WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

The bible is one story with one predominant theme, “The Redemption of Mankind through one divinely appointed Savior.”

The word “bible” is from the Greek word “biblia” meaning “books.” The bible is a collection of 66 books [39 Old Testament, 27 New Testament] that are recognized and used by the Christian Church, as inspired and recorded by God’s revelation of himself and of his will to mankind. It is a library of inspired books selected by the early Church Fathers who found them sacred, authoritative, prophetic and dynamic.
They prayer-fully scrutinized them; and Canon of scripture (i.e. Bible books) passed the test of inspiration, and was collected and bound into one book to be read and used.

Scripture” as used in 2 Timothy 3: 16 refers to the authoritative writings of both the Old and the New Testament (the bible). The bible is not just an ordinary book such as magazines or other publications we read each day. It is neither a collection of myths, stories, or mere human ideas about God. The bible is not man’s book but God’s book.