The word “Bible” comes from the Latin word biblia meaning “books”. The 66 books of the Bible are full and complete. The Bible lacks no necessary information and contains no superfluous words. We refer to the complete Bible as a “canon”, which means “authority” or “standard”. Indeed the Bible is the standard by which all other writings regarding God are judged.
The Bible is unlike any other book you will ever read or study. Here's why:
The Bible Has a Divine Author
The Bible was transcribed by about 40 different men, but divinely written and inspired by God. It is a supernatural work, inspired by God, recorded by men and recognized by the church. Because of when and how it was written, it could not possibly be the work of one or more “very clever people” who created the story as a great myth or book of wisdom. That half of the Bible existed for 400 years before the other half, and that both are perfectly and completely aligned, is impossible apart from divine authorship.
The Bible Reveals God's Character and Plan
The Bible reveals to us the character of God, the story of His creation, our rejection of Him, and our redemption, all for God’s ultimate glory. Far from a loose collection of myths, or disconnected narratives, the Bible is the greatest story ever told. In it we find knowledge about God Himself, the purpose of the world, and His plan and purpose for us individually. If you are searching for the overall “meaning of life,” the Bible clearly and specifically answers this question.
The Bible Is Without Error or Omission
That a work of 66 separate books, written by 40 different authors over a period of 1,500 years is a cohesive, complete and consistent narrative is astounding. No human or combination of them could have planned such an intricate combination, complete with cross-referencing, over such a period of time. The Bible also validates its divine authorship with the fulfillment of its own predictions (prophecies). Over 668 prophecies have been confirmed as fulfilled through historical records and studies.
The archeological record, in confirming dates, times and places of the Bible’s historical events, clearly supports or confirms the vast majority of biblical events for which physical evidence exists. In proving its truthfulness through overwhelming evidence, no other written work in human history even comes close to the Bible.
The Bible Is Our Ultimate Authority
Because the Bible is divinely authored, complete and true, it is also our ultimate authority. If we believe God wrote the Bible, and also believe that He gave us no other books, then the Bible must by its solitary and supernatural nature be the final word for us.
If the Bible makes a claim about God’s nature or character, it must be true. If the Bible says a certain action is sinful or wrong, it must be wrong. If the Bible names a consequence for sin, it must be so. If the Bible gives instruction, rebuke or commands, we must follow them. The Bible must not be argued or debated. It must be understood and obeyed. Unless a special context or cultural reference is at play in the language or reference, the Bible simply means what it says.
The Bible Is Eternal
The Bible itself says that the Word of God stands forever. The Bible marks the beginning of time and ends by pointing to eternity. The story of the Bible, then, spans all of human history, from the moment of creation, through our present day, and into a future we cannot yet imagine. It is not simply a historical account, but rather a book of the past, present and future.
Additional Facts About the Bible
You've probably heard some facts and stories from the Bible during your lifetime. Here's a sampling of interesting an usual facts about the Bible:
- About 50 Bibles are sold around the world every minute.
- The Bible is made up of 773,692 words and takes about 70 hours to read.
- The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew and the New Testament was written in Greek. Today the Bible is available in 6,000 different languages around the world.
- Abraham was the first person in the Bible to be called a Hebrew.
- The oldest person in the Bible was Methuselah. He died at the age of 969 years old.
- There were two men in the Bible who never died--Enoch and Elijah. God took them directly to heaven.
- The number 40 is used continually in the Bible and often accompanied a change or something new. For instance, the flood rains lasted 40 days, and Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days.
- The words,"Don’t Be Afraid" appear 365 times in the Bible.
- The word "Christian" only appears 3 times in the Bible.
- There are seven suicides recorded in the Bible.
- Though it is a fundamental to our understanding of Who God is, the word "Trinity" referring to God is never mentioned in the Bible.