By Michael Quinton
OUR UNIQUE BIBLE
Is our Christian Bible unique from other religious books?
Statistically, it is the best-selling book of all time, the most widely distributed book, and the most opposed book in the world.
Gideons International has distributed 2 billion copies of the New Testament since 1899. The United Bible Society has distributed 160 million whole Bibles from 2010-2014.
The Bible was the first book published on the Guttenberg printing press.
But its uniqueness extends way beyond the distribution records.
- The Bible is unique in authorship. 40 writers from all walks of life (fishermen, prophets, kings, shepherds, servants) from different backgrounds, from different time periods, yet 2 Peter 1:21 states “For the prophecy did not come in the old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
- From cover-to-cover the Bible shares one common theme: God’s salvation of man.
- The Bible declares exclusivity in how to get to Heaven. All other religions require you to do works to attain Heaven; the Bible declares in Ephesians 2:8-9 that we are “For by grace (of God) are you saved through faith (not works) and that not of yourselves. It is a gift of God. Not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Jesus declared in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, the life, no one comes to God the Father, but by Me.”
- No other sacred book declares a religious leader arose from the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:4-8 “He was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve. After that, he was seen of above 500 brethren at once. After that he was seen of James, then of all the apostles, and last of all he was seen by me (Paul) also.”
- No other religious writings give assurance of eternal life after death. John 3:16 For God (the Father) so loved the world (you and I) that He sent His only begotten Son (Jesus) that whosoever (anyone) that believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
- The Bible promises in Psalm 1:2-3 Blessed is the man that delights in the law of the Lord, and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth his fruit and whatsoever he does shall prosper.”
Michael Quinton is Pastor of Mesquite Baptist Church, 742 W. Pioneer Blvd., Suite A.
Sunday worship is at 10:30. We can also be found on Facebook and our website: mesquitebaptistchurch.com
(All messages in the Church Directory are the opinion of the writer, who submits them as a columnist)