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The Truth. The Whole Truth. Nothing But the Truth.

The Holy Bible Has Truth Without Any Mixture of Error for Its Matter.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Matthew 5:18

Since all scripture is inspired by God and God cannot lie, then it naturally follows that all scripture is truth. Truth is that what matches up with actual reality, as opposed to somebody’s perception of reality. For example, if someone believed that they could catch the flu by wearing mix-matched socks, then that would be his or her perception of reality. However, we know that it is not actual reality. Therefore, what is real is true, and what is unreal is false.

The Bible makes some very distinctive truth claims. The Bible tells us, for instance, that God exists. In the Bible, Jesus lets us know that He is God in the flesh and that the only way for human beings to be saved from the consequences of sin is through Him (John 14:6). Moreover, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus are essential to Christian theology. These claims the Bible makes either correspond to reality or they do not. We believe that they absolutely do correspond to reality, meaning that the Bible is true. God really does exists. Jesus is not a myth and He is the only way to eternal life. And the resurrection really happened.

But how do we know this? We accept these things by faith. Faith is very important in the life of a Christian for without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 6:11). And although we accept these things by faith, God does not leave us without clues. One great clue is the consistency of the Bible. Some unbelievers say that the Bible contradicts itself. However, in the course of this journey you will see for yourself that it clearly does not contradict itself. Another great clue is its demonstrated ability to foretell those things that have yet to happen. But the most telling and personal clue is the feeling of peace that it gives you. It is a living Bible that connects with the Spirit within you and becomes the basis of inexpressible and glorious joy (1 Peter 1:8) and a peace that passeth all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

In the End Its All About Salvation

The Holy Bible Has Salvation for Its End.

This is good and acceptable in
the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4

The Lord is not slow about His
promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any
to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone
who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live.”

In Ezekiel 18:20 it is explained to us that, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” The Lord uses Paul to explain in Romans 6:23 tells that, “the wages of sin is death” and in Romans 3:23 we are also told that “All have sinned”. Because there is not one person who was not born with a sinful nature that makes us enemies of God, death is unavoidable.

The very moment Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, He died spiritually. Spiritual death is eternal separation from God. The perfect fellowship between God and man was irretrievably broken. It is similar to a phrase that one person might make to another who has been a disappointment when they say, “You are dead to me”. Man suffered an immediate spiritual separation from God and he was “dead to God”. He also began to die physically. Physical death occurs at the moment that the soul is separated from the body. At that point, the heart stops beating and there is no brain activity. Just as Adam died spiritually and began to die physically, all mankind is also set to die. However, death is not the end that God desires for man.

Because God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeith on Him SHOULD NOT PERISH, but have everlasting life. God loves us and He has always desired to spend eternity with man as a creation that would voluntarily choose to love Him back. God loved everything He created, but until He created man, nothing He created could love Him back. Man is the only of God’s creation that has the ability to choose to love Him the way He wants to be loved. The Bible then is a heavenly instruction guide for us.

The Author and Finisher of Our Faith

The Holy Bible: Has God for Its Author.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:4

We learned in our first lesson that every word of scripture was breathed into men by God. Thusly, we know and understand that each word is God’s word. And yes, that makes God the author. However, let us not limit authorship to being merely the creation of the words written. There is more involved in authorship than merely writing words.

The author is the one who originates the concept of the writing, forms and organizes the ideas and then presents them in written form. The way it is written matters to the author. Just like the author of a suspense book will not reveal the plot too soon but instead will strategically allow the plot to thicken before the mystery is revealed.
God is not interested in creating drama. But as the author of the Bible, He did have a strategy. Therefore, the Bible has to be studied with a view to the whole story in order to have a correct interpretation of what God, the author, is communicating to us. Some people make the mistake of interpreting it’s meaning by reading only a portion of the scripture. Truly understanding what God, the author is trying to tell you is crucial to true Biblical interpretation and Christian discipleship.

Our Heavenly Instructions

The Holy Bible:  A Perfect Treasure of Heavenly Instruction.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
2 Timothy 3:16

2 Timothy 3:16 lets us know that in the Bible God has presented us with an instruction guide on how to be righteous. To be righteous means to be virtuous in the eyes of God or to have right standing with Him. Furthermore, the Bible is a perfect treasure of this heavenly instruction. Thusly, it contains exactly what God has determined that we need to know in order to achieve His goals for mankind.
However, the Bible does not answer every question that we want to know. There are many unanswered questions that come from our reading of the Bible. If the Bible provided answers to all of the unanswered questions about life, it might satisfy our curiosity. But that was not God’s objective. He will answer all of those questions when we are with Him in eternity.

It’s important to understand, that if God did not deem it necessary to include something in His instruction guide then there is a reason. The search for some answers might just be a distraction to you that could divert your attention from what He wants you to know and do. For example, we have no idea as to when Jesus will come back. However, many have spent much time and effort in determining when He will even though Jesus Himself said very clearly that no man knows the day of the hour.

Given by Inspiration of God

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
2 Timothy 3:16

This scripture tells us that the Bible is given to us by inspiration from God. Understanding the meaning of the word “inspiration” is very important if we are to truly understand the incredible authority found in our Bible.

The word, “inspire” is composed of two root words. The first word is one in which we are all very familiar, it is the word “in” which means just that. The second word however is “spire” which means “to breath”. Therefore, literally, the word “inspire” means “to breathe in”.

What this scripture is telling us is that the words we find in our Bibles are not just the wise words of men who had learned some things about God. They are words that God breathed into these men. In Matthew 4 Jesus was tempted by Satan while He was fasting. The devil gave Him some stones and told Him that He could turn them into bread and eat. Jesus replied, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

The “inspired” word of God is that which proceeded out of the mouth of God and was breathed into these men. They, in turn, exhaled God’s words onto paper. God used their person (their physical body) and their personality (the sum of all of our experiences that makes us who we are} to compose a message that is meaningful to all mankind.