Opening THE Book 1 with Rev John
19th November 2018
as published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine
Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church
When I hold a Bible in my hand, I know that I’m holding the most precious thing in the world. In school we learn all sorts of facts about the way things work and skills to help us to live in today’s world. But when it comes to the most important questions in life, we’re flummoxed
Why am I here?
What’s the purpose of life?
Why is there evil in the world?
Is there a God?
Is there life after death?
Why do innocent people so often suffer?
Is there right and wrong?
The Bible is not like any other book because it gives us the answer to these and many other questions about the meaning and purpose of life. But many people are daunted by the Bible. It’s a big book. It has stories from hundreds of years ago when the world was a very different place. Hasn’t science proved that the Bible isn’t true? And, if I read the Bible, do I start at the beginning? (If you try doing that, you’ll soon find yourself very bogged down!)
Over coming months, we’ll be looking at the Bible and discovering what it says about our world and our place in it. We’ll see what the Bible teaches us about right and wrong. We’ll see what the Bible teaches us about God and Jesus. And, most important, we’ll see what the Bible teaches us about the true purpose of life and how we can find this for ourselves
“But” you may be asking “how can we know that we can trust what the Bible says? Lots of people and other religions claim to know the answers to these questions”. Well, the Bible says of itself that every part of it has been breathed into (inspired) by God himself, that when we read the Bible it is God himself talking to us through the people who wrote its pages. I hope you might give it a try – and then, like me, discover that it’s the most true and trustworthy book in the world – more true and trustworthy than anything or anyone else in the world
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