Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves:
The Bible is reported to be the best-selling book of all time, even though sales records cover a far shorter time frame than the actual availability of the Bible. It is also considered to be among the classics in literature and yet it is far more than a really well written book. Most significantly, the Bible has been the source of inspiration, comfort and guidance to millions who have read and listened to it. But what exactly is the Bible?
The word “Bible”is from the Greek word biblia (τὰ βιβλία) which means “the books.” The Bible, although a singular bound book which Christians confess to be the Word of God, is also a collection of “books” or writings. It is sometimes referred to as the “Holy” Bible or perhaps a little less formally, the “good” book.
The Bible is truly a masterpiece even on a human level. Even though it is a collection of sixty-six individual writings beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation, covering thousands of years, written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek and in styles that include historical narrative, prophecy, poetry, speeches, and letters, it is still a unified whole. It has this unity because the Bible is the Word of God.
The Bible is not just a collection of thoughts from various writers, but is the very words God gave to the authors of the Biblical books. In this way, the Bible is a gift God has given to His church which holds the message of salvation for all the world. Some might dismiss it as a collection of ancient fables and myths, but the Bible itself bears witness that it is the sure and certain means by which God the Holy Spirit communicate God’s saving Word to us today.
Grace be with you,
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