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The Holy Bible

speaks to our inner self because it is a letter from God sent to our soul. He inspired and directed a few hundred men on earth, throughout several hundred years, to record His activity here and reveal Himself to all who search for Him.

It is actually a composite library of sixty-six different books, not entirely in chronological order. The first thirty-nine pointed to the time when God Himself would come and visit Earth; referred to as the Old Testament. The last twenty-seven occurred after He came, as Jesus Christ, called the New Testament.

The Bible begins with an account of the creation of all things, told by Moses as it had been handed down to him by previous generations. Quickly moving to the revolution in the Garden of Eden the balance is directed toward this dilemma; the rebellion of the human race. The flood, the ten commandments, the national battles, etc. all aimed to eradicate sin.

When all of these attempts failed, God came down as Jesus Christ, His Son, to be the remedy for our rebellious (sinful) nature. He has the power to rescue us from sin, but we must ask for it. The New Testament is a firsthand account of His time here on earth as told by eyewitnesses and also records His words of instruction to you and I (printed in red ink in some editions).

The New Testament describes how He allowed Himself to be offered as a sacrifice for our sins, and how He rose from the grave (Easter) and now offers this same Resurrection power to all who believe in Him.

The first three-quarters of the Bible, the Old Testament, having been fulfilled is therefore historical in nature, though inspirationally beneficial. The last quarter is the New Testament, the promise of the old revealed in Jesus Christ. Plan B, as it were, and directed to our era. If Plan A would have succeeded the ten commandments would have been adequate, but they failed to bring about a harmonious relationship between God and man. We cannot be saved by observing the ten because they make no reference to the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; God’s remedy for our mortal sinful condition.

By learning about Jesus Christ and allowing His Spirit to enter our heart and mind we become pleasing to God and assume His immortality. Jesus is the doorway into Heaven and we must pass through Him. The importance of reading His instruction in the Holy Bible cannot be emphasized enough.

The New Testament begins with four eye-witness accounts of His “touchdown” on planet earth, as told by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Acts, the next book, is written by Luke as well, and is the recorded action of the early church after Jesus went back to Heaven.

The balance of the New Testament is letters that were written to the first Christian churches. Thirteen of these were written by an Apostle chosen by God, Saint Paul. Throughout his writings he mainly deals with the clash between the Old and the New Testament teachings; “Law, versus Love.” When the teachings of both dispensations are compared and reconciled, people have mistakenly come to believe they are contradictory, not realizing the latter has now replaced the former.

New Testament books are all for the vital benefit of our soul’s eternal well being. Our journey to the next Heavenly realm must begin now, in our lifetime here.

Would we begin a trip abroad without first learning about our destination, without a map, without provision, without a visa? Yet many willfully neglect to learn about our ultimate journey from this existence, assuming hearsay and popular misconceptions, and fail to make any investigative preparation whatsoever.

The Holy Bible tells us how to make our reservation for Heaven, in Jesus Christ, and clearly states how we may know that we have access to immortality. The Bible informs us how to journey there safely and comfortably with His accompaniment.

Look to our only hope of salvation found in Jesus Christ, as portrayed in the Holy Bible.

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“how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?”

“for there is no other name under Heaven whereby men might be saved.”

                                                Heb. 2:3, Acts 4:12

Holy Bible Inviolate

Whether or not you can believe that depends on your scientific and biological outlook: Have you noticed that creation has the ability to recreate itself; although plant life decays—a remaining portion of roots or seeds come to life again. The tide comes in, the tide goes out—seasons predictably enfold. Animal life evolves according to their foreordained proliferation parameters; driven by an indefinable magic called instinct. Our physical selves thrive in an atmospherically controlled climate crucial to our survival—not too hot, not too cold. We breathe the air, we drink the water, which sustain our very existence. If you can believe that God has miraculously provided a self-sustaining life-support system for our benefit, a world designed especially for us, but that He is incapable of Biblical oversight down through the years, you are likely a candidate for fringe religion.

If you believe that God has the wisdom and power to have carried His Word intact throughout the centuries down to this present day for our individual benefit and understanding, you believe in the perspicuity of the Scripture. Not everyone does, those who claim there are discrepancies in the Bible, apparently believe that God was inadequate for keeping the Word sacrosanct—so they will “help” out with His shortcoming. They edit His Word in order to embed their own writings for self-serving purposes.

By diminishing the authenticity of the Holy Bible and circumventing the deity of Christ, they can establish a prophet and a book of their own design.

 

Holy Bible Authority

“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”  II Pet 1:21

 “Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” Ps 119:11

“For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Heb 4:12

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”  II Tim 3:16,17

“But even though we, or an angel from Heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” Gal 1:8

“For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.” Col.1:16

Last words in the Bible:  “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; if anyone add to them, God shall add to them the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.”
Rev 22:18,19

Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not  put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”  Mtt 7;24-27