Wow! Now that’s a lot of “whys” isn’t it?
Let’s begin with looking at what the Bible is. The Bible is a collection of 66 documents that have been preserved over thousands of years. As Christians we hold to the belief these 66 documents were inspired by God; meaning they were given to man to write down as the very words of God for mankind. 2 Timothy 3:16 says it like this,“All Scripture is breathed out by God.” The Bible is a collection of God’s Words for us to base our very existence on.
Now, to pick up a Bible and say,“I’m going to read this book” is a huge undertaking for most people, so let me attempt to break this task down a little and give us hope that we can all read and understand and grow from knowing God’s Words.
The Bible is recorded in 66 books all broken down by chapters and verses. These chapters and verses were not in the original documents but have been added to make referring to any portion of Scripture easier. These 66 books are broken down into two large sections called the Old Testament, with 39, books and the New Testament, with 27 books. The Old Testament begins with the creation of the universe and ends 400 years before the birth of Christ, while the New Testament begins with the birth of Christ and ends with God telling us about the future and eternity.
The Bible is an amazing testimony to the greatness of God in that it was written over the span of 1500 years, by over 30 writers from all walks of life, from three continents. All this was done without any true contradictions or discrepancies! Sounds miraculous because IT IS…and the one over- reaching theme is JESUS.