Part 1: Why Read the Bible
- David Weidlich Adult Ministries Pastor
- 1998 18 Dec
The Bible spans a period of 4000 years of world history. The Bible was written by many human authors, yet it is one book in theme, consistent throughout.The Bible was written 2000 years ago, yet it has been repeatedly proven accurate, and is still relevant today. (Scientific "facts" have come and gone) The Bible is the world's most widely distributed book. 2.5 billion copies were distributed between 1815 and 1975. The Bible was the first book to be printed mechanically (Gutenberg Press). Portions of the Bible have been translated in over 1000 languages. The Bible is the most quoted book in the world. The Bible has contributed to changed lives of countless individuals and nations.
What Others Have Said:
Abraham Lincoln: "I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given man. All the good from the Saviour of the world is communicated to usthrough this book."
George Washington: "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
Horace Greeley: "It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of humanfreedom."
The Bible about the Bible
The Bible is profitable: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." -2 Timothy3:16
The Bible guides me: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." -Psalm 119:105
The Bible understands me: "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing souland spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." -Hebrews 4:12