It is only natural for anyone to have questions about the Bible if you have not grown up with it and learned about it in addition to reading it as I did. I will forever be grateful to my parents for affording me that opportunity. I will tell them that when I see them again.
If your primary knowledge of the Bible is what you have read about it or heard someone else say about it then your knowledge of the Bible is weak and probably not accurate and definitely not complete. That last one puts you in the same boat as all of us. None of us have a complete knowledge of all the Bible contains.
I will try to answer some of those questions here today but this is by no means an exhaustive answer to all these questions.
My goal is to give you enough information to make you curious to learn more about its origin, author, and purpose. I recommend you read it on your own because I do not know the message God has for YOU in His Word. That is something YOU have to discover on YOUR own.
What is it?
The Bible has been described as…
- The best-selling book of all time
- A book of fairy tales and fables
- A history book
- Not relevant for today’s world
I use the letters in BIBLE to help me remember these facts.
The first B stands for Books. The Bible not just one book. It is a collection of 66 books, all about the same subject – Jesus.
Who wrote it? Where did it come from?
I stands for Inspired. All of these 66 books were inspired by God. It is not just the writers’ opinions. These are actually God’s words that He inspired the writers to write down for future generations.
The second B stands for By. As I mentioned earlier the Bible was inspired by God and written by men. All throughout history God has chosen to use men to achieve His purposes. He does not need men but chooses to use men.
L stands for Love, Life, and Letters. The 66 books that make up the Bible are actually 66 love letters from God to us. As mentioned earlier they all point to Jesus who is Life.
E stands for Eternal. We all have eternal life. The question that each of us must answer is where will we spend eternity. The Bible helps us by giving us the answer as to how we can spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus.
Does that make sense to you or make you curious to see what is contained in this book instead of hearing someone else tell you what is in it? If so, find yours if you have one, get an electronic version for your e-reader or read it online at http://www.biblehub.com.
If you are curious and have never read it before why not try it now? Are you afraid of what you might find?
If you know all of this and this is just a refresher or reminder for you why not read it again this year. Every time the Bible is read you will see something different you did not see before based on your life at the time or the knowledge you have gained since your last reading.
There are numerous plans available today so if your excuse in the past was I don’t have a plan to follow or it is too confusing or I don’t have time those are just as described, excuses.
What I do know and can state without any doubt is God loves you and wants you to know and love Him. The way you do this is through reading his love letter to you, the Bible.
What do you have to lose?
What could you gain?
It is up to you. If you are looking for God you will find Him. He has not moved.
Until next time…
Originally published on Peculiar Perspective on 3/18/14.