As It Is Written...Amen
The Bible is a collection of scriptures sacred to Christians and Jews and a few others which stand somewhere between those 2 groups. It appears in the form of a compilation of texts of a variety of forms that are linked by the faith that they are revealed from God. These texts include historical accounts, hymns, prayers, proverbs, parables, letters, poetry, and prophecies. Believers in the Bible consider the Bible to be the product of divine inspiration - divine with a little 'd', because God is humble. The books included in the Bible by a good tradition indicate that the tradition views the collection as the true representation of God's words. A number of Bible traditions based on the doctrine of authority have evolved, with overlapping contents from denomination to denomination. The Hebrew Bible overlaps with the Greek Septuagint, even though the Septuagint was written by the Hebrews, and the Hebrew Bible also overlaps with the Christian Old Testament, even though that Testament was written by the Hebrews. The Christian New Testament is a collection of writings by Hebrews who believed in Christ, and they wrote it in a type of Greek called Koine - which means a dialect spoken in Alexandria, Egypt. Among Christian denominations there is some disagreement about what texts should be included as authoritative, primarily about when those texts were written, and those texts are regarded with varying levels of respect. Attitudes towards the Bible differ among Christian groups. Roman Catholics, 'high church Anglicans', Methodists and Eastern Orthodox Christians stress the harmony of the Bible and the traditions of men, while many Protestant churches focus on the idea of the Bible alone. This concept of 'the Bible alone' returned to prominence during a period of history called the Reformation: that is, the church at the beginning believed mostly in the Bible, then many members of God's body drifted more toward the traditions of men, while a large gathering of the worldwide church came to itself again; and many denominations today support the use of the Bible as the only true source of Christian teaching. The Bible's importance to humanity has been so great that a journalistic business in the New World was bold enough to say that that book written by Jews so long ago has done more to shape literature, history, entertainment, and culture than any book ever written, that its influence on world history is unparalleled, and its effect shows no signs of diminishing.
- Publication Date
- May 9, 2021
- All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
- By (author): Rhett Vorster