Why do so many people read the Bible?
What do they see in it?

The Bible claims to be the inspired Word of
God.   Therefore, it addresses a wide
variety of topics relating to the most
profound questions we have about life, the
universe, and everything else in between.

People who refer to the Bible on a regular
basis have been greatly
blessed, not only by its
wisdom, but by the Bible's
ability to describe the "big
explaining the
"why?", "how?", "when?",
"where?", and "what?" of
human existence.

However, to really under-
stand what all the fuss is
about, you must approach
the Bible with a willing mind, a humble
heart, and the right attitude toward God.

But isn't the Bible full of
Isn't it a waste of time for
me to look into it?

First of all, most people who claim it's full
of contradictions can't name one.   Those
who actually cite alleged contradictions,
don't understand the Bible as a whole, and
take isolated verses out of context.   For
every book that has been written alleging
contradictions, there are others written dis-

spelling them.   Here is a partial list: Alleged
Bible Contradictions Explained
, by Geo.
W. DeHoff; Alleged Discrepancies of the
, by Joh. W. Haley; Encyclopedia of
Bible Difficulties
, Gleason Archer Jr.;
Difficulties in the Bible, by R.A. Torry;
Problem texts, by Peter S. Ruckman; Does
the Bible Contradict itself?
, by W.F. Arndt.

Secondly, if the Bible is full of
contradictions, discrepancies, and all
   sorts of unexplainable
   inconsistencies, how has it
   managed to survive this

   Who in their right mind would
   write something blatantly
   contradictory and think they
   could fool anyone into
   thinking it was the Word of
   God?   For that matter, who
   would read it and be foolish
enough to believe it was the Word of God?
One perhaps; maybe even a few hundred in
the first century, but millions for almost
two thousand years?!

Obviously, the Bible's appeal greatly
outweighs any alleged discrepancy

Furthermore, the vast majority of the
supposed "contradictions" were already
stated by the third century.   Surely the Bible
should have died in the flames of non-
credibility by now.   But it hasn't.   It's been
the biggest, best seller of all time.

Next question . . .

Isn't the Bible hard to understand?
Don't you have to be a scholar?

No.   While that may be a common
perception upon first reading the Bible, the
key to understanding it is to seek out the
author, Himself.   You could say, it is for this
very reason that God made His Word "hard
to understand."
  He wants you and I to seek
   Often, the person who doubts God's
existence, or simply has no interest in
seeking Him, is the first to scratch their
heads and conclude that the Bible makes
no sense at all.   Yet, the Bible says, "If any
of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally....But let
him ask in faith, nothing wavering....For
let not that man think that he shall receive
any thing of the Lord."
  James 1:5-7

One's initial attitude toward God
determines the degree to which Biblical
truth is revealed to them.   King David often
prayed, "Teach me, O LORD, the way of
thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the
end.   Give me understanding, and I shall
keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with
my whole heart."
  Psalm 119:33-34
   In the Gospels, we find Jesus teaching
many parables to the multitudes (see Matt.
13:2-3).   Often, these parables were hard
to understand.   Yet, those who truly
wanted to understand them didn't just go
home and try to figure them out on their

own.   They did the most sensible thing they
could have done--they said to Christ,
"Declare unto us the parable of the tares of
the field"
(Mat. 13:36).   They sought Him,
crying, "Explain it to us!   Teach us what it

   Perhaps you've tried to make sense of
the Bible, with little success.   Did you try
seeking out the Author?
  Do you even
believe He exists?   The wrong attitude will
keep you in the dark.   Exhibit a humble
attitude with a genuine willingness to learn,
and God will show you what the Bible
says, beginning with what you must do to
get right with Him.

Who wrote the Bible?

The answer is God.   God is its author.
However, men were the writing
instruments.   40 men over a period of 1600
years penned the 66 books that comprise
the Bible.   Think of each man as a pen in
God's hand.   One pen has a felt tip, another
one is a ball point, yet another, a
fountain pen.   Each pen leaves a different
impression upon the page.
   This is why the various books of the
Bible can exhibit each writer's literary style,
while all along sharing the same Author.

Why should I believe God wrote it?
What's so special about the Bible?

Time and space doesn't allow for a

thorough explanation of all the fascinating
reasons for believing the Bible is God's
Word.   We could mention the various
scientific truths revealed in the Bible long
before they were discovered by men.

We could mention the prophecies, roughly
making up one third of the Bible, most of
which have already been fulfilled.   Within
the Bible, we find laws concerning hygiene,
revealed long before man knew about
germs.   The Bible reveals God's character,
His personality, and there's the wisdom,
and the behavioral standards which are
high above what man would have
reasonably imposed upon himself.

There are various other examples, but
perhaps the most "supernatural" aspect of
the Bible is its frank, often convicting and
self-incriminating description of human
nature.   It has often been said that the Bible
is a book that man could not have written,
nor would have written, if he could.

How can the Bible help me today?
Isn't it dated, and its teachings archaic?

One common misconception is that the
Bible was written so long ago, it cannot
possibly be of any practical use to us
today.   But the fact is, the primary issue
addressed by the Bible has not changed,
nor will it change as long as human nature
remains the same.   Oh, our technology and
knowledge base may be different than

what it was back then, but we still have all
the same tendencies and desires to sin.
   The Bible teaches that sin, a word used
very little today, is at the heart of all our
problems, including death and disease.
For example, man has often tried to
achieve global peace and harmony, yet
wars have always been a fact of life.
   The Bible tells us where those wars
come from: "From whence come wars and
fightings among you? come they not
hence, even of your lusts that war in your
(James 4:1).   They come from
within ourselves--our sinful nature.

One of the most useful, yet opposed, facts
revealed by the Bible is that "There is none
righteous, no, not one"
(Rom. 3:10).   "For
all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God"
(Rom. 3:23).   We are all
sinners.   We not only sin by choice, we sin
by nature.   This natural gravitation toward
sin results in self-destructive behavior.   We
smoke, even though it kill us.   We commit
fornication even with the threat of AIDS
looming over our heads.   The list can go on.

But not only does the Bible reveal the
problem, it reveals the solution--the
reason Jesus Christ died in our place two
thousand years ago.   Please take the time
to read the back [below] of this pamphlet.   There
you'll find the solution to sin.   And if you'd
like to learn more about the Bible, please
write us for a free, at-home Bible
correspondence course

IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven?
  The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).

BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God,"
Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:23.

SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast."
  (Eph. 2:8-9)   Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because, "Not by works of
which we have done, but
according to his mercy he
[Christ] saved
Titus 3:5.

THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ.   He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me."
  (John 14:6)   THAT'S
: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us
  Romans 5:8-9

THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself.   And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you.   "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus
[REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart
[TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
  Romans 10:9

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