the bible as our rule and guide...
This has been said: "The Bible is the name given to the
revelation of God to man contained in sixty-six books or pamphlets, bound
together and forming one book and only one, for it has in reality one author
(God) and one purpose and plan, and is the development of one scheme of the
redemption of man."1 The compilation of these sixty-six books or pamphlets into
one book was completed in 397 AD. We know this book as the Holy Bible. From time
to time, you hear one say that they don't believe totally in what's written in
the Holy Bible because it was written by men and has been edited. Although it's
true that it was written by many different authors, God always was in charge of
what was written. What He wanted written was written, and what He didn't want
When men are in some measure impressed with the
nature and importance of the end for which they have
been made, and when they see that this end respects
matters which do not come under the cognisance of their
senses and observation, that it has reference mainly to
God and to eternity, they will naturally inquire whether
any certain rule of standard exists which, when rightly
used, and faithfully followed, may guide them to the
attainment of this end. Writings possessed of such a
character, proceeding from such a source, and resting on
such an authority, it must, of course, be most important
for us to know, that we may be enabled rightly to apply
them for our direction. There are many who profess to
regard the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as
containing a revelation of God's will, and of course us
being so far a rule to guide us in matters connected
with our highest interests, who yet deny that they
constitute the only rule to direct us how we may glorify
and enjoy God. There are other rules which they would
exalt to a co-ordinate place with the Word of God.
Jesus began His public ministry by reading from Scripture (writings found in the Holy Bible.) In fact, He quoted from them quite often. If He didn't believe in what's written in Scripture, would He have used it as the source of much of what He spoke about? Of course not! Since Jesus believed in Scripture, shouldn't we? Of course we should! In the Bible, it's written, "All Scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." A key word in this verse is All. All means all, not some.
A relevant faith...
Very few take the time and make the effort to study and understand what the Bible teaches and how it relates to human behavior. But this book provides real solutions to the challenges we face on a daily basis. It gives answers that science and its experiments cannot produce, such as the purpose for man’s existence and why we are on the earth in the first place. The way to a happy and abundant life is clearly and concisely outlined in the pages of the Bible. And this book that has been miraculously preserved over the centuries also refers to current world events and what the future holds for mankind. World governments have failed to bring peace to this world, but the Bible spells out how real and lasting peace will ultimately be achieved.
Inspiration of a well found truth...
It is an honorable rule and guide provided for us by a loving and caring Father who created us for a great and wonderful purpose. As we study His words, we will come to see that He is not a harsh, stern and unloving God, our Father, but rather that He wants us to be happy and live a joy-filled life. However, He wants us to study His Word with strength and order to find out how this abundant life can be achieved. As our Creator, He, and only He, knows the right way that leads to our overall well-being.
One of the most famous poems of the Bible says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Many people in history have recognized the importance of this book:
• U.S. President Abraham Lincoln said, “I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is the word of God because it finds me where I am.” He also said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good of the Savior of the world is communicated to us through the Book.”
• U.S. President Woodrow Wilson said, “I am sorry for men who do not read the Bible every day. I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and pleasure.”
An instruction manual from our Maker...
But why study the Bible in the first place? Humanity is not a result of blind chance. We are not a product of Darwinian evolution, an unproved theory that so many hold as their belief system. God’s Word, the Bible, states that mankind was created for a very special purpose. Our ultimate destiny is outlined in the pages of your Bible, and it gives the reason we were born. If you really want to know and understand what that purpose is, then you need to earnestly study the Bible—the book that makes it plain. Man was created differently from the animal kingdom. Humans were created with a mind that can reason and make judgments and decisions. Humans are unlike any other created creature on the face of the earth. We can calculate complex mathematical formulas and construct huge and imposing structures. Why this difference? In the first book of the Bible God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). This was not said of any of the other animals, placing man in a special category.
Real hope for this life and beyond...
This scripture has a direct bearing on our future, not only in this life, but also beyond this temporary, physical existence. As the apostle Paul declared, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:19). Proverbs 14:32 states, “The righteous has a refuge [hope, King James Version] in his death.” One definition of hope is a positive expectation of the future.
As Job said: “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes. You shall call, and I will answer You; You shall desire the work of Your hands” (Job 14:14-15). Job understood that death is not final, but that in some future time he would be in the presence of his Creator. “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last [in the latter day] on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in [footnote, “apart from”] my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:25-26).
The apostle Paul also referred to this “change” in 1 Corinthians 15:51: “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed” (emphasis added). He was clearly referring to the resurrection of the dead and the transformation of living Christians at Christ’s return (verses 53-54). These and many other verses explain that man is not some evolutionary accident. There is a reason God has placed us on the earth. (Further articles on our website will give additional information and insight into your incredible human potential.)
An investment that will pay off...
Thsi Hebrew bible is a priceless investment in our future. Unless we are willing to set aside time to study the scriptures, we may never come to a deeper understanding of the reason we were born. Surely we should be willing to take some time out of our daily lives and devote time to the study of the book which proclaims to us why we exist and what the future holds for each of us.
The apostle Paul, in referring to the Old Testament, said: “All such words were written of old for our instruction, that by remaining steadfast and drawing encouragement from the scriptures we may cherish hope” (Romans 15:4, Moffatt translation).
My sincere and earnest desire to you is to hold onto that hope, with steadfastness and endurance. May God richly bless you as you decide to open the pages of the Bible, and partake of the words that were written under the inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16).