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Popcornfish, it is nice to have another new member join us for fellowship!
How are you coming along with that question of yours "Is it better to work with one's own relationship with God? Using the Bible as a guide? Or do we have to ascribe strictly to the scriptures in order to "get it right"? "I wonder how we know what we have as the Bible is really all that God has to say to us? And how can we trust that the people that compiled the Bible over centuries and translated from the autographs didn't have an agenda? And what about all those scrolls an other written works that have been discovered since?
Is it better to work with one's own relationship with God? Using the Bible as a guide? Or do we have to ascribe strictly to the scriptures in order to "get it right"?
Welcome Popcornfish!! Just a few words on the Bible,
The Bible is a supernaturally inspired communication from outside of time to mankind. The Bible says it is inspired, translated "God Breathed", because it not only explains history in advance, but every word has been perfectly compiled to express not only the very existence of a Living and Loving Creator, but also to reveal the only way to know Him. Here I would like to explore some of the basic features of this love letter to mankind.
The Bible is made up of the Old and New Testaments consisting of 66 books in total; 39 in the Old, and 27 in the New. The Old Testament (called the Septuagint, the Greek Old Testament) can be further defined as the first five Books being the Pentateuch containing the law, the Books of the Judges and the Kings, and finally the Books of the Prophets. The New Testament can be defined as the four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the Revelation.
The Bible was written by 40 different authors from three different continents over a 1500 year period, in three different languages, Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. The unity and theme is perfectly in tune, regardless of time and space between authors. It is said to be an integrated message from outside of time, ie; Eternity. Fully one third of the Bible is prophecy. The prophecies have a record of 100% accuracy. No other book, religious or otherwise, in history contains prophecy and can boast this perfect record.
It is commonly taught that," The New Testament in the Old is concealed, and the Old Testament in the New is revealed." Concealed in the Old Testament in almost every book, we find references to Jesus Christ.
The Bible contains the oldest example of Prose (The Book of Job) poetry, science, moral teachings, child rearing, government, finances, agriculture, entomology, marriage, war, geology, astronomy, commerce, mathematics, and economics as well as the entire history and genealogy of mankind, past, present and future.
The Bible is the most popular book ever written and is known and read in every country on earth. In 2012, a study found that over 3.9 Billion copies were sold, and this doesn't include the free donated copies by missionary organizations. ( For comparison, Harry Potter had sold 400 million). www.faithfacts.com.
The Bible is historically and scientifically accurate 100% of the time. Every challenge to its authenticity through the years has been defeated by scientific or archaeological discoveries.
It has been said "The Bible is the Anvil upon which all the skeptic's hammers have been worn out." The Bible tells us all mankind has descended from two parents: Adam and Eve. Geneticists studying DNA have traced man's origin to two parents. Variations in mitochondrial DNA between people have conclusively shown that all people have descended from one female, just as it is stated in Scripture.(www.icr.org)Not a very popular discovery for those clinging to the crumbling Darwinian Religion!No data for format
There exists an astounding number of ancient manuscripts extant: 5,000 Greek manuscripts, 10,000 Latin and 9,000 other--totaling over 24,000 manuscript copies or portions of the New Testament. The Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1947 are dated from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D. These manuscripts predate by 1,000 years the previous oldest manuscripts. They represent every Old Testament Book except Esther (as well as non-Biblical writings). There is word for word identity in more than 95% of the cases, and the 5% variation consists mostly of slips of the pen and spelling. (www.faithfacts.com).
The Old Testament has been more accurately transmitted to us than any other ancient writing of comparable age. The textual evidence is greater for both the and New Testaments than any other historically reliable ancient document. The ancient scribes were very meticulous.