The Bible

  1. Although people may agree that the Bible is a divinely inspires and/or essential religious text, not everyone will arrive at the same conclusions about its teachings.
  2. When Adam and Eve disobeyed, they distanced themselves (and humankind) from their creator. However, God promised to do something to remedy the problem.
  3. Although God performed miracle after miracle to transport the Israelites safely from Egypt to the Promised Land, the people seldom stopped complaining and rebelling. Consequently, they spent 40 additional years in the wilderness, dying off and being replaced by a more faithful generation.
  4. Elijah and Elisha were primary spokesmen for God during this era of spiritual darkness. God's power became evident through their numerous miracles.
  5. The account of Job shows that God is aware of the suffering of his people, even when he doesn't stop in and stop it. However, God always rewards perseverance and spiritual patience.
  6. The word gospel means "good tidings" or "good news." Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known as synoptic gospels (from a Greek word meaning seeing together) because of their similarity in language and content. The Book of John is quite different from the other three and provides much addition insight into Jesus' life.
  7. The 400 years between the Old and New Testaments were a somewhat turbulent time for the Jewish people, leading up to their conquest by the Roman Empire.
  8. Although the recipients of Jesus' healing were usually quick to believe in him, many casual observers remained skeptical.
  9. Much of what Jesus taught was in parable form, with a hidden meaning only those with some degree of spiritual enlightenment could understand.
  10. In his last days Jesus made it clear to those close to him that they should expect trouble, but that their grief would turn to joy.
  11. After Jesus returned to heaven, his believers received ongoing guidance and comfort from the Holy Spirit.
  12. The Books of 1 and 2 Corinthians were letters to a church with major problems, yet they are filled with encouragement, hope, and optimism.
  13. Holiness entails "separation from sin," and is one of the characteristics of God. Believers remove themselves from previous sinful influences or practices and set themselves apart for (holy) service to God. In doing so, they become more like him.
  14. The Book of Revelation was originally written to motivate first-century churches to remain true to their faith.

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