What Is the Bible?
The Bible is a book made up of a lot of different things that God inspired people to write. By inspired, we mean that God sent His Spirit to tell these people what to write. He had these people write what He wanted all of us to know. That is why it is often referred to as the Word of God.
The Word of God, also known as the Scriptures because it has been written down, is divided into two parts, called testaments. The Old Testament was written before Jesus was born, and the New Testament begins with the birth of Jesus. (See “Who Is Jesus?”)
The Old Testament tells about the early days of mankind, including the laws that they had to follow. It also contains the writings of prophets, which are people who can foretell the future because God gave them the information through His Spirit. In fact, the life of Jesus was foretold by some of these prophets. Finally, a lot of good advice is found in Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Psalms. Psalms also contains much of the poetry and song lyrics of the day, along with prayers.
The New Testament tells about the life of Jesus Christ, along with a lot of things that happened after his death as the Christian church began to grow. It also contains a lot of letters that were written by the ministers of that day. Plus, like the Old Testament, there is information about the future, which Jesus told about himself.
So, you can see that the Bible is both a history book and a guide that helps us know how to live. Through reading the Bible, praying to God, and trusting Him to give us the answers that we need as we go through our lives, we can be confident that we are doing what He wants us to do.
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