World’s best seller
According to Guinness Book of records, “the Bible is the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book. A survey by the Bible Society concluded that around 2.5 billion copies were printed between 1815 and 1975, but more recent estimates put the number at more than 5 billion. By the end of 1995, combined global sales of Today’s English Version (Good News) New Testament and Bible (copyright for which is held by the Bible Societies) exceeded 17.75 million copies, and the whole Bible had been translated into 349 languages; 2,123 languages have at least one book of the Bible in that language.”
About 40 authors over a period of 1,500 years wrote the Bible. These authors wrote the books of the Scripture under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17). These writers, in most cases, had never met. Yet, though it seems totally unbelievable, the 66 books have full harmony with each other.
The Divine Power of God’s Word
God’s word remains relevant today because it presents the knowledge of who God is and His plans for His children. The most important knowledge that has been revealed in the scriptures is the story of our separation from God by sin and God’s provision for our redemption through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross (John 3:16).
The Bible was completed approximately 1900 years ago. In spite of its age, the Bible remains in constant demand. And millions would die for it, if necessary. People seek the Bible because it answers life’s basic questions:
- Where did I come from? God created humans in His image. Men and women are the sons and daughters of God, the Mighty King (Galatians 3:26). God loved us so much that He gave His Son to die and He paid the penalty for our sins so we could be free. He wants to restore us to His image and then, shortly, take us back to Eden.
- Why am I here? Our aims for life today should be to learn about God’s salvation and to accept Jesus’ offer to restore us to His image (Romans 8:29).
- What does the future hold for me? Jesus will come very soon to take His people to heaven. People, with ultimate joy and happiness, people will live forever (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:3, 4).
The words of the Bible has power to change lives. It delivers people from addictions, bondage, sin and transform sinners into saints. No other book on earth has been able to produce such an effect in its readers. This is because the Bible contains the divine power of the Creator.
Kingdoms and governments change and generations pass but the Word of God is as relevant today as it was when it was first written. God’s Word cannot be destroyed. Men and even entire nations tried to discredit the Bible and even destroy it, but were not successful and their attacks on the Bible failed. “The word of the Lord endureth for ever” (1 Peter 1:25). The principles of God’s Kingdom will endure as long as God Himself continues to exist (Matthew 5:17, 18).
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