Random thoughts

Did you kno w-Nov. 29, 2013

By Bryan Peterson

Through the ages, many people have tried to discredit the Bible.  Some have claimed it is just a collection of myths and legends.  Some have claimed there are too many inconsistencies and cannot be the word of God.  Some have claimed it is not historically accurate; the list goes on and on.  However, the Bible is a unique book unlike any book ever written.

Did you know the Bible consist of 66 books written by 40 different authors of different backgrounds, educational levels, and occupations, over a 1500 year period and in three different languages?  It covers a multitude of topics through many varying styles of writing including history, poetry, didactic literature, parable, allegory, apocalyptic, and epic.
Though there is all this diversity, there is one unifying them, the restoration of man, to God, through the redemptive work of Jesus.  There is such a unity that it is evident there was a Divine source behind the writings.

A fact that many of the authors claim, inspired them.  Phrases such as, “Thus Says the Lord.” and “God said” are used hundreds of times to stress God’s direct verbal communication of what was written.   One key to support this divine inspiration is prophecy, which encompasses over 2,500 predictions with almost 2,000 of them being fulfilled.  Many of which were predicted hundreds of years before their fulfillment.  For example, Isaiah predicted Jesus would be born of a virgin and have the name Immanuel, 700 years before it happened.   He also predicted that John the Baptist would herald the way for Him.  Zechariah declared that the Messiah would be betrayed for the price of a slave.  Isaiah also foretold, by name, that Cyrus would conquer and subdue Babylon and Egypt, and let the Jewish exiles in his kingdom go free without a ransom.  This was predicted 150 years before Cyrus was born, and 180 years before the events took place.

The Bible is truly a unique book, a book that has an answer to where man came from and where man is going.  For years, it has guided people in relationships, given an answer to the question of evil, and more importantly, give people purpose in life and a hope for better things to come.  It has stood the test of time and helped a countless number of people in all aspects of life.  Most importantly, it shares how to heal the broken relationship between God and man, a relationship that makes the difference between an eternity with many friends and family, or an eternity of loneliness.