Speaking of the Bible

To the Journal editor:

Recently several “Letters to the Editor” have had a controversy over whether the Bible is a storybook or a factual book. Actually, it’s both.

Jesus sometimes told stories to teach a Biblical truth. Often Jesus specified when He was telling a story, a parable. For example, in Matthew 21:33, Jesus said, “Hear another parable …” After telling the parable, Jesus described God’s truths as exemplified in the parable.

The Bible is a collection of books written by authors chosen by God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” II Timothy 3:16

As we know, there are many styles of writing and many kinds of books. In the Old Testament books (first section of the Bible written before Christ was born), there are are many history books, such as Genesis and Exodus (written by Moses) and Chronicles and Samuel.

There are autobiographies by Jonah and Joshua. There are biographies about Esther and Ruth.

There are prose and poetry, as in the book of Psalms (mostly by David), Proverbs (mostly by Solomon), and Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (by Solomon).

There is prophesy written by godly prophets, such as Isaiah and Jeremiah.

In the New Testament (written after Christ was born), there are four books specializing in the gospel, also defined as “good news.” These books describe Christ’s life and why He came to earth. They are written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The book of Acts (by Luke) includes the life of the early Christian church and the spreading of God’s Word beyond the Holy Land. The rest of the New Testament includes books of letters to the people of the early church and books about the future of Christians written by Paul, John, James and Jude.

As each of these books are read, the reader will notice the variety of writing styles used. Whatever style is used, the books are factual and useful. “… for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” II Timothy 3:16-17 (“perfect” is defined as “complete” in this verse).

I’m thankful to God for providing the truths in the Bible. Now I can compare worldly lies with God’s truths and apply God’s truths. I praise God for the scriptures that led me to salvation through Christ and guidance for improving personal relationships and living life in a wonderful way.