Why is the Bible special?

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A black woman clasps her hands in prayer over an open Bible
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On this page we will think about why the Bible is so important to Christians. We will learn why the Bible is called the word of God. And we will think about how the Bible helps us today.

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What is the Bible?

Why is the Bible special?

Why is the Bible called the word of God?

How does the Bible help us in our lives?

What is the Bible?

The Bible is the most important book in Christianity. It is a library of books by different people. The writers lived in different places and at different times.

The books of the Bible were all written by people who followed God. Together they tell the story of God’s work in the world and his friendship with people. Click here to learn more about the different kinds of books that are in the Bible.

Why is the Bible special?

There are lots of books in the world. And there are lots of books about God! So why is the Bible so important?

Christians believe that the Bible tells us a lot of important things about ourselves and about God. Here are some of the important things the Bible tells us:

God made the world and he made people too. He loves us very much and he knows the best way to live.
But people do wrong things and turn away from God. So God sent Jesus to make a way for us to be friends with him again.
When we decide to follow Jesus, God sends his Holy Spirit to live within us and help us do the right things.

So the Bible is special because it tells us who we are and who God is. It tells us the best way to live. It tells us how we can follow Jesus and be friends with God.

Why is the Bible called the word of God?

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Two young white women with dark hair laugh and chat on a sofa together
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There is another reason why the Bible is special. Christians believe that it is more than just a book about God. It is also a message to people from God. This is why the Bible is sometimes called ‘the word of God’.

Christians believe that God’s Holy Spirit gave thoughts and ideas to the people who wrote the books of the Bible. He showed them what he was like. He worked in their minds and hearts as they wrote. He helped them to say what he wanted them to say.

Christians also believe that the Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Bible today. He gives us thoughts and ideas as we read it. He shows us what he is like. He works in our minds and hearts as we read. He helps us to hear what he wants to say to us. Here is what the Bible says about this:

God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than the sharpest sword and cuts all the way into us.
(Hebrews chapter 4 verse 12, ERV)

 So when we read the Bible we are reading words that people wrote. But we can also hear God speaking to us about our own lives. Reading the Bible can open up a conversation with God. It might bring up questions, thoughts and feelings. We can talk to God about all these things. This helps us to get to know him better.

How does the Bible help us in our lives?

A white woman wearing a white knit jumper and a cross necklace turns the pages of the Bible, learning how the Bible helps us in our lives
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A white woman wearing a white knit jumper and a cross necklace turns the pages of the Bible, learning how the Bible helps us in our lives
Picture by Tima Miroshnichenko

There are lots of ways that the Bible helps us. Here are some of them.

God loves us and wants to be friends with us. Reading the Bible and talking to him about it helps us to get to know him better.
The Bible tells us who we are and who God is. It tells us about the ways he can help us and the promises he has made to us. This is really useful! It means we know what kinds of things we can ask God for. And when things are hard, we can look forward to the future when God will make everything right.
The Bible also tells us how God wants us to live. God knows the best way to live because he made us. So living his way is really good for us! The Holy Spirit works in our minds and hearts as we read the Bible. He changes us inside so that we become more like him. This helps us to live God’s way.

The Bible is special because it is God’s message to us. Reading the Bible starts a conversation with him and helps our friendship with him to grow. If you want to start reading the Bible, click here to find a Bible that is easy to understand.

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