About the bible

Bible

The Bible is the Holy Scripture of Christian faith. It is the only authoritative document that brings the Good News. It contains wisdom that has been developed by many generations of humans.

Jesus’s teachings were originally propagated orally and have been written down by several authors.

Jesus never wrote down a single word, nor did his original followers. It wasn’t until 40 years after his death that his teachings were first recorded on paper in the Gospel of Mark. – Stephen Mitchell (in his book Jesus, What He Really Said and Did)

Some of these texts were selected and collected into the Bible. Some other texts, although they are known, didn’t make it into the canon. Christians regard the Bible as their Holy Scripture and the single valid source and authoritative document that reflects these teachings. The different Christian confessions have slightly differing opinions about which books are part of the Bible or not 1, but these differences are minimal if you compare them to the whole Bible.

The Bible answers to the question about The meaning of life. It answers these questions using stories and images. A story is not a prescription saying “This and nothing else is the answer”. For example Luke 10:25-37.

The Bible is not a law book. While it contains ancient legal texts of the Jewish people, these texts are to be read as background information to help us to understand the Gospel (Good News).

Christians have been discussing for centuries about whether at all we need our own canonical Holy Scripture, and which texts should be part of it. Until today we don’t completely agree on that biblical canon.

The Bible is a powerful tool, but it is not fool-proof. You need to get training and learn how to use it. It is not a user manual to life. It is not a collection of ready-to-use solutions for your everyday life problems.

Footnotes

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To get an idea of the complexity, see e.g. Development of the Christian biblical canon