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A Very Old Book
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The Bible is a very old book. Some parts of it as old as 3,500 years. The most recent parts are 2,000 years old. Books that old are usually out-of-date. How could you get any help from a book that old? How could you trust such ancient writings to even be accurate?

The Bible is not an ordinary book. Most books have one title and one author. But the Bible has sixty-six books, all with different titles. It has thirty-five authors. Most books are written within a fairly short time frame. However, the Bible was written over a period of 1,600 years. Most of the Bible writers never met each other. So they had no chance to compare notes and verify facts.

You’d expect a book written like that to have a lot of contradictions, opinions and unbalanced content. But strangely, this is not the case with the Bible. When all the Bible is carefully studied, you won’t find any contradictions. It is a harmonious whole. The Bible itself says that “all Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16).

The Bible contains a balanced mix of history, poetry, prophecy and biography. The Bible was written by people from all walks of life. They were shepherds, kings, fishermen, day laborers, a tax collector, a doctor, a prime minister, plus a number of others. Some books of the Bible were written in prison, in the desert, or on an island. None of the original writings exist today. What we have are copies of copies.

Copied by Hand

Since the Bible was written long before printing was invented, it all had to be copied by hand. You’d think there would be lots of errors from miscopying. But what will you actually find?

In the spring of 1947, a couple of shepherd boys were grazing their sheep and goats along the foot of cliffs lining the Dead Sea near Qumran. One of the boys threw a stone into a cave’s opening. He was surprised to hear a shattering sound. Inside the cave, the boys found some decaying rolls of leather in pottery jars They had discovered the “Dead Sea Scrolls,” containing Bible manuscripts a thousand years older than anything in existence. These scrolls had been copied so faithfully, that the differences from later manuscripts were hardly noticeable. There is no doubt about the accuracy of our Bible today.

Yes, you can trust the Bible! And the best part is that its messages can do for you what it has done for many others. The Bible says it “is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). The Bible can bring happiness and hope to you in a world of confusion, unhappiness and uncertainty. Why not open its pages, and enjoy your read!

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