November 21-28 has been declared National Bible Week, by the National Bible Association, who’s goal is to raise awareness of the Bible’s importance and relevance to our nation as a whole, as well as in the lives of individuals. Every year since 1941, National Bible Week has been celebrated during the week of Thanksgiving.
(see Origin of Thanksgiving by the same author)
The ancient Scriptures known as the Bible claim of themselves that they are the inspired words of God, Himself.
The apostle Peter wrote this:
“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” 2 Peter 1:20-21.
Another New Testament writer said this:
“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
On the other hand, some uninformed skeptics will ask, “But hasn’t the Bible been translated so many times, and how can we know they didn’t just make things up?” But anyone who takes an honest and objective approach and researches the facts would have to conclude the book is a supernatural document with supernatural origins.
The Bible is actually compiled of 66 books, (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament) written by approximately 40 different authors, over a period of 1,600 years, from three different continents, in three different languages, from all sorts of circumstances; and in many cases the authors didn’t know what the others had written, YET… they are not many books but one consistent, coherent, powerful book. This Book consistently proclaims one system of doctrine, one message of love, and one way of salvation.
It was written by prophets and priests, shepherds and servants, statesmen and fishermen. Joshua was a general. Daniel was a prime minister. Luke was a physician. Never-the-less the book is consistent through-out. Why? Because of its supernatural origins and authorship.
If the ancient Scriptures are what they claim to be – the self-revealing communications of our Creator Himself – then its topics are ever relevant, its prophecies have come with precision accuracy, its principles proven over and over again, and its truths can transform the believer’s heart and life. If these ancient writings are what they claim to be then the Bible is much more than a historical document or a collection of prose, and studying its content will not only unveil and reveal the Divine Author, but have eternal repercussions for the serious seeker.
See also by the same author:
NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK – Famous Quotes about the Bible
NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK – Scientific facts found in the Bible