the Bible

 

The Bible comprises the Old and New Testaments, totalling 66 books written by multiple authors (some estimating 40) over thousands of years—with the first books being written around 3,400 years ago. What is remarkable about the Bible is that it has a unifying theme throughout! How can this be if it was written by multiple authors over thousands of years? There is yet another remarkable thing about the Bible: it makes predictions that come true! For example, in the book of Micah (in the Old Testament part of the Bible) there is a prediction that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. This prediction was made long before Jesus was born and the prophecy thereby fulfilled. How can this be? The answer, we believe, is that the Bible is not only the words of men but the very Word of God, Himself. We believe that God inspired the human authors to record infallible truths about God, and His dealings with Creation. 


All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
— 2 Timothy 3:16–17
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 1:21

The Bible is the revelation of God’s plan to redeem the universe that is dying all around us. This plan reaches its climax in the person and redeeming work of Jesus Christ. The Bible reveals the power, authority and love of God—through Christ—in stories, letters, poetry, songs and especially the Gospels. Many people who read the Bible find that God is challenging, inspiring, correcting and convicting them through His Word—God effects change in people through the Bible. In this sense, we can declare that the Bible is the living Word of God for us today.

We believe the Bible to be infallible—in other words, it is incapable of being wrong in matters pertaining to God and His creation; and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible we have today is both a reliable source of the Word of God, and entirely trustworthy in its revelation of God and the plight of humankind. It is so trustworthy, in fact, that Christians can have absolute assurance about their eternal destiny based on their relationship with Jesus Christ.