Van Yandell

2 Timothy 3: 16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

In the Bible Connections articles I have addressed numerous topics. As in sermons, an article can evolve in to the Great Commission message of Christ Jesus crucified for the remission of sin and resurrected. Believing this, is the only salvation offered to mankind (Acts 4: 12).

Subjects such as bears, UFO’s, personal experiences, observations and statements of famous people in our history have inspired the articles. I really hope someone is reading the articles, but also feel blessed from what I have learned and remembered in writing them.

I have never really thought of myself as a writer and certainly not a Bible scholar. I do, however, find the Bible fascinating and thought provoking. The Bible as a book is a detailed and complicated study of God’s knowledge and wisdom conveyed to mankind. Its depth is beyond human comprehension and we will never understand the fullness of its content.

The understanding of the entire Bible is impossible and not required for salvation. Several verses offer us a sufficient understanding of the salvation principle; John 3: 16, John 14: 6, Acts 4: 12 and Roman 10: 9-10 are examples. All the scriptures require is for us to believe. To have eternal life in Heaven and avoid the eternal fires of Hell, damnation and eternal separation from God; believing seems like a very minute requirement.

The inclination of the human mind and condition is to seek a higher power in which to believe. We have a mind that realizes these bodies we live in are terminal and cannot accept the possibility of permanent death. Throughout the history of the world, humans have established, created or in some way adhered to some type of belief or religion.

Only in Judeo-Christianity do we have a substantiated text that is too technical and detailed to have been contrived by mere mortals. The Holy Bible is the only religious text that has accurately predicted the future. It is the only text that gives mankind a roadmap for how to live and how to die. It gives us a glimpse into the mind of our creator and describes for us that place where we will spend eternity (John 14: 1-3).

The Bible teaches us history, geography, philosophy, ethics, science, human relationship techniques plus a plethora of other subjects. It is the most read and most owned book on the planet. It is the text men turn to, to ease uncertainty and apprehension. It offers us more comfort and peace than any other writing in the history of publishing, both handwritten and printed.

Many great men have made outstanding statements in reference to the Bible. Immanuel Kant said, “The existence of the Bible as a book for the people is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.” I would add, all attempts to discredit it have miserably failed.

Isaac Newton is quoted as saying, “There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than any profane history.”

Many of the world’s great leaders, both past and present follow Biblical teachings. George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” Jimmy Carter is a devout Christian and Donald Trump welcomes every opportunity for Christian prayer and often requests it. President Trump also often embraces the advice of preachers, priests and rabbis.

Abraham Lincoln said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good Savior of the world is told us through this book.” Theodore Roosevelt made a very interesting statement concerning the Bible: “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, states, “So within the English speaking world, even where religions rather than Christianity dominate, a basic knowledge of the Bible is essential, if one is considered to be an educated citizen.”

The Bible has been quoted by statesmen, politicians, poets, philosophers, truck drivers, farmers, carpenters, welders, presidents and prime ministers. When people from all walks of life find themselves in despair for whatever reason, they find comfort in the scriptures. The insights offered in the Bible provide reassurance when none of this world can.

With the wealth of treasures in the Bible, I find it depressing to think of the number of dust covered Bibles in homes around the world. The contents of the Bible can be compared to any container of great contents. If it is not opened, it is worthless.

A statement I’ve made in numerous sermons concerns the magnitude and uniqueness of the Bible. I will not take credit for its origin but for its truth there is great assurance.

“The Bible was written over a period of between 1500 and 2000 years by at least forty different men. Those men were fishermen, a tax collector, a doctor, warriors, kings, slaves and prophets. One was even a Pharisee. Most of those men did not know each other or even live in the same time period. The Bible was written in three languages (Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic), and on three continents (Asia, Europe and Africa). It is not one book, but 66 books. The Old Testament (covenant) consists of 39 books and the New Testament (covenant) consists of 27 books. It is philosophically and conceptually consistent throughout its entirety.”

Most Christians believe the Bible was written by men but inspired by Jehovah God. I personally believe those writers were in a semi-conscious state under the influence of God. When they finished writing, they had to read their work to know what had been written.

The Bible has been read and practiced by the greatest and most intelligent having lived. It is The Bible; God’s Holy Word. In it are the answers to our most compelling questions: where did we come from and where are we going?

It is God’s Word. Eternity is within its covers. The greatest truth we will ever hear is Christ Jesus was crucified for the remission of sin and resurrected. Through it we have a hope unequalled in our existence or in the universe. All He asks is for us to believe.