The Holy Bible

William H. Farley, Jr.

The Bible contains sixty-six Books, written over a period of sixteen hundred years by some forty different men from diverse locations, yet without error. If there are any alleged discrepancies in the Bible, it is on man's part and not God's. There is as much evidence, if not more, that Jesus Christ is Deity (the Son of God), as there is that Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States. Who in his right mind would deny that Abe Lincoln was President? Yet, many today dismiss the Bible as a figment of man's imagination: impossible to understand and relative to anyone and everyone's interpretation. Truly, the Holy Bible is the inerrant, plenary, verbal, effectual, and inspired word of God! Mere man could not have written such a book by himself. The Bible condemns many things that men, by nature, hold to their liking.

If Almighty God could create mankind in His own image and make the earth a suitable dwelling place for His creation, could He not communicate with man (His crowning creation) through the economy of the sound, intelligent words that are found in the Bible?

Without a doubt, the Bible records God speaking to mankind! This Divine Record tells man where he came from, what he is doing here, and where he is going when this short earthly life is over. There is a reward for the righteous and eternal punishment for the evil. God made man a free moral being; if man loses his never-dying soul, it will be his own fault and no one else's. (see Mark 8:3) "... what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26, NKJV) "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" (Hebrews 9:27) "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:31)

The whole Bible is built around the Great Salvation Story of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament tells about the preparations for His coming to earth. The Gospels record that Christ was born of the virgin Mary, lived on earth as a man, went about preaching and doing good, was murdered by cruel men, was buried, was resurrected the third day, ascended back into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father on High.

Jesus said, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth." (Matthew 28:18) The New Testament tells about the establishment of His glorious church, the church of Christ (Matt. 16:16, Acts 2; Rom. 16:16), and how to become a New Testament Christian (Acts 2:38) "And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch." (Acts 10:26). The rest of the New Testament (Epistles), except Revelation, instructs penitent, baptized believers how to live the Christian life. The Book of Revelation is a figurative book (written in symbols), given by Jesus Christ to the inspired apostle John to encourage Christians that Christ and His church will be victorious over Satan and the world and that the Lord is coming again. -4384 Baer Road, Marion, OH 43302.


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