Just…the Bible.Posted: 24/06/2011
Greetings my English speaking friends and those wanting to learn, welcome to Just English!
In future “Just English” moments, I will continue to share the basics of justice with you from a special book: the Bible.
But if we are going to learn justice from the Bible, we need to believe that the Bible is worth studying. Why should we believe the Bible as opposed to any other book? In short, why should you trust the Bible?
Maybe you ask, “Why should we trust any book?”
Some books inform us with facts. Other books teach basic truths through stories. Some books are written simply for entertainment. Ultimately, books are a form of communication. To trust what is in a book, we must trust the book’s author.
The Bible is a unique book. It is the world’s best selling book. It has been translated into more languages than any other book in history. Actually, it is a collection of books. It includes facts of history, predictions of the future, poetry, songs, and letters. The Bible was not written by only one author. It was not simply a story made up by one or two ore even 12 people. In fact, over 40 authors wrote it over the span of 1500 years. Some authors were kings. Some authors were servants to kings. Some authors were religious experts. Other authors were simple fishermen or shepherds. Authors wrote parts of the Bible from three different continents – Asia, Africa, and Europe. Some books were written while the authors were traveling, other books are letters written from prison.
In the Bible, we can read about God’s creation of the world. We can also read about the problems of the world and God’s answer to the problems. The Bible covers almost all topics of human experience, from birth to death, from love to war. In it we can read about justice against evil. We can also read about how to find freedom, peace and hope. We can read about life and we can also read about what happens after death.
It is amazing that with all of the different topics, and books, and authors, the Bible is unified in its message.
In one of the Books in the Bible, a letter from Paul to Timothy, we read that, “Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval” (II Timothy 3:16 – GOD’S WORD Translation).
We can trust the authors of the Bible because they were led by God to write. And each author ultimately points to God as a God of justice and mercy. He sends a chosen one to fix the world—His son, Jesus.
As the author John, an eyewitness to the life of Jesus writes, “God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life” (John 3:16 – GOD’S WORD Translation).
God communicates with his creation, he speaks to you and me through the Bible. He gives us His word and message of life as a gift.
We can trust the Bible because we can trust God.
I’m Leon Smith.