What is the purpose of the Bible, and how did it come to exist?
In order to understand what the Bible really is, the first thing you need to do is clear your mind from all the propaganda that religion has infected our society with. To better understand the Bible’s purpose, think of it like this: If you wanted to teach a group of people how to run a particular business venture, but you couldn’t do it in person, what would you do? You would probably write a book that explains all the details, along with a list of dos and don’ts. And to best teach your students, you would undoubtedly use illustrations and real-life scenarios. Well, that’s exactly what our Creator did for us! Just as the boss of a company uses a secretary to write his letters, our Creator used 40 different men over the course of 1600 years during early human history to write the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16 explains, “The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true” (The Living Bible). Accordingly, men like Solomon, Isaiah, and Moses were simply secretaries to our Creator. And in Romans 15:4, the apostle Paul emphasizes the purpose of the scriptures: “For whatever was previously written was written for our instruction” (Modern English Version). In other words, our Creator inspired various individuals during early human history to write down His words for humankind to learn from. By using stories from the history of our ancestors, our Creator teaches us valuable life lessons. Correspondingly, the Bible contains a list of laws that we were meant to follow as well, and those laws were even updated when the New Testament was released. Furthermore, the Bible also contains information about who our Creator is and explains the different characteristics of His personality.
Regarding its distribution, the Bible holds world records for the oldest mechanically printed book and best-selling book of all time (Guinness World Records). It has an estimated total distribution of over five billion copies with a consistent annual circulation of one hundred million. Over the course of human history, the Bible has been translated into roughly two thousand different languages, making it the most widely translated piece of literature in human history.
Perhaps even more importantly, the Bible provides pertinent information about why this world is in such a horrible mess, and it explains what our Creator has planned for the future of humanity. In summary, the Bible is humankind’s instruction manual. And it contains everything we need to live the best life possible, now and in the future. Unfortunately, because of religion, the Bible is a severely misjudged book.
My next blog will answer this question: Who is our Creator? Be sure to watch for it before the middle of June. Until then, stay healthy!