Where did the Bible come from?

Bible Basics

by Bob Burridge ©2011
Lesson 1: Where did the Bible come from?

Where did the Bible come from?

The Bible is not like any other book. It was written by people specially chosen and guided by God. They wrote what God wanted them to write. This means that everything in the Bible is true. There are no mistakes in the Bible because it is God’s word. The 66 Books of the Bible are often called “the Scriptures” which means “the Writings”.

The Bible was written a long time ago. The Old Testament was written long before the time of Jesus. The New Testament was written just after the time when Jesus was crucified.

In 2 Timothy 3:15-16 the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy and said,

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

God made sure that copies of the Bible were carefully made so that this ancient book can be studied today. We can compare the thousands of copies of the Bible so that we can be sure about what the first copies said.

The Bibles we use are translated into our own language to help us understand what God said in those ancient times. What he tells us there is important. It tells us what God wants us to know. We should read and carefully study God’s word every day.

(Bible verses are quoted from the New King James Version of the Bible)
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About Bob Burridge

I've taught Science, Bible, Math, Computer Programming and served 25 years as Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Pinellas Park, Florida. I'm now Executive Director of the ministry of the Genevan Institute for Reformed Studies

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