The Bible is God's inspired word to man. Holy men wrote it as they were prompted by the Spirit of God. He created man and the earth, and so it is proper that we should know of him, and his will concerning us.
The Book is an all inclusive fountain of wisdom, -- the one great universal encyclopedia of knowledge. "O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God..." -- Rom.11:33.
"We account the Scriptures to be the most sublime philosophy." -- Sir Isaac Newton. "The Bible is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge." -- John Quincy Adams.
"Men cannot be well educated without the Bible." -- Chancellor Kent.
"There is but one book, the Bible." -- Sir Walter Scott.
A Book of the Greatest Educational Value
The word of God is the most perfect educational book in the world. Its language, consistency, figures of speech, and, - notwithstanding the fact that numerous writers wrote it at different times, there is perfect harmony throughout. It is a Book complete in itself and needs no additions or supplementing, and its unity proves its Divinity.
"O what a Book is this, in which men, if they shut their eyes, may see the living God." -- Fleming.
The Beacon Light, or Guide-Post of the World
"Most wonderous Book! Bright candle of the Lord! Star of eternity! The only star by which the bark of man could navigate the Sea of Life and gain the Coast of Bliss securely." -- Pollock.
It is the first and oldest statement of the never ending problem of man's destiny, -- God's requirements, and ways with him here upon earth, and what he can expect for the future.
In the Scriptures is outlined the "Plan of Salvation," whereby man can escape the penalty of sin which is death, and gain eternal life in the kingdom to come. Knowing this plan is the most important thing in the world, and so it is important that we should "Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life and they are they which testify of me."
"I am the way, the truth and the life." "There is no other word under heaven whereby we may be saved,"
Nature of the Book
It is a living Volume, and in all, contains sixty-six books, dealing with many subjects; the beginning of the world, origin of human life, and many other early events which have no other authoritative history.
Parts deal with the history of the Hebrew people, their worship, government, hardships, travels, exiles, and return to their own land. Other parts describe a system of sacrifices and offerings, a priest-hood and forms of ceremonial worship, -- the giving of a Divine law with warnings as to penalties and rewards.
The New Testament contains a record of the birth of Christ, labors, miracles, teachings, parables, betrayal, crucifixion, burial, resurrection, ascension, priesthood, and intercession of Jesus Christ, together with the prediction of his coming again. Also an account of the establishment of the christian church, the epistles of the Apostles of Christ, and the Revelation.
The main purpose of the Book is to convey a message of salvation.
Not Like Other Books
The Bible is different from any other book.
"An immeasurable distance separates it from all other competitors." -- Hon. W.E. Gladstone.
It has been marvelously preserved through the ages. It is a book for every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
"In the poorest cottage is one Book wherein for several thousand years the spirit of man has found light and nourishment." -- Thos. Carlyle.
It has universal appeal; it is the literature of heaven, and shows the way to life everlasting in the kingdom of God. It is a book of living words; "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life." -- John 6:63.
The Old Testament represents the labors of about thirty authors. Their thirty-nine books cover about twelve hundred years. They represent various walks of life; shepherds, kings, captives in prison, -- Paul was a lawyer, Luke a physician, Peter and John fishermen. The twenty-seven books in the-New Testament were written by eight different authors.
Throughout the writings of these fifty-seven different writers, there is perfect harmony, when properly understood, because all writers were inspired by one and the same mind.
Can you imagine the lack of harmony that there would be if fifty-seven men selected from various walks of life should write upon some common topic today. The difference of opinion among doctors and lawyers is well known,
God's Word Changeth Not
God speaks to man in his Word, and makes known his will. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He changeth not, neither does his word. The truth is always the truth. Students may differ on first interpretation of some scriptures, but when properly understood they always harmonize. God cannot contradict himself. There is only one way and that is the right way, which is the Truth, and God is "The Way, the Truth, and the Life."
No man who properly understands and follows conscientiously the teachings of the Bible, ever becomes a thief, or liar, dishonest or profane.
"I have never met an honest man that found fault with the Bible." -- D.L. Moody in "Weighed and Wanting."
Those whose conduct and manner of living are condemned by the teachings of the Bible may not like it, but the purity of its precepts, and its influence for good upon the human race, must be admitted by every candid mind.
"Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look for our guide in the future. Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people." -- Gen. U.S. Grant.
The authenticity and truthfulness of the Bible is proved by Archeology, Geology, the fulfillment of its Prophecies, the "Book of Nature," and Astronomy.
Shakespeare and Homer were wise and wrote much, but their productions are puny in comparison with Holy Writ. All great writers borrow much from the Bible.
The Bible a Book of Law
Even the law profession goes to the Bible for the foundation of their system.
"No man can be a sound lawyer who is not well read in the laws of Moses," -- Fisher Ames.
The fundamental law of the Theocracy of Israel was "The Ten Commandments" given to Moses upon Mount Sinai, written upon two tables of stone by the finger of God. The body of statutes controlling the general form of worship, protecting human rights, regulating personal conduct, etc., were given at the same time as "The Ten Commandments," through Moses.
The commandments, laws and regulations, came from God and must have been perfect and just, and so they have persisted down through the ages, with very little change or modification. There were also laws of sanitation and hygiene governing the camp of Israel.
All the distinctive features and superiority of our republican institutions are derived from the teachings of the Scriptures. The ancient laws of Moses are the foundations of our legal systems of today.
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