What Exactly Is The Bible?

We continue our Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) campaign here on GUWG.

Last week, we kicked things off with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. We then went through a slew of ways to get more Bible into your .

Next we’ll address a seemingly basic question: What exactly is the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of 66 books written over a 1,600-year period by 40 authors in 3 languages on 3 continents depicting nearly 3,000 characters in more than 1,500 locations through which God chose to reveal Himself via a variety of prose, poetry and prophecy.

Why on earth would any sane, normal, modern person spend any time with a book like that? As we discussed last week, here’s what the Bible itself says:

Christianity Ain’t a Religion

We continue our Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) Campaign here on GUWG.

Last week, we kicked things off with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. Then we delved into how to get more Bibleishness into our lives. Next, we boiled the Bible down to one noun: JESUS. Then one verb: LOVE. And then the job description for every Christian: BELIEVE. And yesterday we discussed the only thing that matters, according to the Bible: FAITH EXPRESSING ITSELF IN LOVE.

Today, we’ll focus on another big-picture word: RELATIONSHIP.

At its , Christianity isn’t a religion. It’s a relationship. We can actually know God.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean following a bunch of rules and regulations. It means being part of the most loving family in the history of the universe. The Bible says:

The Bible In One Verb

It’s Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) Week here on GUWG.

We started with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. Then we dove into how to get more Bibleishness into your life. Yesterday, we started looking at the BIG picture of the Bible by boiling it down to one noun: JESUS.

Today, we boil it down to one verb. Here it is:

The Bible’s BIG Picture

It’s Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) Week here on GUWG.

Today we start looking at how to read the Bible. When reading God’s communication to us, it’s absolutely critical to keep the BIG PICTURE in mind.

First, it helps to know the basic plot …

Take the Time to Take The Time Test

Yesterday here on GUWG, we shared some frightening statistics and then officially declared this STAMP OUT BIBLE ILLITERACY GENTLY (SOBIG) WEEK.

To help us all assess our level of Bible literacy, we provided this handy little quiz. As promised, here is the official answer key.

Now it’s time for another test. But first, here’s today’s Bible dose for your consideration:

Read the Bible. All of it. Now. Seriously. Please.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:17)

The Bible is the really very most incredibly amazingly astoundingly awesome communication in the history of the universe.

Just think about it. The Creator of the Universe breathed out his thoughts for all us mere earthlings to behold.

And what do we do with it?

Tragically, shockingly, disturbingly, ridiculously we mostly ignore it.

Top 10 Countdown: #9

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, as determined by researchers with very large brains who analyze how often each verse is referenced.

Here’s VERSE #9. Memorize it. Meditate on it. Marinate in it.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

What a picture: The Bible captures the very breath of God.