Bible reading: Hebrews 1:1,2.
No book has been a topic of conversation, controversy, respect and persecution as the Bible. Many have sacrificed up their life for its sake. Others have consecrated theirs to its service and its preservation. We will never find another book like the Bible, neither with a similar history. Enormous reformations have been fueled with the Bible, empires have fallen, and sadly false interpretations have been done on demand, yielding abuse, creating false theologies like the theology of liberation, feminist theology, capitalism, even marxism was rooted somehow with the Bible.
Why is this Book so particular ? Because of its content. Any other book might be about history, certain fiction character, many other topics, science, nature, etcetera. The Bible contains all those subjects. It talks about nature, science, history, we can even find fiction characters, like the parable of Lazarus. But above all, the Bible shows us the Revelation of the Only God-Man, Jesus.
It is not new to find people who doubts about God’s existence. That happened already before the flood. Not far away since the creation. Nevertheless, there never was a single moment where we couldn’t find true believers. There always have been people ready to witness about God. There always have been revelations from God. So, how did God reveal himself?
Let’s see what is the General Revelation. It is through history, the facts that we can read and study about, through how men behaved in the past, through the conscience, and, of course, through nature many see God’s revelation. That’s what we call General Revelation, because it is reachable by everybody. Constantly appeals to the conscience of people and their reason to discover God.
I invite you to read one classic, Psalm 19:1 “Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (NIV) When we go out to the countryside, we can observe certain phenomena, vegetation, landscapes, etcetera, which are weak echoes from garden of Eden. These good characteristics have survived the flood thanks to God’s mercy, to the passing of centuries, catastrophes, so we could see today in several corners of this planet, God’s wonderful works, reasons for worshiping God.
As Paul says in Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (NVI).
We also find God’s revelation in the family relationships. The Bible tells us so in Isaiah 66:13 “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” (NIV). Or, as it is written in Psalm 103:13 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” (NVI).
But, someone could say, that the same breeze can become an hurricane, and the same sun who makes the rainbow shine, creates deserts in other parts of the world, causing drought, hungriness and death. The same light rains which feed the creeks in those places that seem from another world, might become storms flooding valleys and villages, drowning cattle and people. Similarly happens with human relations. There are mistreated relatives, parricides, wars, and so on.
We realize that today we see one thing, tomorrow we might observe the opposite. This confirms us that we are living in the midst of a war. But this shows us as well that the evil doesn’t endure forever, and that after the storm, arrives the quietness. After great disasters, there will always blossom a new flower. God has always the latest word.
But this conflict has made the General Revelation insufficient. Because of the Great Controversy, the textbook given by God to Adam and Eve became insufficient. God had to create another Textbook, besides the first one.
And that other Manual came by what we call specific revelation. Sin limits the revelation that God makes of himself in all the previous means we have seen. Furthermore, sin has blinded our senses, darkened our mind impairing our perception. The simplest man who lived before the flood, had an intellectual capacity several times bigger than any scientists from nowadays. It is difficult for us to understand new things easily. That’s why God had to start a B plan. We have two witnesses, the Old and New Testament. It is there where God has been revealing Himself to us, clearing up all the doubts we have about his character.
The prophets registered the most important revelations received from God. The final and biggest revelation was God himself, becoming a human being, living among us.
According to Hebrews 1:1-2 within the Bible we find declarations of men who spoke about God, and oftenly with God, and we can find as well affirmations from God Himself: “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” (NVI).
According to John 17:3 “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” We emphatically need to know God through Jesus Christ. And it is only through the Bible how we can jump these barriers set by sin. That’s the only mean established by God to avoid these obstacles. Thanks to the Bible we know that what God wants the most is our salvation. He is wishes to see each one of us at safe.
Having a Bible at home is the result of a miracle. God is seeking us, and has given us the means to find Him. We have this gift from God. He cherishes to see his children reading His letter of love. We need to read the Bible, personally, not to find arguments for arguing, but to find eternal life. We need to be reminded once in awhile what the Bible really is. There are many scholars who read the Bible in a daily basis, but they have not found yet God in it. How do you read your Bible? Do you read it like a letter from someone in love with you? Because that’s what the Bible is.
The next topic will be, The main subject of the Bible and its origins.