The Bible: The Big Picture

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The Bible, consisting of 66 books, divided into two Testaments (Old and New) is the Word of God. In Peter’s second letter he writes, “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (). Over a time period of around 1,500 years by about forty different authors on three different continents (Asia, Europe and Africa), in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek) the Word of God was written. However, the ultimate source of the Bible is God. Unlike any other document in this world, the Scriptures originate with God, thus making them His Word. This is why Scripture is authoritative, relevant and sufficient. Continue reading The Bible: The Big Picture

21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

FACTS ON FAITH: SURVEY STATS

Clergy and theologians — people invested in the significance of doctrine — may be dismayed by the newest Pew findings but they can hardly be surprised. An array of surveys in the last two years have detailed the swirling, unbounded paths of believers. The data show:

• Between 47% and 59% of Americans have changed religions at least once, according to a Pew survey released in April. Top reasons for most: Their spiritual needs weren’t being met or they liked another faith more or changed their religious or moral beliefs.

• The percentage of people who call themselves some type of Christian has dropped more than11% in a generation, and so many people declined to label themselves with any religion that the so-called “Nones,” now 15%, are the nation’s third largest “religious” category after Catholics and Baptists, according to the latest American Religious Identification Survey released in March 2009.

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