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Introduction to the Christian Bible

King James The first, the son of Catholic Mary and the nephew of Queen Elizabeth the First, was a King of England. He saw the controversies that the many different Bibles of his era caused among the people.

The Meaning of Bible according to Christians:

Christians all over the world believe in the common truth that the Bible is God’s revelation to man. The Bible in reality has one author, God himself, one plan and one purpose-the redemption of mankind.  Although the Bible was written by many authors, Christians strongly believe that God was in complete charge of what was written.

The Christian Bible is one holy book that you will find almost anywhere in the world and is also the only all time highest selling books in the world.

Origin of the Christian Bible:

The Bible is known to be one of the world’s oldest books. While the oldest sections were written almost 1500 years ago, before the birth of Christ, the newest sections were written about 1900 years ago. Written over a period of about 1600 years, the Bible was estimated to be written by about forty authors. Those who wrote the Bible never claimed the source of ideas as their own. They always asserted that what they wrote was given by God.

Contents of the Bible:

The Christian Bible is divided into two main parts the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament consists of 39 books and the New Testament consists of 27 books. However one of the important attributes of the Bible, throughout the pages of scripture you will see harmony and consistency in the theme of salvation from sin.

King James wanted to formulate a Bible which was solely based upon the doctrines of the Catholic Church of England and which would be written with accordance to the Parameters laid by him. Thus the King James Version Christian Bible came into existence.

The King James Version Christian bible was translated from the Bishop’s Bible. It has no footnotes in the favour of any institution, individual or any political ideas.

The Bible contains records of historical events, prayers and praises to God, sermons, prophecies and personal letters. The Bible records the beginning of human race and how sin entered the world and Jesus Christ, the central feature of God’s plan.

Reading and Listening to the Bible In 2011 with MP3 Downloads

One thing that generally comes with the New Year is a commitment to read through the Bible. Where is the best place to start? Old Testament? New Testament? What is the best translation? Can I do it? What are some things that will keep me accountable? Of what importance are all the genealogies? How do I stay motivated? Why can I never make it all the way to the end? Why do I get distracted with other things? All of these questions and a few others have been asked of me over the years.

Where to start? The easy way to do it is to start with Genesis and don’t stop until you get to Revelation. A good general rule of thumb to remember is that reading through four chapters a day will get you from beginning to end in a year’s time. Obviously by doubling to eight, you can make it through in six months or by reading sixteen chapters a day you can make it in a quarter.

Another way to add a twist to it is to take the Psalms and read five of them a day although when you get to Psalm 119 you will have to allocate a bit more time. Additionally read one chapter of the Proverbs every day. When the end of the year comes you will have read through the Bible completely once and have covered the Psalms five times and the Proverbs twelve times. Obviously with this pattern you will omit the reading of the Psalms and Proverbs when you come to them in a sequential manner.

Another plan to use actually helps you to read through the New Testament thirty-one times in a three year period. To get the idea for using this pattern, begin with Philippians which is a short book consisting of four chapters or 1st John which is five chapters. Read the epistle you have chosen every day for the month of January and then move on to another epistle in February. When you come to the larger books like the Gospels, Romans, and Hebrews break them up into seven or eight chapter increments and read them as you did with the shorter epistles. I can vouch for this method working as I have used it at various times in the past and you will find a great increase in the ability to cross-reference Scripture. Furthermore, you will find an ability to loosely memorize what you are reading. When I say loosely memorize; it may be that you won’t quote it exactly but you have a good head of steam in doing so.

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