No Book Like It
No Book Like It
The Bible is a wonder. No book is like it. Nowhere is truth bound up in so concise a package. Nowhere is there to be found a book that sets forth more truth in a more beautiful and functional way.
The Bible addresses man’s needs and recommends solutions to each one of them. Not one question regarding man’s purpose for existence, his mission on earth, and what will come of him when he dies, is disregarded. Instead, the Bible addresses the need for knowing those things in a most direct and functional manner.
The Bible tells us about who God is and how to please Him. It explains how & when men fail and how they can succeed and how God feels about both. It speaks of virtue and kindness, of character and dignity, of proper worship and devotion—all of which relate to man’s becoming all that God wanted him to be when He created Him.
The Bible affirms itself to be “the word of God.” In the Old Testament it is affirmed over and over again. It uses terms like “God said,” “The word of God came, saying,” etc. to affirm such (Ex. 4:12; Deut. 4:2; Jer. 3:7-9; Ezek. 2:4; 33:7). In the New Testament, those who wrote spoke the words of God as they were inspired by the Spirit (Jn 14:26; 15:26; 16:13; Acts 1:16; Heb. 1:1-2; 1 Cor. 2:1-10; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
The Bible is the only book that tells man what to do about sin—in short, how to be saved. It does it without prejudice and with great accuracy. There is no reason for man to misunderstand it, and certainly no reason for him to reinterpret it to make it what he wants. It is God’s plan. He conceived it. He brought it about. He revealed it to us in the Bible. In nine different instances in the Acts of Apostles, we are told—both by example and statement—what to do to be saved. Acts 2, 8, 9, 10, 16, for example, tell us that God expects a man to hear the gospel, believe that Christ is the Son of God, repent of his past sins, confess his faith, and be baptized for the remission of his sins. A simple, forthright plan for man’s salvation about which there is absolutely no need for misunderstanding.
Only in the Bible is there information about what lies beyond. All else is speculation, superstition. The Bible speaks clearly of the judgment (Matt. 7:21-23; Heb. 9:21; Rev. 20:11-15). Furthermore, that statement is made without undue fanfare, but explicitly and with power.