What is The Bible? Part 1
Many people have a Bible. Most have never read it, and most of those who have read it have struggled to understand it! And the reason so many of us struggle to understand it is because we read it in a strange way! We would not read any other book like we tend to read the Bible. With any other book, we would expect the author to take us on a journey through his or her story. We would expect to completely immerse ourselves in the author’s narrative, and we would not claim to understand the whole book without reading the whole story! However, when we come to the Bible, we often flick through to find little phrases that make us feel good or encourage us, and then wonder why we don’t understand the rest of it. Well, it’s because the Bible is not just a collection of nice sayings, or even nice stories. The Bible is one big story, and the story is all about God’s love for humanity.
The Bible is not a man-made book, it is a God-made book, written through human authors, but by the Holy Spirit, the Bible contains God’s very words. It is a truly miraculous book! In fact it’s a book of books, containing many separate pieces of work that all weave together perfectly. It contains two major sections (the Old and New Testaments), with 39 books in the Old and 27 books in the new. With over 40 authors, from 3 continents, writing in 3 languages, over a period of around 1500 years in over a dozen different genres, there is extraordinary consistency in its message, theme and story. In fact the Bible is completely consistent with itself. Every page of the Bible points us towards God’s love for humanity. And ultimately the Bible reveals God to us like nothing else could.