The Bible has a profound impact on our world, yet most people are only vaguely familiar with what it actually contains. Some remember from childhood a few of its most famous stories, and others a few words they’ve heard quoted at the wedding or a funeral.
One of the problems of course is that when someone picks up the Bible for the first time, it’s hundreds of pages of text with often peculiar expressions can seem daunting. This video is created to help you “get started” – especially if this is your first experience with the Bible.

This video is based on the booklet, Bible Explored: Honest Questions. Real Answers. The booklet is part of the Bible Explored Series. Visit https://biblesociety.ca/ebooks.html for more information.

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  1. Using the King James Version bible verses: Here's a study that may be helpful to others in their own studies.

    In Mark 7:13 and Matthew 15:6 Jesus uses the phrase; “the word of God” and the phrase; “the commandment of God” interchangeable.

    Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

    Matthew 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

    Thus it appears “the word of God” is “the commandment of God.” Here are some old testament verses in which seem to say the same thing:

    Numbers 15:31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

    Psalms 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

    Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

    In the above scriptures; the word[s] of God and the commandment[s] of God are one and the same.

    John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

    Per John 1:14, Jesus is God's word made flesh.

    The following is a scripture study that Jesus is the Word.

    John 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

    When Jesus spoke those words, he would have known (and still knows) that God's doctrine had long been established within the old testament scriptures.

    Within the same book of John, seven chapters later, Jesus says:

    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    When Jesus spoke the words; "I am the way, the truth, and the life…" Jesus would have known (and still knows) that God's doctrine of the way and the truth was already established in the old testament.

    The Way is the law and the commandments:

    Psalms 119:32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

    Psalms 119:1 […] Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

    Malachi 2:8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

    The Truth is the law and the commandments:

    Psalms 119:151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.

    Psalms 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

    Jesus would have also known (and still knows) God's doctrine had already long been established as to how to obtain life.

    Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

    Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

    When Jesus said he is the way, the truth, and the life; he would have known (and still knows) the old testament declared the way and the truth to be God's commandments and laws.

    Also Jesus would have also known (and still knows) the way to obtain life is by keeping God's commandments.

    Jesus would have known (and still knows) that he was (and is) saying that he is God's law and God's commandments and that he is eternal life and the only way to the Father.

    Jesus is God's words made flesh.

    Because it is indicated God made his commandments flesh, do (test) the following:

    Read some of Jesus's sayings about himself and place “the word of God” which is “the ten commandments” (which are the words of the covenant, Exo 34:28 & Deu 4:13) into the very place where Jesus says “I” or “me.”

    (Example: John 12:46)

    John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

    John 12:46 I (the ten commandments) am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

    (Example: John 14:6)

    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I (the ten commandments) am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    (Example John 10:14)

    John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

    John 10:14 I (the ten commandments) am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

    It would appear that God made his Word (his commandments) flesh. But lets test this on something more difficult (John 14:9-12).

    John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

    John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in *me*, he doeth the works.

    John 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

    John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

    John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me (the ten commandments), Philip? he that hath seen me (the ten commandments) hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

    John 14:10 Believest thou not that I (the ten commandments) am in the Father, and the Father in me (the ten commandments/the words of the covenant)? the words that I (the ten commandments) speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me (the ten commandments), he doeth the works.

    John 14:11 Believe me (the ten commandments) that I am in the Father, and the Father in me (the ten commandments): or else believe me (the ten commandments) for the very works' sake.

    John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me (the ten commandments), the works that I (the ten commandments) do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

    Question; How can anyone do greater works than Jesus as stated in this apparent riddle in John 14:12?

    Or; How can anyone do something greater than keeping the ten commandments?

    Using the ten commandments as a light (Psa 119:105 & Pro 6:23) we can see and understand the riddle (in John 14:12) in the following way:

    John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

    However first look that this riddle seem contradictory to Jesus' statement in John 13:16:

    John 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

    Following up questions; How can anyone do anything greater did Jesus did when Jesus never sinned?

    How can anyone do anything greater than keeping the ten commandments?

    Pondering an Answer: Jesus never sinned. And we on the other hand, are sinners. We have to repent because we are sinners.

    Pondering Answers continued: Jesus never had to repent. Jesus never sinned therefore Jesus could never have any sins to repent of. Jesus cannot repent of sins.

    John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me (the ten commandments), the works that I do shall he do also (he shall also keep the ten commandments); and greater works than these shall he do (repenting of not keeping the ten commandments); because I go unto my Father.

    It would appear that “greater works” would mean further or go beyond.

    If this study is correct (using the ten commandments as a light) then what Jesus is saying is that he views repentance of sin as no mere small matter. In John 14:12 he is saying repentance of sin is a very great thing; even greater (going beyond) what he himself had to do.

    Jesus is God's word made flesh. Further, Jesus is the new covenant in the flesh. Notice in Matthew 26:26-28.

    Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

    Matthew 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

    Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

    (Matthew 26:28 “testament” G1242.) = covenant

    G1242 διαθήκη diathēkē dee-ath-ay'-kay From G1303; properly a disposition, that is, (specifically) a contract (especially a devisory will): – covenant, testament.

    Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new [covenant] which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

  2. The BIBLE means
    B=basic
    I=instruction
    B=before
    L=leaving
    E=earth
    Don't think that is just a book or books of commands please Have a fear of God in your life it is for our benefit, after death we will realize what we lost, care about words of God

  3. Bible is the most purchased, the most revered and least read book in the Western civilization.
    Few people read the Bible and far less read it with the mind of a “free thinker”.

    For the first time, I read the Bible 5 years ago. I found the book full of contradictions, ridiculous claims and the worst part is that the God of the Bible is a nasty creature. God of the Bible commands many crimes.

    For more comprehensive lists of evils, contradictions and absurdities in the Bible see:

    HTTP://EVILBIBLE.COM

    https://unpleasantgod.ffrf.org

    HTTP://BIBVIZ.COM

    HTTP://CONTRADICTIONSINTHEBIBLE.COM

  4. The Bible is the biography of generic man. It is a spiritual book, not a history of humanity. When you read it as an historical book it is seal one. You understand nothing. It is as a pearl before pigs. It is full of stupid and horrible things. You must interpret it. There are only metaphors, parables and symbols.

  5. Pretty good guide on how to start reading The Bible.

    Here is my advice:

    1. The Bible is divided into 2 large groups of book:

    a. The Old Testament (39 books)
    b. The New Testament (27 books)

    2. Understand that the New Testament did not exist during the time of the Messiah. Yahushua (Jesus) never read the New Testament. All that Yahushau read was the Old testament because this was the only part of the Bible that existed during His day.

    3. It is impossible to understand The New Testament without FIRST understanding The Old Testament. This is because all of the definitions of the terms that are found in the New Testament originally existed in the Old Testament which was the only part of the Bible that Yahushua and his followers had available to them.

    The New Testament writers wrote the New Testament with an Old Testament background. So, the terms that they used they borrowed from the Old Testament which was their only Bible.

    Due to these 3 reasons, I suggest you start at the beginning (Genesis 1:1). This way when you get to The New Testament you can read it with the same perspective as the followers of the Messiah.

    May YHWH (God) guide your journey 😊.

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