Exploring Scripture~because it matters!
Do you know that only 2% of people who call themselves Christians have actually read the entire Bible? Supposing there is a God, (and there is), a Supreme Being Who wrote a book (which He did), and we know about His book, (and we do). Aren’t we doing ourselves an injustice if we neglected to at least take a peek between its covers? Shouldn’t we be the least bit curious as to what such a God would like to share with us?
In the 17th chapter of John’s Gospel Jesus says, “[God’s] Word is Truth.” If that is so, doesn’t it light a fire in us to explore that truth? Imagine what a difference it could make in our lives to know the thoughts and plans of the living God and to come to intimate knowledge of Him.
“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” 1 John 4:16 (KJV). Jesus even tells the Apostles, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, [there] you may be also” (John 14:2-3 NASB).
We don’t have to take what we discover on blind faith. Contrary to prevailing opinion, the Bible is provably the Word of God. And if it is God’s Word, then there must be a Supreme Being, a Preeminent Sovereign, a Creator! Examining His creation reveals the Creator and His amazing power. Examining His writings reveals His heart, His spirit, and His love— drawing us into intimate fellowship with Him and with each other.
While “Exploring Scripture” we find answers to all sorts of questions including such contemporary issues from climate change and social violence to the origin of time, the universe and of life itself. We discover purpose and meaning of yesterdays and tomorrows and find our way “From-Creation-to-Eternity.” We learn why life is hard and discover the origins of disease, suffering, catastrophes and natural disasters, and the HOPE for us all!
By “Exploring Scripture” we learn about God’s heart. We find comfort in the reassurance that someone, big and powerful, is looking after us, watching over us. Someone who cares.
If you haven’t read His book, if for no other reason than curiosity, at least consider taking a peeking into the New Testament. Begin with the Gospel of John, the great “Love story,” and discover for yourself the incomprehensible love God has for you—Jesus is even preparing a place for you in God’s eternal Kingdom (John 14). Then read Romans and Ephesians and the remainder of the New Testament. But save Revelation till after you have read the Old Testament. Revelation is the culmination of all that has gone before. The explanations of the imagery in Revelation are found in the Old Testament.
Proof Positive the Bible is from God alone: The Bible—composed of 66 individual books penned by 40 different authors in three different languages on three different continents over the course of more than 1500 years and fits together like hand-in-glove. PROVABLY inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. The contents undeniably attest to the fact that it comes to us from outside of time. It is archaeologically, historically, scientifically, and prophetically one-hundred percent accurate. It has never been successfully contradicted or proven wrong! Every case ever made against it has failed. That is why the Bible has lasted over the millennia despite the unceasing attempts to discredit it. The Bible presents evidence for God and creation and shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that He is a personal God who intimately cares for you with an unimaginable eternal love. Give it a chance, for your own benefit.
Should you have doubts here is a promise. Sincerely ask, “God, if you truly exist come into my life and reveal Yourself to me. If You do, I will follow You.” Guaranteed, He absolutely Will!
On the other hand, if you don’t believe in God, be patient, “you will!” and maybe sooner than you think.
Exploring Scripture~because it matters—it truly does!