Fyodor Dostoevsky: "Lord! What the scriptures, what a miracle and what force, the data in it man! ..
How many mysteries resolved and frank! I love the book, even! The death of the people without the Word of God … "
"The Brothers Karamazov"
The Bible — a book for all
"The Bible should not be taken seriously" — said one teacher institute during the lecture.
"Have you ever read the Bible?" — Asked him from the hall.
Teacher, caught off guard, I had to admit that he did not open the book. He realized that he can not speak so emphatically about the book, which is not a sign. The teacher decided to read the Bible in order to form an opinion about it.
The Bible — a book that should be read
The Bible, consisting of 66 pieces, is a collection of books, which may have had the greatest impact on human history. Indeed, under its influence, created masterpieces of world art, literature and music. She had a serious impact on jurisprudence. Bible praised for the literary style, and many men of science and art praised her.
The famous Russian literary critic Vissarion Belinsky said about it this way: "There is a book that says it all, it's all settled, after which nothing is no doubt, the book is immortal, holy, book of eternal truth, eternal life — the Gospel. All the progress of mankind, all the advances in science, in philosophy, are only in the greater penetration into the mysterious depths of the divine books "(" Favorites ", Vol 1, p 408).
Great poet of our land, AS Pushkin enjoy the following remarkable words: "There is a book in which every word interpreted, explained, preached to the ends of the earth, applied to all kinds of circumstances and incidents of life of the world … And this book is called the Gospel — and that is its beauty ever new, that if we are full of the world or depressed sadness, accidentally open it, it is no longer able to resist its sweet desire … The Bible is universal … That is the only book in the world: it's all there. "
For many centuries, the Bible changed the lives of people regardless of their social status. Many readers, it has prompted a surprising loyalty. Some even risked their lives for the sake of just reading it.
At the same time, there is skepticism about the book. There are people who on Holy Scripture formed a definite opinion, even though they have never read it. They are often, recognizing its literary and historical value, wonder if the book is relevant to the modern world, because it was written thousands of years ago? We live in the information age and progress. We have the latest information on current events and developments in science and technology. We can get expert advice on virtually all issues of modern life. Can the Bible contain the information really useful today?
To answer this question it is necessary to study the Scripture itself and make sure that it really is an unusual book!
The Bible — a living book
How many times it tried to destroy! How rebelled critics direct their efforts against this book. But she continues to live, and interest in it is growing. Lists of the most widely read books in the world, year after year, decade after decade, led by the Bible. Kings, queens, presidents — all swear on the Holy Word. But what is behind the apparent force the Bible?
Scripture is alive because it operates through the hearts of people the life-giving power of the Spirit of God — the divine author of the book: "All Scripture is God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16). Therefore the word of the Bible did not remain inactive, "My word be that goes forth from my mouth shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and that for which I sent it", — says the Lord. (Isaiah 55:11).
Professor and biologist, holding a small seed, told students: "The seed is thoroughly reviewed, clarified and the composition of its properties are well known to us. But if you play it is artificial, it will not give germs. Elements of its contents simply dissolve in the soil, and that's going to end. If we put it in the ground this seed, it does not dissolve as artificial, does not mix with the soil and will not disappear without a trace. It will sprout, stem and flower. The reason is the same: in this little seed there is not scientifically definable principle of life, which could be embedded in it only the Creator. "
The same is true of the Bible. Outwardly, it looks like any other book, but only one hidden in her inexplicably wonderful and powerful force in people's lives causing beneficial. No other literary work in the world, as it is true and it was not brilliantly written, nothing like it does. The Bible, wherever it fell everywhere brings life-giving force that can change, to transform human character, give strength weak, courage — the oppressed and hope — dying, makes drunken sober and loving father, a drug addict free from a terrible addiction.
Some say it's not. Nobody would argue that modern chemistry lessons need to use a textbook on chemistry, say, 1924 edition. At first glance, this is a good reason! Man, for instance, learned a lot about mental health and behavior of people with ever since the Bible was written. So how can it be useful in modern life such an ancient book?
It turns out that the Bible holds its permanent principles. Indeed, much has changed on the ground, but the basic conditions of life remain the same. Thus, at all times people are in need of love and affection. They wanted to be happy, driving full meaning of life. They needed advice for overcoming the economic difficulties, successful marriage and inculcate high moral values to their children. The Bible provides comprehensive advice to meet these basic needs.
Husbands and wives
Let's start with the fact that the Bible has a lot to tell their husbands and wives on how to treat each other. As for the men, for example, it says: "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it "(Ephesians 5:28-29). Wife is advised to "respect her husband" (Ephesians 5:33).
Biblical lasting advice to parents is clear — children should be brought up with love and be consistent. This advice is really powerful. "Train up a child in the way he should, he will not depart from it, and when sostareet" (Proverbs 22:6).
Children are advised how to relate to his parents: "Honor your father and your mother … May it be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth "(Ephesians 6:2-3).
Much more can be said in defense of the reliability of the Bible, it is a prophetic book, history book, a book of tips and instruction, a book containing the news now for all mankind and for you personally. In short — this is a book for our time!
If you have a Bible, open it now.
Perhaps you find it difficult to determine with what book to read should begin to better understand the Bible. The following tips will help make reading of the Holy Scriptures are not only useful, but also interesting to do.
Reading of the Holy Scriptures — an interesting exercise
How to Read the Bible
1. Bible reading takes time. It does not matter how much or how little of it in your possession. It is important to set aside time each day to read the Scriptures — in the morning, afternoon or evening, but preferably in the morning.
2. Read the Bible should be in silence. Give up everything that hinders careful, meaningful reading.
3. Which book should begin acquaintance with the Bible? It is best to start reading from the New Testament. Open the Gospel of Mark and Luke, and read the chapter by chapter, or part of a chapter.
Thinking out loud:
What other book …
— Has given rise to so many of the masterpieces of world art, literature and music, and also left its mark in Law?
— Awakened in people is unselfishness, they were willing to endure hardship and even risk their lives to translate it?
— Has been translated into more than 2,100 languages in the world, becoming available to more than 90% of humanity?
— Refers to the scientific truths that were discovered until many centuries later?
— Contains the permanent principles that help people of all races, ethnic groups and peoples to improve their lives?
— Open your future and the future of mankind?
The Bible was written for a specific purpose, "… for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness "(2 Timothy 3:16).
None of the words of God not refused: "There was not failed one word of all His good word, which he spake" (3 Kings 8:56).
We can have peace of mind and peace, studying the Bible, "… it — comfort in my affliction, that your word quickened me. " (Psalm 118:50).
Exhausted life harsh,
More than once I found myself
In verbs of the Eternal Word
A source of peace and strength.
How to breathe their sacred sounds
Divine feeling of love,
And the hearts of anxiety flour
How soon will humble them! ..
Everything's wonderful, concise picture
Presented by the Holy Spirit:
And the world that exists today,
And God, to manage it.
And the things in the world of values,
The reason and purpose, and the end,
And the eternal Son of birth,
And the cross and crown of thorns.
How sweet it is to read these lines,
Reading, praying in silence,
And weep, and to draw lessons
Of them for the mind and soul!
The Bible — the book of consolation
The content of this remarkable book is accessible and understandable to representatives of all sectors of society.
Small child Bible says, "such is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:14).
The young people in the prime of life she so wise exhortation:
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of your youth" (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
And in old age, it brings joy to the words of encouragement:
"And to your old age I am he, and to hoar hairs will I'll wear you, even I will carry, and will deliver you" (Isaiah 46:4).
Charged bustle of life, she advises:
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares (cares) for you" (1 Peter 5:7).
People are tired, frustrated life, it calls for:
"Come to me … and I will give you rest "(Matthew 11:28).
The Bible — a book that you can trust
Isaac Newton — the famous English scientist — said: "In the Bible, I see a lot more signs of confidence than in any whatsoever labor of secular history."
So, whether you can trust this book, the Bible? Does it tells about real people, places, existed in reality, and the events in real life? If so, then there must be proof that it was written in careful, honest people. Such evidence does exist. Many of them were found during the excavations, and even more are contained in the book itself.
Up until the XIX century, in addition to the biblical narrative, little was known about the ancient times. It seemed that history forever hidden behind a mystery of Egyptian hieroglyphics — strange drawings, inscriptions, since neither in Egypt nor in the whole world there was no man who could decipher them.
In 1798, Napoleon made a military expedition to Egypt. Went there with 38-thousand army, the French commander had brought about a hundred artists, linguists and scientists to those helped him better understand the history of this mysterious country. Everywhere were traces of the past — strange inscriptions that adorned the walls of temples and monuments. Napoleon and his researchers wondered what the secret message could carry these images.
A year later, in 1799, was one of the most important archaeological discoveries. One of Napoleon's soldiers discovered a strange black stone, a little over a meter high and half a meter wide, which was subsequently allowed to unravel the secret characters and discover the secrets hidden for centuries. This stone, known as Rosetta, is now in the British Museum in London. On this stone slab discovered near the town of Rosetta in the Nile Delta, was inscribed ancient decree in three different languages: ancient Egyptian, Egyptian and Greek spoken. Scientists effortlessly read the inscription in Greek, but there were difficulties with the characters. Only in 1822, a brilliant French scientist — Egyptologist Jean Francois Champollion was able to decipher the hieroglyphs Rosetta Stone. It found that all three labels — are identical. Then the scientists of the world have opened enormous wealth of ancient Egyptian history. They noted that the ancient inscriptions on the stones show the world that the Bible tells the truth!
The Bible — a book that you can trust
The fact that historians have questioned the existence of the written language of the Jews in the time of Moses, the author of the first five books of the Bible. Up until the XIX century there was no evidence for the Hebrew alphabet. However, signs Ebla and other archaeological finds date back to earlier periods of history, rather than the life of Moses. Archaeologists discovered entire libraries, made centuries before Moses. Ebla tablets contain the stories of creation, the flood, they mention the names and places known to all students of the Bible, Abraham, Esau, Israel, Sinai, as well as two "sinful city" — Sodom and Gomorrah.
Archaeological discoveries, particularly in Ebla, confirm the accuracy of the Bible. David wrote, "Thy word is truth" (Psalm 118:160).
The Bible — a practical guide to modern life
Books that give advice, are very popular in today's world. But they are usually out of date, like the Catherine Palace, and soon revised or replaced. What about the Bible? Writing it was over 2,000 years ago. However, in its original text had not brought any improvement or the more recent data. How could such a book contains practical guidance for our day?
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