What Is the Bible?
The Bible is a rich, diverse, complex collection of 66 books written over thousands of years, and by all sorts of different authors. It’s an important book that has shaped major parts of history—and it can also help us find meaning, guidance, and insight as we get to know more about God, the Creator of the Universe, and His plan for each one of us.
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If you want to study the Bible, you don’t have to go it alone. The Adventist Church grew out of a quest for answers in Scripture. This group of believers didn’t want to rely on tradition or hearsay, but on the Word of God. What they found shed new light on the struggles we all encounter every single day. They found answers providing hope that someday, everything really will be alright, and that each one of us was created with a unique purpose (Revelation 21:4).
So when it comes to studying the Bible, all of its complexity doesn’t have to deter us from diving right in. It can actually be downright exciting!
The Bible was written by commoners and kings. It was written by prophets in the thick of the action, as well as curious bystanders, both rich and poor, all eager to document as many details as they possibly could. God’s Word is for anyone and everyone—not only for clergy or elite scholars! You can understand the Bible and benefit from the powerful principles within it.
Things to Keep in Mind
To prepare for an informed, intentional reading of the Bible, here are 7 things to keep in mind.
- The Bible reads differently than other books.
- The Bible is about real people with real problems—just like us.
- You may encounter passages that seem confusing, contradictory, culture-specific, or outright weird. There are study tools to help.
- Prophecy is an essential part of the Bible.
- Scripture often relies on symbolism to get the point across.
- It’s OK to say, “I don’t know.”
- Prayer goes hand in hand with Bible study.