, “. . . for the words that I have spoken will judge you in the last day” (John 12:48). John stated, “And I saw the dead, both small and great, standing before God, and the books were open” (Rev. 20:12). The books are the books of the Bible. One day we will all stand before God, and be “judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Rev. 20:12 f; Jn 12:48).
Do you have the proper respect for the Bible? Are you reading it? Are you patterning your life according to its teachings?