I recently asked this question to a group of people and many responded that it’s hard to understand the difference in the Old Testament (the beginning) and the New Testament (the life of Jesus). In general, everyone believed that it is a real book based on facts.
This issue between the old and new is that the old is about a God that seemed to zap people and the new is about a loving God. One person gave an illustration about when your kids are little, you simply punish them when they do something wrong without any explanation. An example is when a 2-year-old child grabs at a hot stove. You do not ask them to stop, instead you just slap or pull them away to prevent them from getting hurt. As they get older, you usually take the time to explain the situation and how they should handle it.
God is the same throughout the Bible but ‘the why’ He works with us has grown more intimate. It amazes me that He gives us illustrations on how He is within our day to day life.
…and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NIV)
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)
What does this Bible verse say about the Bible? Is your goal to create a good work? Is the Bible a tool that will help you? How do you put this Book to use? Do you need to spend more time with it? What are you going to do with the Bible?
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