Chapter One:

God's Word - The Bible

There have been many "Once upon a Time" stories told, but there is one that is not just "Once upon a Time", but is really true. It begins with "In the beginning". It is found in the Bible, which is God's Holy Word. God inspired men to write His Word for Him. A man named Moses wrote down the first five books in the Old Testament of this one volume called the Bible.

This book called the Bible is God's word because He claims it as His word. With all of the archeological findings and many years of History as we know it from our History books, and other sources, what has been written in the Bible has been proven to be so, and through the years the testing, archeological findings, and verifications, the truth of it becomes stronger. It is the claim of the Bible to be a tool to furnish us with instruction in righteousness, discipline, and to learn what God expects from us.

(2 Tim.3:16,17 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.).

And God has promised us that if we do His Will, and walk in His ways that He will be with us, and will take us home with Him when our body dies. (Ezekiel 18:4-6 ; John 14:1-3 ;1 John 1-6).

God spoke to men over and over again through His prophets telling them things that would happen before it ever happened, and everything that they predicted came true, one hundred percent of the time! People that are called "psychics" today predict things that appear to come true, but only a small percentage of their predictions even appear to be true He commanded that we observe all that He commanded, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament; and that we should not add anything to it or diminish anything from it. He also warned the people not to seek out soothsayers and such, and predicted the coming Messiah who would be the one that man would be required to listen to and heed. (Deu.12:32; Deu. 13:1-5; Deu. 18:9-22 )

(Deu. 13: 5 "What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him." )

And Moses told the Israelites in Deu. 18 --

(Deu. 18: 9-22 "When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."

God told men how to live to get along with each other, and how to live in order to have peace and happiness, and as long as they were obedient and followed God's ways, they lived in peace, and were never conquered by their enemies. But if they became disobedient, disregarding God's commands, he allowed them to be conquered and enslaved. All through the Old Testament, God made promises to man concerning the benefits of his obedience to God's word.

Let's stop here for a while and read some of these passages: In Exodus - 19: 5,6; 23:21,22. In Deu. - 11:27,28; 28:62; 30: 1-3 and 8-9 and verse 20. In I Samuel -12:14-16; 15:22. In Ne. - 9:17. In Job 36:11,14. In Jer. 7:23; 11:4-8; 12:17;18:10; 26:13; 38:20; 42:6-18. In Daniel- 9:11. In Zec. - 6:15.

In the New Testament we are again reassured of the promises concerning the promises given. In Acts with the beginning of the Church (chapter 2). Acts 5:29,32. In Romans - 2:7,13;6:16. In Galatians - 3:1. In II Timothy -1:8 and the second chapter. In Hebrews - 5:9,10. In I Peter 4:17.

The Bible tells us how the world was created by God, and how long it took Him. It appears to be quite obvious that He did not take the time to let His creation take a natural course, but made everything "full grown" to begin at a beginning.

If we choose to believe God, and accept the Bible as His word, then we believe that every word in the Bible is true, because if every word is not true, then God is a liar and none of it is true. And if Jesus was not who He claimed to be then He was a liar and a deceiver, and was not even just another "good man" as some people want to say.

Now, let's explore some of the basic ideas about this Bible and learn about God's word as it helps us to live with peace and happiness in our lives.

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Table Of Contents

God's Word - The Bible
In The Beginning
The Garden
God Reaches Out
Two Sons
And Man Multiplied
The Flood
The Rainbow
The Faith of Abraham
A Covenant Promise Fulfilled
Analogies: Sons and the Covenant
The Ultimate Test of Faith
To Make A Nation
A Prophet Raised Up
Intertestamental History
Fullness Of Time