It has estimated annual sales of 100 million copies per year. You can get a Bible in many places (e.g., churches, bookstores, online) and, if you don't have one already, you can get a free copy to download for your phone.
There are many possible reasons why you have decided to do this course. Maybe you have always hears of the Bible but didn't know what it is about. Maybe you have been going to church your whole life, but wanted to know more about the text that is so often refered to. Maybe your parents were very religious and you want to get a better idea if what they saw in this ancient writing. You might have taken this course to seek some spiritual answers or to better equip yourself for certain life situations. Whatever the reason, this course will help you take some steps forward in understanding and interpreting a book that has influenced billions of peoples lives throughout history.
By completing this course, your Bible reading should be:
The Bible is a collection of texts sacred in Judaism and Christianity. The word Bible comes from the Koine Greek word ‘ta biblia’, which literally means "the books" and from it is derived our English word “Bible”. Thought the word “Bible” is not used in Scripture, the Greek word ‘ta biblia’ is often used. This collection of writings comes from many different authors who wrote at different times, and in different locations. Jews and Christians consider the books of the Bible to be a product of divine inspiration (from God) and a record of the relationship between God and humans.
|What does ‘Divine inspiration’ mean?|
|The term ‘Divine inspiration’ refers to the Christian belief that the Bible was not just a set of thoughts from human authors, but that they were somehow influenced by God. There are a number of passages that refer to this concept (e.g., 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Mark 7:13). Exactly how God inspired the Bible is unclear, but there is evidence for both a human element (style, language, personal remarks) and a divine element (consistency, prophecy, accuracy, intrinsic self-authentication). Because of Gods role in producing the principles of the Bible, Christians use it as a means of communication from God about life and doctrine (teaching).|
With total sales of over 5 billion copies, the Bible is the bestselling book of all time. It has estimated annual sales of 100 million copies per year. You can get a Bible in many places (e.g., churches, bookstores, online) and, if you don't have one already, you can get a free copy to download for your phone.
Free Bibles for your mobile device
If you look up "free bible" in your mobile device app store, you will find one or more free bible options like the following:
If you have a laptop/desktop, there are some nice options for download:
There are hundreds of practical and spiritual reasons to read the Bible. While everyone may have a different personal reason, below are some of the common ones: