The Bible is a book like no other. It took more than 1,500 years to write. It was recorded by more than 40 writers under the inspiration of God. The people who wrote the different parts or books of the Bible ranged from highly intelligent and educated, like King Solomon, to poor, simple peasants like Peter and John. As for content, the Bible covers the creation of the world, the history of the Jews, Mosaic laws, poetry, prophecy about the Messiah, accounts of Jesus’ life here on earth, the history of the beginning of the Christian church, letters of encouragement to struggling Christians, and apocalyptic revelations.
The Bible is God’s way of speaking to us. It’s not a book you just zip through in a week or two, then put on the shelf. It’s meant to be read and digested in small portions, and pondered over a lifetime. It is both simple and complex. The main message of the Bible is simple: God created you, then sent his Son Jesus to earth to pay for your sins, and if you accept his forgiveness and give your life to Him, you will spend eternity in heaven with Him. There are also parts of the Bible that are difficult to understand. Some you will come to understand as you study them. Other parts may continue to mystify until you get to heaven.
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