The Book

    The word "bible" translates, literally, to "book."
So the Bible is "the Book." But is it just a book?

    The Holy Scriptures, comprised of the Old Testament
and the New Testament, is actually 66 separate "scriptures"
(writings) from about 40 authors on several different continents. The
manuscripts were written in three different languages over a
1,600-year period.

    No editor or publisher planned it, and no mass
marketing campaign was needed to make the Bible the most
published and most influential book of all time. It has been printed
in 2,123 languages and dialects since the printing press was invented
500 years ago.

    But this "Book" is far more than a best selling
historical anthology or compilation of important teachings of wise
men. It is the inspired word of God - presented as an
integrated message system to guide mankind back to paradise.

    The central figure of "The Book," is Jesus
Christ
. It foretells, in precise and vivid detail, his arrival
and purpose. And it foretells of a horrible period of judgment upon
the earth, after which he returns for His chosen ones. All 66
books are totally unified in their message and purpose - identifying
Jesus Christ and proclaiming that He is the only way
back to God.

    Yet Few Christians read and study the Bible as
if their lives depend on it. Statistics show that few Christians
have read the entire Bible, and few read it daily. Many Christian's
only exposure to the Bible is to hear a pastor give his weekly interpretation
of what he read in the Bible. The Bible to these Christians is
just a great and popular book to be discussed at a weekly meeting
called church.

    But if the Bible is the inspired word of God
directing man's path back to God, it should be read, studied and
followed by every person as if it were a matter of life and death - or
it truly is.

    In John's portion of The Book,
Jesus Christ
warns His followers that the scriptures
themselves do not save, but lead to the one who does:

"And ye have not His word abiding in you: for whom He has sent, Him
ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have
eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me. And ye will not
come to Me, that ye might have life." (John 5:38-40)

    In America, the people claim to hold their
founding documents in high esteem, yet they do not read them to their
children, study them, and live by the truths presented therein. The
predictable result is that America is no longer the land of freedom
and liberty through limited government, but the land of an
increasingly totalitarian government.

    And so it is with the Christian churches. They
claim to hold their founding book "The Bible" in high esteem, yet
they do not read it to their children, study it in depth, and live by
the truths presented therein. So the churches have helped to pave the
wide path that leads to destruction, and many there be that follow it.

    In "The Book," we see that the people of God
were blessed when the people obeyed God. The government, in the form
of the king, was blessed as well when the political leaders listened
and responded to the Word of God that was delivered to them by the
priests and the prophets. When an evil king came to power, "The Book"
tells us the people languished.

    We see that the repetitive pattern of repentance
usually followed a great calamity - a war, an earthquake, or
some other judgment from God. However, the Bible tells us that God has
promised "my spirit will not always strive with a man" (Genesis
6), and there is an inevitable end to His longsuffering. To put it
another way, "The Book" ominously warns us that in the end of
days, the opportunity to turn back to God will end - and the
door will be shut.

    The repetitive warnings that are found in "The
Book" describing this calamitous time were accompanied by signs that
would be seen that would caution the true believers that the time is
at hand for the fulfillment of all things. We categorically state that
the time is indeed at hand, and the fulfillment of all things is at
the door. Read "The Book" now and study it as though your life
depends upon it, because it does.

April 8, 2002 -- Doug Hudson

Copyright © 2002 Christian Media Network

See Also

Beyond Babylon

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