Reasons why the Bible is the most important book on earth
1) The Bible is most popular book in the history of humanity
2) There are more Bibles printed than any other book
3) It was the first book printed. Today, it has been printed in just about any language
4) The Bible has transformed many people all over the world
– If it wasn’t for the Bible the world would be a totally different place today
5) It’s because of this book that we have hospitals, Christian schools, orphanages, charity organizations
6) The Bible is available in every corner of the world, even in places where it is illegal to own one
7) The Bible was written by over 40 authors in a period of 1500 years – All inspired by God
It’s like the architect who designed that huge church in Italy. It was built in like 36 years and the details were amazing. Every single piece of that temple was beautiful. The temple was completed when he was 79 years old. And even though he built it, he never laid a single stone. There were many people involved: Carpenters, stonemasons, artists but it was him who was the inspiration behind it. It’s the same thing with the Bible. God used and inspired a lot of people to write the Bible.
Why is it important to read the Bible?
1 – THE BIBLE HAS TRANSFORMED THE WORLD
– Millions of people all over the world read the Bible every day
– A lot of them follow what the Bible teaches
– It’s the most appreciated book; the most loved; the most treasured
– Its teachings have affected presidents, kings, drug addicts, homosexuals, Satanists, murders
2 – PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO DIE FOR THIS BOOK
– The Bible has transformed lives and in many cases, these people have died trying to share it
– People have been burned alive, crucified, shot in the head; people have been tortured because of it
– The Bible has been praised, cursed, restricted, banned, burned
– Governments have tried to restrict it and failed
– People have gone to prison for many years for distributing Bibles
– People in China and other countries cry when they receive one
– The Bible is loved and hated by many people
– People are willing to die for it
3 – IT’S THE MOST ACCURATE BOOK OF ANCIENT TIMES
– It was written in about 1500 years and it was completed about 2000 years ago
– In all this time none of it has been found inaccurate
– It has been studied, commented, dissected, discussed more than any other book
– Millions and millions of books have been written about its contents
– It has been verified by archeologists, scientist, chemists, geologists, astronomers and many more
– People keep discovering more and more things hidden in the Bible
– Archeologists keeps discovering artifacts confirming what the Bible says
MANY OF THE LATEST DISCOVERIES HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE BIBLE
THE EARTH IS ROUND (Isaiah mentioned it 3000 years ago) – Isaiah ‘He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.
THE EXISTENCE OF ATOMS (Discovered last century) – Hebrews 11:3 – ‘By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.’
THE ORBIT OF THE SUN – Psalms 19:4-6 – ‘Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
THE OCEANS HAVE CURRENTS (Discovered in the 1800s) – Psalm 8:6-8 ‘You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
THE EARTH WAS DIVIDED (This is a theory scientists have) (Genesis 10:25) – ‘Two sons were born to Eber: One was named Peleg, because in his time the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.’
MOUNTAINS UNDER THE SEA (it was discovered not too many years ago) – Jonah 2:2-3,5-6 – ‘He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord , and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.
SPRINGS UNDER THE SEAS (Discovered in 1977) – Job 38:16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
GOD STRETCHES OUT THE HEAVENS – THE UNIVERSE IS EXPANDING (Discovered in 1925)American astronomer Edwin Hubble (Hubble Space Telescope) proved that the universe is expanding, and that there is a relationship between the speeds of distant galaxies and their distances from Earth. The further they are – the faster they move. However, not only are galaxies rushing away from Earth, but the universe is also expanding.
Centuries ago, the Old Testament prophets told us that the God stretches out the heavens:
Job 9:8 – Who alone stretches out the heavens and tramples down the waves of the sea
Isaiah 40:22 – It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
Isaiah 42:5 – Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it
Isaiah 45:12 – “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host.
Isaiah 51:13 – That you have forgotten the Lord your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth, That you fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, As he makes ready to destroy? But where is the fury of the oppressor?
Jeremiah 10:12 – It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom; And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.
Zechariah 12:1 – The burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel. Thus declares the Lord who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him
THE HOLE IN THE NORTH – Thanks to incredibly powerful telescopes astronomers can see a solid mass of stars surrounding the earth – with one exception. The universe has a huge hole in it. This “gap” in the Northern Hemisphere, lying in the general direction of the constellation Bootes is nearly a billion light years across. The discovery caught astronomers by surprise – not because a void exists, but because it is so huge. It is also empty of the mysterious “dark matter” that permeates the cosmos. Other space voids have been found before, but nothing on this scale.
Job 26:7 says, “”He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.
SPACE IS EMPTY – Job 26:7 – He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.
Job lived thousands of years ago. They knew nothing of gravity, space or planets, and didn’t know that the earth was suspended in space. Job said that God hung the earth on nothing
– Something that would not be discovered many centuries later
AIR HAS WEIGHT (Discovered about 300 years ago) – Many centuries ago Job 28:25 said – ‘When God fixed the weight of the wind and limited the water by measure
– For a lot of people it’s hard to believe that air has weight or that it is even a real substance
– But we know that air has mass not only because we can feel it when the wind blows, but strong winds can cause large trees to fall over
– Anything with mass has weight
4 – The Bible contains a life-changing message of freedom
– It contains teachings that have freed millions of people from their sins
– People have been freed from drug addiction, alcoholism, bitterness, demonic possessions
– Families have been restored; families have been reunited
– Satanist have been freed
– Sick people have been healed, freed from their afflictions
– Many young people have been transformed to the point of giving the rest of their lives to Christ
– Many have decided to go to Africa, Asia and other countries where they could be killed
– EXAMPLE – A couple left good paying jobs, a nice house, a Walmart close by, a nice car,
Air Conditioning, friends & family, everything. They left everything to go to Indonesia to a place
where there’s nothing but heat, rain, bugs, bad smells, no AC.
– Why did they go? Because they were transformed into someone else
– Someone who doesn’t care about himself anymore
– Someone who gave his heart to his savior and wants to serve Him
– Someone who will go to the ends of the Earth for Him
– Someone who is so thankful that any difficulty is nothing to him
Jesus said in John 8:34-36 – ‘Jesus responded, “I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever. Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.
Yes, if you read the Bible with an honest heart; with a hunger for Him; with a sincere desire to know Him, He will open the Heavens for you
2 Corinthians 3:17 ‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.’
– Yes, there is freedom when the Holy Spirit lives in your heart
Romans 6:20-22 – ‘For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness. So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification — and the end is eternal life!’
– See, all the Bible is doing is bringing you to Christ
– God gave us the Bible so we could be with Him
5 – THE BIBLE CONNECTS YOU TO THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE – GOD
When you honestly seek Him through His Word, He will reveal Himself in every chapter
YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT HIM
– The Bible is the path to God.
– They’re His words for you
– The Bible will tell you how to find Him
YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT YOUR CONDITION
– It will open your eyes and see what He sees in you
– And because He loves you, He will teach you how to get right with Him
– He will make you understand how and why Jesus died for you
– He will give you a soft heart so you can feel terrible for your sins
– And when you finally see your condition, He will give you faith to believe that He forgives those who repent and humble
themselves before Him
God gave us His Word so we learn how to reconcile and be with Him after we die
– He wants us to be with Him
– Jesus said John 14:2-3 – In my Father’s mansion there are many rooms.
I’m going to go and prepare a room for you so you can be with me”
– “so you can be with me”
– Here’s Jesus inviting us to His house – How sweet is this?