The Bible for Today
As Seventh-day Adventist
Christians we believe that God reveals Himself to us in this fallen
world. Among all the various ways He has done so, the Bible is, we
believe, the greatest expression of that revelation available today-the
final and ultimate standard of truth for a fallen world.
The Bible does, indeed, make claims about
itself that very few books ever do. Even more so, it comes with a
massive amount of evidence to back up those claims. It is
self-authenticating; its proof comes built right in.
It's not just the incredible prophecies,
however impressive; it's not just its historical accuracy, however
authenticating; it's not just the revelation of God as revealed in its
pages, however powerful. Though all these have their role in showing
that the Bible is the Word of God, perhaps the greatest evidence for
the Bible is the influence and impact for good it has had and still
continues to have on the lives of those who apply its teaching to
themselves. Despite all the evidence of prophecy, history, and so
forth, in some ways the most powerful proof is found in the Bible's
amazing ability to bring hope, joy, and promise to people thousands of
years after it was first written. For many centuries now, people all
over the world have found in the Bible the answers to their deepest
needs. And why not? After all, it's the greatest revelation of the only
One who can meet those needs-our Creator and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
With such claims made for the Bible, it's no
wonder that people have challenged its authenticity and reliability. Is
it truly the Word of God? Does the Creator of the universe really speak
through its pages? How reliable are the texts? What scientific
evidence, if any, backs up its claims? What does archaeology say
regarding the Bible? And even if we believed that the Book is inspired,
is it applicable to us who live in the twenty-first century? And if it
is, how and why?
These, and more, are some of the questions our
Bible study guide for this quarter will address. We just as easily
could have titled it "Why I believe in the Bible," for in it the
authors show why they do trust the Bible and have made it the spiritual
and moral guide of their lives.
Even more important, during this quarter we
seek to show just how relevant the Bible remains for us today-pretty
impressive for a book whose latest sections were written about
seventeen hundred years before doctors finally discovered that it might
be a good idea to wash their hands before surgery. Again, it's in this,
the Bible's power to change our lives for good, that we find some of
the greatest proof of its relevancy and importance.
Jonathan Kuntaraf, also known as Oey Giok Kun,
is a native of Indonesia. At the time of this writing he was associate
director of the Sabbath School/Personal Ministries Department at the
General Conference. He and his wife, Dr. Kathleen Liwidjaja (an
associate in the Health and Temperance Department at the General
Conference), have two grown children.
(all lessons may not be posted)
School Study Helps
Jerry Giardina of
Pecos, Texas, assisted by his wife, Cheryl, prepares a series of helps
to accompany the Sabbath School lesson. He includes all related
scripture and most EGW quotations. Jerry has chosen the "New King James
Version" of the scriptures this quarter. It is used with permission.
The study helps are provided in three wordprocessing versions
RTF for our
MAC friends (this is now a zip file); and HTML
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