WHAT IS IT?
The Bible is more than a big, old book. More than
just the Christian religious text. Understanding what
the Bible is -- and what its not -- is necessary for understanding
what it has to say.
The Bible is the Word of God; Gods message to
us. Rather than hand it to us in complete form, He chose certain
individuals to write down what He wants us know.
The Bible isnt really a single book; its
a collection of books. Sixty-six of them. God used around 40 different
people to write these books over hundreds of years in several different
countries. There are stories of adventure and action, romance and
betrayal, poems that celebrate and poems of agony, accounts of miracles,
theological and philosophical discussions...and of course, instructions
on building an ark and how to celebrate Jewish religious festivals.
Each of these books are unique in style and specifics,
but they all communicate the same underlying message: that God loves
us and has provided a way for us to be saved from sin and the destuction
it causes in our lives.
The Bible provides answers to lifes problems
and questions, gives hope, brings peace, and equips us to live the
life of joy and purpose that God intended for us. Regardless of
who we are, the time period and location we live in, our past choices,
our present situation...God has something to say to us personally
through His Word.