Sunday, 14 April 2013

My Christian Faith #1 - What is the Holy Bible?


All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing that God wants us to do" 

In short, Scripture holds a foundational place in our faith. But here we will discuss the following questions:
  • What is the Bible?
  • How do we know it is from God?

I can keep telling you that “the Bible says this” or “the Bible says that”, but before that we really need to understand why we follow the Bible instead of any other book.

The Meaning of “Holy Bible"

Bible means a library or a collection of books. This is simple to understand. What do you we have in library? A collection of books. And what do we have in the Bible? A collection of books. Just open the list at the beginning of your Bible and you will see how many books there are.

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“Holy” simply means unique, or different from the rest. We call the scriptures “Holy Bible” because this list of books is different from the rest of the books in the world.

Now you need to realize that these books were not written by 1 man in one place at one time. The Bible was written over a long period of 1500 years by about 40 people. Moreover, it was written in 3 languages; Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. 


Let’s list down some of the writers of the Bible:

  • Moses (Was the prince of Egypt, later became a shepherd)
  • Daniel (He was a government official in Babylon)
  • John (Was a fisherman, later became a leader of the Church)
  • Paul (He was a tent maker)

So as you can see, the Bible is the work of different people living at different times in history.

Finally, we need to understand that what “Word of God” actually means. Remember, when we say that the Bible is the word of God, we are not saying that God dictated everything to the writers. Instead, He just gave them the message which they wrote down in their own style.

That is why we see Moses writing law (Leviticus), David writing poetry (Psalms), and Paul writing letters (Titus, Timothy, and Philemon). Check out 1 Peter 1:19-21.

This is all for now. In this next blog post, we will try to understand we believe that Bible to be God’s Word.


(Next in the series: My Christian Faith #2)




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