Welcome to our first Blog! What is the Bible? Which one is right?
Hey everyone! Welcome to our site, We wanted this to be a place for creativity, fun and entertainment. But we also wanted to share God's love!
This is the "Life" blog. This is about life's little moments and struggles that we face. Also this can be a place to talk about faith.
I wanted to start out with a blog about choosing a Bible, it just seemed right.
So what is the Bible?
The Bible is God's written word. It is also the Living Word.
What does the Living Word mean?
This means this is how God speaks to us. Have you ever noticed that in the Bible you can read one verse and then later read it again and find something new out of it? This is God's direction, He will guide us if we ask him to!
I personally used to believe the Bible was a book written by man so it couldn't all be truthful. I know now that I had the wrong assumption. The Bible is "God Breathed" this means that yes, men wrote the Bible, but God made sure it was what He wanted in there an nothing else. It is something we can rely upon with our questions and concerns. This book is how we learn about God and about Jesus.
There are other religious books out there, yes. But these are little stories and fables. Much like I personally thought the Bible was. But, the Bible has something that these others do not... historical back up.
There is a lot of historical proof that the Bible is reliable and also that Jesus was who he said he was!
Here are a couple examples for you,there are many others but I will list just a few.
Flavis Josephus was a Historian who lived from 37 A.D to around 100 A.D. He mentioned many events and names of people from the New Testament. He talks of John the Baptist, James and Jesus himself!
Cornelius Tacitus (A.D. 55-120), was also a historian and is considered to be one of the most accurate historians of ancient times. He recorded the death of Christ in his writings.
"Christus [Christ], from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus...."
Tiberius and Pontius Pilatus are mentioned in Luke 3:1-6, Also Pilatus or Pilate was mentioned several other places in the Bible in the Books of Matthew and Mark.
There is also a lot of archaeological back up for the Bible as well, places that people thought were biblical myths have been discovered. Of course not all of the places in the Bible have been found but many have. Such has the Hittites, which were considered biblical myths. Also many of the places mentioned in Luke have been discovered.
In the Book of Mormon no proof of the people or places it mentions has ever been found.
Here is a quote from Lee Strobel, an Atheist turned Christian, on this:
"Archaeology has repeatedly failed to substantiate its claims about events that supposedly occurred long ago in the Americas. I remember writing to the Smithsonian Institute to inquire about whether there was any evidence supporting the claims of Mormonism, only to be told in unequivocal terms that its archaeologists see 'no direct connection between the archaeology of the New World and the subject matter of the book.'"
This is just an example of how archaeology has not only given proof to the Bible, but has also disproved others!
These are just a few examples. There are many other examples from historians and archaeology that prove the Bible to be true and not just "blind faith" as some would call it.
Now what Bible is right? There are SO many translations it can make your head spin!
First I would choose a study bible, one that has fairly large print and wide margins (you will want to make notes in your Bible). I would also say that going for one that is an easy to read translation would be a really good idea. I know that I get confused reading all of the "thee's" "thou's" and "thoust's". The NIV (New International Version) is a great starter Bible. Also my favorite is The Message translation.
Once again the question of "if there are so many translations, which on is accurate?" or "wouldn't all of this translating take away from the Bible's accuracy over time?"
No. Remember the Bible is God's word. It cannot be corrupted, though our languages have changed over time and so the Bible has been translated many times. God has the final say. His message is still the only message there. If you are unsure just ask God to show you and take your time.
I personally love The Message translation, I find it so much easier to understand and I have gone and checked it against other versions such as the NIV and it does speak the same message.
I hope this is a helpful first blog! I know it was long!
Remember life may have a lot of questions and challenges but God will never leave or forsake you.
God is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; he won't leave you. Don't be intimidated. Don't worry."