Regardless of the potential controversy over the Bible and the turmoil that seems to sometimes erupt because of it, it remains one of the most beautifully written books of our time, of any time. In Russell Ash’s The Top 10 of Everything 2002, the author provides a list of the 10 best-selling books of all time. Heading up that list is, of course, The Bible with over 6 billion copies having been sold.
The second book with the most copies sold is Quotations From Chairman Mao by Mao Tse Tung; with not quite 1 billion copies sold. In that case however, it was a mandate for Chinese citizens to purchase and own a copy of the book. Just opposite to that would be the threat that often times accompanied the ownership of the Bible.
So, there can be no argument, The Bible is the most widely published book in all of history. There must be something about it that continues to bring people into it’s pages.
For me, the Bible is a source of peace and understanding. It is full of promise and relief. I don’t make claims that it is a mathematic text, philosophy reader or anything other than that which it is; a collection of writings, letters and prose from some of histories most fascinating people who ever walked this earth.
Within the covers of that glorious text there are thousands of verses, hundreds of stories and scores of books and chapters. How can one select a favorite? How can we find that one special one that is meant to save us from ourselves? Where is the inspiration the Bible is so well known for? I have chosen several of my own personal favorites and have tried to briefly explain why I cling to the words and the message presented.
PHILIPPIANS 4: 6-7: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
We needn’t worry, God has given us the spirit and he asks only that we go to him with our doubts and fears. We needn’t fear if only we could trust in the Lord and have faith that he is with us. We need not worry even in this time of doubt and confusion. Pray to our Father and all will be done.
LUKE 17:5-6 : “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ The Lord replied. ‘If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.'”
Our God, in his infinite wisdom, has given us the power and the love to do such things. With all of that supporting us, need we fear something as simple as death?
I have no doubts about what is to come after this life. I have no questions. I have heard enough, read enough and seen enough to know my Lord is not one to play games with us. He has given us his promise;
JOHN 3:14: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”
Believing on the Lord Jesus Christ seems to me to be one of the easiest things to do. I mean, I just watch a single episode of the Discovery show on television and learn the absolute intricate life of one breed of insect and I am convinced. This is not a coincidental creation. Something with extreme knowledge and wisdom was involved. All I need do is look at one group of people walking through the mall and I realize, only our God could possibly have created that. I believe, therefore I am saved.
JOHN 10:27-30: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
I quote this one almost every day. I repeat it to everyone I know. I used to wonder about my salvation. Could any God continue to love someone as evil as me? This verse gives me the understanding I need to know that my God will always have his hand upon me.
ROMANS 6:23; “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
All of us will die. The Lord will take us all at our given time. We have seen others go, we have mourned at their leaving. They have gone and left us behind. What do they have and what will we have? What is there for the believing soul who knows he is a sinner and accepts the fact that he must die for his sins? There is the promise of eternal life.
My heart fairly leaps when I digest those words. Yes, I’m a sinner. I can’t help it. I try, but I will never be perfectly Christ like. I want to be, but I am weak. So I know what my wages will be; I will die. But then the Bible gives me a promise to cling to; I will live once again. I will share an eternal life with my savior.
I am promised eternal life if I just believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. That is all I have to do. It is so easy. All I need do is to believe in the one most spectacular being the world has ever known and I get the most wonderful promise ever made. I get my one most valued possession forever and ever; eternal life.
JOHN 3:16; “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
We are not in this battle alone. Our Heavenly Father, in his most generous and benevolent gesture in all mankind’s history, allowed his one and only son to be tortured and crucified in our place. Now all we need to do is believe in that sacrifice and we too will have eternal life.
I am a sinner, we are all sinners, it is our nature. We are given the power of reason and a free will. Sometimes we use them both incorrectly. The result is sin. We must pay the price; death. The promise we have been given though is, regardless of our sinful nature, we can earn eternal life. We need only believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Personally, my hope is simply that the Bible and the stories it tells are indeed true. I have come to the conclusion that what I believe is true so I no longer “hope” for eternal life, I “know” eternal life awaits for me. I trust it is there and I have faith in the Lord’s promise. I have no question whatsoever that Jesus Christ is real and fully intends on coming through with his end of the bargain. I will believe in him and I will trust him. I know he is there and I know he will reward me generously.
JOHN 6:47; “He who believes in Me, has everlasting life.”
There it is. Can it be any simpler> These are some of the most soothing and inspirational words to my heart. I believe in him, therefore I will collect on his promise; everlasting life!