The Bible, a book greatly esteemed, and greatly misunderstood by many.
The book that you are asked in court to swear on,
ironically its saying not to swear at all.
So the question remains:
WHAT IS THE BIBLE???
First, its not a book…
Yes, the Bible its a library, a colection of 66 books, contained in 2 main sections:
Old Testament & New Testament, written in a timespan of almost 1600 years, by 40 different authors, majority of them not knowing each other.
It’s a masterpiece of hiperlinks, like a web of ideas that intermingle with each other, similar with the thoughts in the mind.
It’s like an ancient website with links and references from one book to another, and together they reveal one unified story that leads to Jesus.
The first section, or collection of books, we received from the old Israel, and it contains (1)the THORA (or the Law), (2)the Prophets and (3)the Poetic writings, as 3 main categories of the OT (Old Testament).
The second collection, NT(New Testament), comes from the apostles and followers of Christ, from the same etnic group as Jesus, aka “the Jews“.
This collection is made from:
The Acts of the Apostles
The letters of the apostles
and The book of Revelation
The Bible starts with the beginning of creation and perfection, and in the unfolding of the story the core problem of humanity is revealed and the solution is to be offered by God and received by humanity.
You’ll find out that the first books of the Bible are telling you the story of the first humans from the Garden, through the Exile, up to the Flood, and then the Tower of Babel with the scatterings of the people in multiple nations, and from Abraham, the Bible is zooming in on the people of Israel as the holy nation that God raised up and preserved, from whom He raised Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of the world and as the blessing that God promised for the entire humanity (Genesis 3:15).
As an overview, God created a beautiful, spotless world, and He appointed humans to rule it in His behalf, by His rules…
But humans gave into evil, disobeyed God, lost dominion over the world, lost life and lost the comfort of the garden.
Because of their disobedience God had to banish them from the garden, but He made the clothes from animal skin, and promised that one day Messiah will come, will pay the price of their disobedience, and will restore back all things .
So we follow the story of the Bible up to the end of the OT, and Messiah, that prophets of old kept talking about, never comes…
Until, we get to the first book of the NT, and we meet this guy named Jesus, not only a human being, but also the son of God.
Living as the simple carpenter, the son of Mary, born in Bethlehem, raised in Nazareth, without formal education, he is amazingly wise and amazingly kind, but he turns the status quo upside down, when he starts to proclaim that the kingdom of God its at hand.
People are following him and he does miracles by turning water in wine, multiplying food, healing the ill, raising the dead, walking on water and liberating the demon-possessed people.
Everyone believes he is the promised Messiah, but he starts to advocate an upside down paradigm of the kingdom.
He said that the first should be last and the last should be first.
He is denying the norm of the day, saying that the rabbinical righteousness of the priests its not enough for the kingdom of God.
He is disrupting the norms of the religion of that time, and he claims that he will be killed for the sins of the world.
He ends up being crucified on a roman cross, rejected by his nation, abandoned by most of his followers, but God raised him up the third day, and made him the head of the human race.
He ascended to heaven, he is glorified, he empowered his disciples with his holy spirit, and sent them into the entire world to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God which is:
despite the fact that the humans gave into evil and lost everything, God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in his name shall be saved and have everlasting life.
So this is the beginning of the new creation, from where the kingdom of God grows every day in the soul of the believers until it fills the whole Earth and the son of God will return to take his children to heaven for 1000 years.
The Bible its really beautiful, but very long…
The message its vital for understanding the reality, and for transforming the mind.
As I said in the beginning, the Bible it’s not a book, it’s a collection of books, and because they are inspired by one author, God, the message transcends from one book to another.
The Bible is not only for reading, is for studying and meditating about.
In order to understand it you need to ask for the divine guidance and to humble yourself.
It’s the only “book” that I know to change life…
At first it’s a picture, and then it’s a mirror and at last its a window…