Making sense of the Bible
If you walked into a library, to which section would you go? To the non-fiction, or the DVD's or the fiction or the encyclopedia, or the newspapers??
If you opened the library of the Bible, what would you be looking for.? The range is extensive :- History, poetry legal, spiritual, romantic, life skills, futuristic. These sections have been written by many different authors in various countries. The variety has a common theme – God reaching out to humanity. These books have come together over many years.
It is not a book of science trying to prove the existence of God. Nor is it a simplistic 'how to manual'. Rather it is God revealing Himself and connecting with different people at different times in history, connecting in different ways.
The first section has the family of Abraham in focus. Much of it is written for and about the Israelite nation. The songbook (Psalms) relates very much to the experiences, good and bad, of people of all times.
The section that shines out as most relevant are the accounts of the life of Jesus Christ. These biographies are clear expressions of the ways God connects with both Jews and Gentiles (non Jews). Jesus is presented as very different from normal people , yet very real in human life. They also present different aspects of the person – The man Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God. (written by Matthew ,Mark, Luke, John)
These four Gospel records are enhanced by the subsequent teaching of His Apostles ( Peter, James John , Paul etc). He commissioned them to teach the new Gospel by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They were to unveil things about Himself that He had purposely hidden. (John 16)
The history of 'Acts', shows the purpose of the Lord, that through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ , forgiveness of sins should be preached to the whole world. The problems and failures in this endeavour are honestly recorded. The blessings to the whole world are recorded in the 2000 years of history since.
May I encourage you to go browsing, beginning with the contents page.