You will learn following topics in this lesson:
– God is Sovereign
– God is Omnipotent
– God is Omniscient
– God is Omnipresent
– God is Eternal
– God is Love
– God is Holy
– God is Pure
– God is a Spirit
– What is the Bible?
– The Bible is a Unique Book
These and many other topics of similar nature will be dealt with in this lesson.
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How can we know God? Man commonly asked questions like this. God, the author of the Bible has recorded in the Bible enough information about Himself that we can know Him well. Therefore, we shall now steady about God from the Bible.
There is only one God and no one has any excuse for denying the existence of God. The first statement of the Bible clearly says,
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
This statement can be easily proven by simply looking around! And since we clearly see that creation has taken place the Bible says there is no excuse for doubting the existence of its create tour, because, as the Bible says, “The heavens declare His handiwork.” The invisible things of Him [God] from the creation of the world are clearly seen. Period.”
Creation points to the existence of God. God is the creator who created all things out of nothing.
Now, we will study and understand that God is sovereign, omniscient, and omnipresent. What do these words mean?
God is sovereign means he has all authority over all things. He is the Lord of lords he. He is the master and owner of the universe. God declares” I am the Lord, and it is none else, there is no god beside me”. He is Lord over all angels Spirit beings and human beings, and animals and everything in the world.
God is omnipotent means He is the most powerful. No one can fight against Him. No one can rebel against Him and win. He alone has the authority to judge. Everyone must be judged by Him after their death. He has all power.
God is omniscient means He knows all things. He knows about everything. He sees the thoughts of the heart. He knows those thoughts beforehand. No one can deceive him or trick him. He is all-knowing. He knows everything that happened in the past and he knows everything that will happen in the future. He knows the thoughts and actions of every person who has ever lived on the earth. God never had to search for truth or enlightenment or knowledge because He has always known all things.
God is omnipresent means He is present everywhere. As it is written in the Bible, “Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? Saith the LORD.”
And no one can hide from his presence. He sees in the darkness just as well as in the like. He is in all places. He is in the depths of the sea. He is in the Heights of heaven.
Though God is present everywhere, it is important to realize this does not mean that God is in everything. A rock does not contain God. God is not in a tree, or an elephant, or an idol or a river. God is much greater than all these things, because He is the Creator of these things.
God is eternal. Eternal means without end. God exists from eternity past. He has no beginning. He is from everlasting to everlasting. He existed before the creation of space and matter. He has always bee, He presently is, and He always will be. No one and nothing existed before Him. He has no beginning and no end. God is eternal. Since He existed before the creation of all things, He does not depend upon anything for His existence. Unlike man, He has no need of food, dwelling place, or clothes. He does not need animal sacrifices, grain, fruits, or any food substance in order to live. He exists with out any of these things because he existed before any of them were created. He is not liable to sickness or death.
God is love. The Bible says, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; For God is love.” God’s love is different from human love. Men promise, but men’s promises fail. Man’s thoughts and statements alter at a later time. Human love is not perfect, not full. Often people pretend to love when their real motive is actually selfishness. There are many examples in human society where people have been betrayed after a show of love. Human love has many defects. But God’s love is perfect. His love has no defects. Those who abide in his love have true joy and happiness. In His love there is life. There is the fullness of joy, victory and full satisfaction in His love. We shall learn more fully about His great love in the lessons to come.
God is holy. Holy means” separate”. God is set apart and separate from all that is sinful. He can never sin. He is totally separate from sin. He is perfect. Since the beginning of time, no one else and nothing else has been perfectly holy. But the true, living God is perfect and holy in every way at all times.
In other religions the gods lie, steal, cheat, commit adultery, covet, and make mistakes. The true God does not do these things because He is perfectly pure and holy.
God never makes mistakes. He never does anything wrong. Everything that God does is right and true and just and righteous and perfect.
There is no imperfection in God. He is totally pure. He never committed adultery, or had an impure thought, or lied, or coveted, or stole, or did any impure work. No man and no other god can claim to be totally completely pure. But the true God is absolutely pure.
God is a spirit. Therefore we cannot see God. However it is foolish to say that because we cannot see God, therefore there is no God. We cannot see the wind, but we see the effects of the wind. We would be foolish to say there must be no wind because I cannot see the wind. We cannot see God. But there are more than 10 million trillion evidences that God exists. If you see the prince of a deer in the mud near a riverbank, you can know a deer came there. Even though you did not see the deer, you saw evidences of the deer and therefore you can’t say that deer was there. Everywhere we look in the world, we see evidences of God. Every tree every living creature, every flower is evidence of God’s design and creation. And millions of people a cup’s lives have been changed after they believed in an began following the true and living God. Therefore, we can’t say with certainty that God exists. As we’ve realize what God is like, we see that he is completely different from all other gods in the world. The Bible says God is the” Prince of peace” and that there ate that peace is only obtained when man has a right relationship with the two God. No other god loves mankind. The true God loves people very much. No other God has the wonderful characteristics of this God……… No other God is perfect. Therefore, we should pay very close attention to the things that this God wants to teach us through His book, the Bible.
Where did it come from and who wrote it? These are important questions because, if the Bible is true, then one would be a fool not to believe it. On the other hand, if the Bible is not true and factual, then why do we need to learn about it?
The Bible is the most famous book in the world. Throughout history, since the invention of the printing press, more Bibles have been printed and sold every year than any other book in the world. The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book in the world. It has changed lives and nations and has affected people more than any book ever written. It is very powerful because it is God’s word, not just the word of mere people.
There is more manuscript support for the New Testament of the Bible than for any other ancient book. The New Testament portion of the Bible was originally written in the Greek language and soon after was translated into Latin. Today, over 5000 Greek, 8000 Latin, and many more manuscripts in other languages exist from ancient times.
These prove that we have in God’s word today as it was originally written. It has not been corrupted down through the ages.
The word “Bible” is from the Greek word Biblos, which means “book”. The Bible is, in fact, made up of 66 books. It is divided into two main sections:
While the Old Testament is the foundation of the New Testament, the New Testament reveals the Old Testament.
The Old Testament (O.T.) describes the beginning of creation, the ancient history of man, the origin of languages and races, etc. The Old Testament presents– in the form of historical narratives and prophetical types – the reasons behind the necessity of the birth of Jesus Christ. And it contains clear prophecies concerning the first and second comings of Jesus Christ.
The New Testament shows how the Old Testament prophecies concerning the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Christ have been literally fulfilled in history. It portrays the super natural and sinless life of Jesus Christ and bears witness to the amazing miracles that He did. The cornerstone of the New Testament is the sacrificial, atoning death of Christ and His resurrection. The N.T. contains eye – witness narratives of the astounding historical events of the resurrection of Christ and his bodily ascension into heaven. Besides, the New Testament tells us how the Disciples of Christ did miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit and how their preaching spread throughout the Middle – East and Europe. The New Testament also contains profound and practical teachings for living. It also contains many prophecies concerning the events and character of days to come. Both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are equally important and factually true.
The Bible is not an ordinary book, written by ordinary men. It is God’s book and was inspired by God. Containing God’s words, it has been proven over and over to be true and accurate.
How the Bible was written is important to understand. The Bible was written over a period of 1600 years by about 40 different writers. The writers lived at different times, in different places, and were of different personalities. Among the writers somewhere princes and somewhere Kings; somewhere prime ministers and some we’re learned man; somewhere fisherman and somewhere shepherds; somewhere government officials; some work priests and one was a doctor. Thus, the Bible was written by men from various backgrounds; having contrasting personalities. Some were rich, some were poor; they lived in different periods of history.
Under such conditions, we would naturally expect the thoughts and writings of the 40 writers to differ from one another. We would think it would be totally impossible that their writings should ever completely agree into one unified book. But the contents of the Bible are all in harmony or agreement. This proves that the Bible has but one author. How is this possible? It is possible for this very reason, that the 40 men themselves did not author the Bible. This means, the contents of the Bible did not come from men’s own minds and hearts. Instead, they wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. What ever God moved them to write, they wrote. Therefore, the Author of the Bible is not man, but God.
Let us think how this could be possible. The Bible declares, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Each of the books of the Bible were given by inspiration of God. God is the author of the Bible. This explains how the books of the Bible, though having different writers, are in perfect agreement with each other. God is the actual author of the Bible. That is why the Bible says, “For the prophecy (the Bible) came not in old-time by the will of man: But holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” There are many examples of God using men to write His word:
King David, the writer of a large portion of the Bible, said, “The spirit of the Lord spake by me, and His word was in my tongue.” A prophet named Jeremiah wrote the “book” of Jeremiah found in the Bible. God told him, “Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth”. There are 3,800 references in the Old Testament alone that tell us that the Bible is God’s word. One man named Paul was used by God to write several “books” of the Bible. Paul wrote to a church and said, “When ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the word of God.” Again, the apostle Paul wrote to a church in a city called Corinth and said, “…. we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth.”
The Bible says in another place, “Knowing this first, that no….. scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy (Bible) came not in old time by the will of man but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” This clearly shows that the writings in the Bible are from God, not man.
No other book has ever been put together like the Bible.
No other book came humanly be put together
Like the Bible. No other book can rightfully claim to be
The word of God.
The construction of the Bible makes it a truly unique book.
The Bible contains many accounts of ancient history. All of the historical accounts in the Bible are true and accurate. All of the people mentioned in the Bible actually lived at one time. It contains no myths or fables.
The first verse of the first chapter of the first book in the Bible makes a simple yet profound statement:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Later versus tell us, “The heavens declare His handiwork.”
“….the invisible things of Him (God) from the creation of the world are clearly seen….”
Creation reveals there is a God, but not what He is like, why we are here, or what happens when this life is over. So it would stand to reason that our Creator would not leave His creation without any hope of answering these questions. That is why He provided us with an “Owners manual” on life, a very unique book known as the Bible.
It is gods gift to his creation, and was… “…written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
Our Creator has provided within the Bible everything we need to know about spiritual matters while we are on this earth. It is a book that has been read by more people, has been published in more languages, and has affected the world more than all the other books ever written combined. No wonder it is the bestseller of all time. More than 7 billion copies have been printed since the invention of the printing press.
In the lessons to come, this course will give you an understanding of the only book God has written. You will also learn about Jesus Christ and all that he has done for you. You will learn how to have a real peace and how to receive salvation.
There are many reasons why the Bible is unique. Among them is the Bible’s influence. No other book has influenced mankind the way the Bible has. The Bible’s influence can be seen throughout many aspects
The ‘seven day week’ of our modern day calendar is based on the Bible. God completed his creation in six days and rested on the seventh day.
Saturday is a holiday. Long ago, God commanded the seventh day, Saturday, as a day of rest.
The commandments that prohibit murder, adultery, stealing, lying, and coveting were first mentioned in the Bible. Every society and religion has received these commandments as important moral laws.
The Christian era is used all over the world. This era is based on the birth of Jesus Christ. For example, they year 2004 shows that it has been approximately 2004 years since Jesus birth.
Throughout history the Bible has influenced the lives of many, many countries and societies. Most countries have a basic moral laws based on the 10 commandments of the Bible.
Here are some quotes by famous people who were influenced by the Bible:
“It is impossible to brightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” (George Washington, first president of the USA)
“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man.” (Abraham Lincoln)
“If a man is not familiar with the BIBLE, he has suffered a loss which he had better make all possible haste to correct. A thorough knowledge of the BIBLE is worth more than a college education.” (Theodore Roosevelt, President of the USA)
“ The BIBLE is no mere book, but a living creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it. (Napoleon world conqueror)
This is just a small sample of the total amount of quotes too numerous to mention!
Noah Webster (write of Webster’s Dictionary, one of the most famous dictionaries in the world) said, “Education is useless without the BIBLE. God’s word, contained in the BIBLE, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct.”
Rober Charles Winthrop (1809 – 1894), and American legislator, also knew the Bible’s importance when he said:
“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them, or a power without them, either by the word of God, or the strong arm of man: either by the BIBLE or by the bayonet (force, such as a knife or gun).”
A free society will only function correctly if its people practice self-control and morraly restrain themselves. The source of all moral principles is the BIBLE. Horace Greeley said:
That is why the BIBLE says:
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.”
The Greek writer, Porphyry, tried to destroy the credibility of the BIBLE back in 304A.D. In the process he wrote fifteen books against the BIBLE and Christianity in general. Did he succeed? Absolutely not. Instead, Porphyry and all of his books have been forgotten, but the BIBLE still stands.
Porphyry is just one of the many people who, throughout history, have tried to ban, burn, destroy, outlaw, restrict, ridicule or discredit the BIBLE.
But the BIBLE says,
“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”
In A.D. 303 the Roman Emperor Dicletian issued an edict to stop Christians from worshipping and to destroy their scriptures (the BIBLE). Twenty-five years later his successor, Constantine, issued another edict ordering 50 Bibles to be published at government expense. Too bad Diocletian didn’t realize the promise from the BIBLE….
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
Atheist Rober Ingersoll once boasted: “Within 15 years I’ll have the BIBLE buried in a grave.”
Well, within 15 years Robert Ingersoll was buried in a grave, but the BIBLE lives on!
In the 1700’s the atheist French writer Voltaire said, “Within 100 years, the BIBLE and Christianity will be swept out of existence, and pass into history.” Well, within 50 years, Voltaire was swept out of existence and passed into history, but the Geneva Bible Society used Voltaire’s house and printing press to print and distribute thousands of BIBLES.
This ironic twist of events should not have surprised anyone, because God had promised that….”Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
The BIBLE has a unique ability to simply keep remaining around, while at the same time other books just don’t have the staying power. For example:
A man named Herodotus wrote his Greek history in 425 B. C. and 1,500 years later there was only one copy left.
The same year that Voltaire said, “50 years from now, the world will hear no more of the BIBLE, “The British Museum $500,000 for an old manuscript of the BIBLE, while at the same time in Paris, one of Voltaire’s books sold for eight cents.
Neither of these authors could make their writings survive the test of time. However, God has always kept His Book, the BIBLE, flourishing more and more with time. And this is not a strange thing, since GOD INSPIRED King David to write…..
“…..Thou has magnified thy word above all thy name.”
Down through the centuries many attacks against the BIBLE have come through bitter persecution along with outright attempts to destroy it….
Christian martyrs in the 15th century were burned at the stake with a BIBLE tied around their necks.
William Tyndale was burned at the stake in 1536 because he translated the BIBLE from the Greek language into English. A few years earlier, the authorities had paid a large sum of money to a German man to have Tyndale’s Bibles confiscated and burned. What the authorities didn’t know was that the German was a friend of Tyndale’s and he used the money to help Tyndale further his efforts to print more Bibles.
Many attacks against the BIBLE have come from scoffers. But there have been some, who after examining the facts have changed their opinion. Here are two examples:
General Lew Wallace was a Territorial Governor following the days of the U.S. Civil War. He had been a Senator at the age of 29 and was considered a very intelligent and educated man. He has no confidence in Christianity or the BIBLE, so he decided to write a skeptical book to disprove both. However, as he studied the BIBLE, he found both the BIBLE and Jesus Christ to be true, and himself became a devout Christian. General Wallace never wrote his book against the BIBLE, instead, he wrote the world famous Christian novel, Ben Hur. In this book Jesus Christ’s power and glory are shown.
William Ramsey, the English scholar, went to Asia with the purpose of proving the BIBLE was historically inaccurate. As he painstakingly poured over the ancient artifacts and details, to his amazement he found that the BIBLE was accurate down to the tiniest detail. The evidence was so convincing that Sir Ramsey himself became a Christian and a great Biblical scholar.
True history, science, and archaeology will always line up with the BIBLE. Not a single scientific fact or discovery has ever disproven a Biblical statement. In fact, the advances of science, history and archaeology have repeatedly confirmed the accuracy of the BIBLE.
Moreover, God foretold many scientific facts in the BIBLE long before man discovered them. For example, the BIBLE teaches the following:
The Bible clearly shows that the earth hangs in space on nothing. (However, for many years scientists and philosophers had mistakenly