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The Bible is, generally speaking, the sacred scriptures of Judaism and Christianity. The word \u201cBible\u201d is derived from the Greek wordb i b l o V (Strong\u2019s #G976 \u2013 the books). The word \u201cTestament\u201d means covenant or agreement. The Bible is divided into two major sections \u2013 the Old and the New Testaments. The Hebrew scriptures (OT) contain 39 books, which are grouped in three sections: the Law, Prophets, and Writings. The O.T. describes man\u2019s creation and fall and contains the record of God\u2019s preparations for and prophecies of the coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ. The N.T. contains the accounts of Christ\u2019s birth, life, death, resurrection, return to Heaven, and the teachings of Christ\u2019s followers, as well as prophecies of the future. The Christian scriptures contains a total of 66 books; 39 books in the Old Testament (which is the Hebrew Bible) and 27 in the New Testament. However, the Roman Catholic church recognizes several additional Hebrew writings as part of their Old Testament. It is regarded as the source of divine revelation and of prescriptions and prohibitions for moral living. The Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, excluding the Apocrypha, is accepted as sacred by both Jews and Christians. The Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church each accept parts of the Apocrypha as sacred, while Jews and Protestants do not. The New Testament is accepted as sacred only by Christians. But to those who are faithful, the Bible is bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, life to the dying and hope to the hopeless. Its pages are filled with the answer to all questions imagined, all problems encountered, all battles fought and every gainsayer\u2019s doubts.
There would be an army of believers to come forth to defend the Bible, if it were to be in contention today. The fact is that there would be far more to defend the Bible than could be found able to answer the charges lodged against its pages. Many are blindly but faithfully behind the Bible. It is sad that so much of Christendom does not know what they believe about this or many other vital subjects. It is said that if the Bible could just be made to answer to science, it would be more believable in this day of science.
Archeology has left us a rich treasure of Biblical evidence of the matters of Bible truth. No richer could be found than that of the text of the Bible itself. It seems that the Bible in the Old and New Testaments are corroborated by over 5000 pieces of manuscript evidence and a wealth of well preserved \u201clectionaries\u201d (Preached Messages from as early as the first century) that are used to confirm that these texts were in use
in the pulpits of the Christian churches of that early date. Also, there are thousands of inscriptions on ruins of buildings, city walls and in public places that have been used to prove the claims of the Bible. These are all of great worth but the truth remains that a mightier proof than this is required if the Bible is to do the work of regeneration in the souls of the lost. It can be seen that the perennial freshness of the Bible bears witness to its Divine Inspirer (Just as the manna came fresh every day, so the Bible never acquires a
of time). The Bible exerts an inward confirmation in the heat of every believer of the veracity of the Bible (See John 17:17SIf the Bible is proven it will be because GOD gives you the gift of faith in your heart of hearts). Through this GOD given faith it is possible to believe the Bible at face value and approach the study
The freedom afforded me by my \u201cBible-Believing\u201d position is a joy in the light of modern scholarship. Those under the power of \u201cDoubters-Syndrom\u201d are in a poor state of affairs. The absence of a believable Bible brings confusion and a loss of the Joy of confidence in GOD\u2019S word. (Gen.3:1SHere they doubted.) The fact is that GOD has honored HIS WORD is a well documented truth. No other religious leader has supported his documents of faith in the way that the GODHEAD has embodied HIMSELF in the paper of Scripture, that it needs no other defense.
You could say, about my firm interjection on this matter, that I am, ABSOLUTELY, trying to cram this down your throat. If you don\u2019t like this attitude about this matter you surely would not like Nehemiah. In the thirteenth chapter of his book in the Old Testament we read that he \u201ccommanded\u201d some of them(H e
the cause of GOD), \u201ccursed\u201d them (Used abrasive language toward them), \u201cplucked off their hair\u201d (He took up arms of opposition against their ways), and made them \u201cswear by GOD\u201d (He called for them to respond to his message and repent). He was just a preacher with a \u201cCAUSE.\u201d
In this last paragraph, I must become a little personal. Most of us need a cause to direct our path and mine is this BOOK. I can not name any other cause that will direct your enter life, your public profession, and your desire for the souls of men, in the way the BOOK of GOD does. This cause is an unpopular issue but we must have the courage to take the proper position even if no other Christian stands with you.
The Bible is, indeed, an exceptional volume. Some have been very condescending to the origin of this volume. Yet, it remains the all time best seller in the market place. Personally, I grow a little weary of the critic\u2019s attack on this HOLY library. There is more to teach the details of the Bible\u2019s history than there is to teach the history of Shakespear or Homer. These secular writings enjoy total acceptance in their field of study while the Bible is expected to prove its place with every generation of new doubters. The Bible is to
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