The Bible is the word of God, showing us how to live. It reveals God’s will and teaches us timeless lessons we can apply to all parts of our lives. This book tells us who God is, where we came from, how much God loves us, and how we can live out His love in our own lives. That alone makes it the most precious book on earth—a steady constant in a world that is always changing. Perhaps that’s why the Bible remains the most-read book in the world. The Bible is also a unique anthology of complex ideas and concepts. It is meant to be read with attentive care. So let’s take a closer look at the many roles the Bible can play in our spiritual lives: The Bible was written by humans with varying perspectives The Bible as our roadmap for life The Bible as a revelation of God’s will The Bible’s timeless messages of perpetual relevance The Bible as a declaration of God’s love BELIEF 1: HOLY SCRIPTURES The Holy Scriptures, Old, and New Testaments are the written Word of God, given by divine inspiration. The inspired authors spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. In this Word, God has committed to humanity the knowledge necessary for salvation. The Holy Scriptures are the supreme, authoritative, and infallible revelation of His will. They are the standard of character, the test of experience, the definitive revealer of doctrines, and the trustworthy record of God’s acts in history. (Ps. 119:105; Prov. 30:5, 6; Isa. 8:20; John 17:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Heb. 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20, 21.) A man studying the Bible.
WRITTEN BY DIVINE INSPIRATION TO DIVERSE HUMAN BEINGS God’s holy word, the Bible, is unique among all other books. It was written by more than 40 authors living on three different continents over a span of 1,500 years—yet its words were inspired by God. He inspired human authors and through them, He communicated His will to the rest of humanity (2 Peter 1:20-21). That’s why the Bible does so well at reaching people at differing points in their lives, amid different situations, and with a wide spectrum of perspectives. The Bible reveals God, but through human eyes, so we can relate. These days, people question everything. They question the news, authority figures, and even themselves. It’s almost a default mindset when there’s so much contradictory information confronting us each day from a variety of media. It can sometimes feel like there’s no real right answer to anything. But even amid all the confusion and noise of the world, the Bible can be the one source of information that is completely trustworthy. It teaches us the right way to live, reveals God’s character, and holds the answer to all our big questions. 2 Timothy 3:16 even describes Scripture as “breathed out by God,” and “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (ESV).