The Bible- the only book available on the earth that did not originate here but originated in heaven by God Himself
The Bible is the only one book that is available on the earth that did not originate from earth. Bible is the book that originated in heaven from God. There is no other book like Bible in the whole world.
The uniqueness of the Bible.
Bible has 66 books -39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. The whole Bible was written over a span of over 1500 years by 40 authors at different times. The authors included kings, priests, fishermen, tax collectors etc. Though Bible has 66 books, it is one book with the unity of thoughts, messages, and doctrines. The Bible that was written over 1500 years by 40 different authors from different educational and professional background of different times, but still is one book with common messages and doctrines is a miracle for sure.
The second uniqueness of the Bible is the thousands of fulfilled prophecies. The Bible you hold in your hand has 1/4th of prophecies. Listen, one by fourth of the Bible has prophecies. By the way, Bible is the only books that have genuine and certainly fulfilled prophecies with pinpoint accuracies. You know that there are many religions out there in the world. But their books have zero genuine prophecies. Please refer the study Bible articles ‘prophecies fulfilled in Christ’ and ‘present time fulfilled prophecies’ for more information. We will talk more about it later. Now I want you to understand Bible is unique and this is the book which came from heaven – from the living God. How do you and I explain thousands and thousands of fulfilled prophecies and prophecies currently being fulfilled right in front of our own eyes, if Bible is not originated from God? The Bible must be from God and there is no other rational explanation possible.The Bible- the only book on earth that is originated Heaven Click To Tweet
There is often a question comes up and that is this “who wrote the Bible?” Bible answers this question by saying Scripture is “inspired by God” or “breathed out” by God (2 Timothy 3:16). In other words, Bible is originated by God Himself. Now, who wrote the Bible? Bible answers this question as well. It says the writers, though they were human spoke from God. 2 Peter 1:21 says “no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. Another translation is the writers “spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” In short, God did not use ink and write on paper. However, God is the author of the Bible because people of God (the writers of the Bible) were moved and inspired by Him through the process called ‘inspiration’. When the human writers, because of the moving of God in them and because they were carried along by His Spirit, wrote exactly what God wanted to communicate.
We can see this way. God was the ‘superintend’ and “overseer” who supernaturally inspired and oversaw the writers writings and when they wrote it by ‘the carrying away of the Holy Spirit’ it became the exact words of God from God’s own mouth. There are several people with different personalities and lifestyles are used by God in accomplishing His purpose of writing the Bible. Even though their personalities and lifestyles and times they lived were drastically different, the result was one single book with a common theme of man’s need for salvation and how God Himself met that need for human beings. The scarlet thread of redemption for mankind is seen all over the pages of the Bible. From the first book Genesis to the last book of the Book of the Bible called Revelation this scarlet thread of blood is a common theme. Bible said, For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (Leviticus 17:11). Blood is the only way to atone for man’s sins. Bible affirms again, without the shedding of the blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22). Though animal sacrifices and its blood was given as temporary arrangement for the forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament times, Bible clearly says “it is impossible for the blood of the bulls and goats to take away sins.” Hebrews 10:4. Animal sacrifices and shedding of animal blood for the forgiveness of sins were temporary arrangements. These were only shadows. But these shadows are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. This is why John the apostle said this about Jesus Christ in John 1:29, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” The lamb, goats or bulls could never take away the sins of the people forever. The lamb of God – Jesus Christ- is the only one who can accomplish. He can take away the sins of you and me and of the humanity because He shed his precious and holy blood for our sins on the cross. Your sins are paid in full by God Himself. This is the Gospel – the good news that Bible declares. Now you can get the gift of salvation. The only thing you should do is to accept the free gift of God by calling upon the Lord Jesus Christ who is the ransom for all your sins. Bible says to repent of your sins and turn to God and call upon Him and accept salvation and eternal life because of what the Lord Jesus had already done for you on the cross of Calvary. No more sacrifices, no more of your efforts required for the forgiveness of your sins. The lamb of God has paid all for you. Come to God and accept the salvation and eternal life. This is the sum and substance of the Bible message. When you come and accept Christ as your savior who paid for your sins, you become a child of God. You are born into God’s family as his precious child and you are granted forgiveness and everlasting life in heaven with God. Your place in heaven is reserved forever. You can go to heaven only based on a reservation and you get the reservation in heaven at the foot of the cross where Christ died for you, by inviting Christ to become your savior. You will be enrolled in the Book of Life that is kept in heaven. This is the reservation log for all who will go to heaven. If your name is not in this Book of Life and reserved in heaven, you will not enter the heaven. You can enter heaven only by one way that is given to you and that is the way of the blood Jesus Christ. The blood of Christ, the Son of God, cleanse us from all our sins and makes us justified in the holy presence of God as if you never sinned, Bible declares. What a glorious salvation God prepared for you!
Thus though 40 authors wrote these 66 books of the Bible over 1500 years, the basic theme is the same- God is sovereign ruler of all, He created all, He created mankind, mankind lost his fellowship and friendship with God due to sin entered into their life. But God implemented the solution for people’s sin problem in and through the only savior of the world – Jesus Christ – and now you can be fully and completely forgiven and you can come Home with a loving relationship and friendship with God while you live in this world and in heaven with God after your death.
Bible is unique because hundreds of times in the Bible you will come across the phrase “thus says the Lord” (Exodus 4:22, Exodus 5:1, Exodus 7:17, Exodus 8:1, Exodus 8:20, Exodurs 9:1, Exodus 9:13, Exodus 10:3, Exodus 32:27, Joshua 7:13, Joshua 24:2, Judges 6:8, 1 Samuel 2:27, 1 Samuel 10:18, 2 Samule 7:8 and the list goes on over and over again in the Bible). Numerous times Bible claim itself as the Word of God (Psalm 119, Hebrews 4>12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Isaiah 40:8, Luke 11:28, Matthew 24:35, Psalm 33:4, Jeremiah 23:29, Romans 10:17 and the list goes on and on.
Another uniqueness of the Bible is the ‘inerrancy’ of the Bible. This means there is no error in the original manuscripts of the Bible. People say there are errors in the Bible, but they just heard from someone and repeating after the comments of another. In other words, they don’t take time to read and discover if there are errors in the Bible. When I ask people to show me one error in the Bible, they cannot show any errors. But they just say because they heard someone else saying there are errors in the Bible. My friend, test by yourself. You will find if there is one book in the world that is error-free, that is the Bible only. Bible has zero errors, period! Now there are things that are hard to understand and may seem contradictory because people don’t take time to read the Bible in its entirety. Bible faithfully recorded lies, sins of the people. Bible recorded the words of the devil as well. That doesn’t mean Bible approves those wrong and sinful acts but it proves Bible accurately reports what took place. Such reports are made not because Bible condones those speeches or actions but to make us very cautious in our life and actions, so that we won’t fall into pitfalls like they did. If you read the Bible from the beginning to the end you will discover there are no errors in the Bible. If you got a letter from someone and if you read only here and there without spending the time to read the whole letter, it will seem hard to understand or contradictory. But sit down and read the whole letter and then it will become clear to your mind. This is the same with the Bible.
You see, Bible itself claims it is flawless. Psalm 12:6, “And the words of the Lord are flawless,
like silver purified in a crucible,
like gold refined seven times.” It says there is no flaw or error in the Bible. The Bible is silver purified in a crucible like God refined seven times. Such flawless and errorless nature is the Word of God in the Bible. Bible claims it is perfect. That means there is no imperfection in the Bible. Listen what it says in Psalm 19:7, “The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple”. Even a simple person can become wise by reading the Bible. Why? Because it originated from God who is perfect and trustworthy.
Proverbs 30:5 says, “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” You see, every single word in the Bible is true. Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is the truth.” Bible has truth only in it and there is no error or flaw or imperfection in it. The truth of the Bible shines in the darkness and darkness cannot overcome the truth. Bible has the truth in it and the truth in the Bible is the only power and force that can set you free from your bondages. (John 8:32).
Bible is inerrant or error-free because of the authorship of God. God is error free because Bible says He is one hundred percent holy, all-powerful, all-knowledgeable and all present all the time. Based on His superior attributes, the book authored by God is error-free and flaw free. God is the one who created all from nothing. He is the one who spread out the sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. Bible said these truths centuries ago before science even discovered it. (Job 26:7). He was all powerful to create this wonderful earth, the universe and everything in it just by His word. There is no doubt that such an all powerful and all knowledgeable God authored an inerrant Bible for us to know Him and get saved.
Bible is infallible because God is infallible. Infallible means incapable of making mistakes. In other words, Bible is unfailing or it never fails. Bible says in 1 Peter 1:23-25, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.”
Things around us change and fall down to the ground. For example grass, flowers, plants are all come and falls down. Even people are like grass and the glory of the people falls like the flower of the world. You see, your glory and my glory won’t last forever. But in contrast the Bible, the Word of God never fails. The Word of God, the Bible, endures forever. And because you are born again, not of any perishable seed, but you are born again into God’s household by listening and understanding the eternal and everlasting Bible (the Word of God), you will also endure forever, provided you came to the living Word of God who is the Christ Jesus in faith and trust. The statement in 2 Timothy 3:16 that says Bible is God-breathed and inspired and the statements of 2 Peter 1:20-21 that says Bible is not originated by human will but by God and His Spirit alone confirms the infallibility of the Bible. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” Christ attested the infallibility of the Scripture many times (Mathew 19:4-5, Luke 11:51, Matthew 24:37-39, Luke 17:28-32, John 8:56-58, Matthew 12:39-41, John 3:14) and the list goes on and on.
Bible is God-breathed and it tells all the truth you need to know.
Bible records all Scripture (Bible) is God-breathed. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16). Bible is the only unique book that did not originate from the earth. All other books are originated from this earth. Why? Bible says, “For prophecy (the Bible) never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Bible did not originate from any human will, but though God’s prophets were human, they spoke of God as they were carried along by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, you can fully trust what the Bible says and it contains only the truth. In fact, all the truths that we value today originally came from the pages of the Bible. People criticise Bible saying Bible says the earth is flat not circle. But do you know this is absolutely a false argument? Bible doesn’t say the earth is flat nowhere in the Bible. In fact, Bible says the earth is a circle in nature thousands of years ago before even science discovered it. Listen what Isaiah 40:22 says, “He (God) sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy and spreads them out like a tent to live in. If you want to know the origins of human life, no other religious books will inform the truth of where it all began, the original roots of mankind and all of the universe. Only Bible has the answer to these questions.
Why don’t you start reading Bible and be informed the truth from heaven and God about the origins of life and all the creations?
Bible states the truth that God is the creator of all. We are not a product of evolution.
Bible says God is the creator of everything. We are not a product of evolution. No man or no living thing is the product of evolution. When we look at a beautiful car, as awesome custom built house or building, Oh man what a great work! We want to know who (what car or construction company) made that car, house or building. You see so many parts, materials or designs should be included and placed in its proper place. Much planning and designing should go into these beautiful cars, houses, and buildings. Then people start looking into their own complex and well-designed bodies with all its interior parts wonderfully working together to function as a single body and come to a foolish conclusion that human body is a product of evolution. Then why all things around us have nothing to do with evolution? Everything else needs some intelligent work behind it but when it comes to humans and animals some people conclude that no intelligence or skills behind it. I read somewhere and it is said, “it takes more ‘faith’ to believe in evolution than to believe in a Creator.”
See, evolution is merely a hypothesis or assumption. It still remains as an assumption in our days now. But evolution was never tested or testable based on scientific methods. The evolutionist may not agree on this and they may say it is an intellectual finding. However, the truth is that evolution is something scientifically not provable nor the available evidence support the claims the evolutionists were made. If you read Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ there are hundreds and hundreds of assumption phrases like ‘possible’, ‘could’, ‘maybe’ or ‘perhaps’ throughout the book. He was not even sure what he was writing about.
Evolution claims it can change the concept of creation by its unprovable claims. It says life forms came from non-life forms. It also says small creatures became more complex creatures through the ages. A small cell became a larger one and the came small creatures lizard. Lizard developed into monkeys and finally, humans came out of all these transitions.
But nowhere history you and I find any historical records of small creatures became more complex larger and more intelligent creatures. Do you have any evidence anywhere throughout the history of any animals becoming another type of animals? Lizards were always lizards, monkeys always remained as monkeys. No record of squirrel, cats, dogs, fish, bear turned into another type of pets or animals. Evolutionists just assume that transitional forms must have existed. But no prove for transitional forms at all throughout the history. The man was always man, the lion was always lions and monkeys remained like monkeys.
Do you know the life origination and how life is reproduced at the very beginning is always a question that evolution cannot answer?
Bible clearly, truthfully and emphatically states the truth that God made the male and female and they produced the first baby in this world. God made the animals –males and females- and initial reproduction started at that point of initial creation. God made the first male and female chickens and they produced the first egg which contained the genetic strains from both its Dad and Mom.
Listen what Bible says in the first book Genesis. “And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.” (Genesis 1:24-25)
It says God initially said and by His Word produced all living creatures according to their kinds- the livestock, the creatures move along the ground and the wild animals each according to its kind. And It was so.
Bible states the truth that mankind is made in the image of God.
Then the very next verse in the Bible describes the creation of first mankind by the almighty God.
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:24-28).
Bible says God created mankind in His own image, in His likeness. It says again in verse 27 God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. You see this is why mankind is different from all other creatures and animals. God created mankind in His own image. This is the reason for the superiority of mankind over all other creatures. Mankind was made in the image of God to rule over everything on this earth.
The evolution of transitional forms is not the reason why man is superior and intellectual but God made mankind in His image is the secret of the greatness and uniqueness of man from all other life forms. In fact, transitional forms from the first cell to lizard to monkeys to mankind is not based on truths and this assumption is not even a provable theory in any fashion or form.
Truly, “it takes more ‘faith’ to believe in evolution than to believe in a Creator.” The Darwin’s theory of evolution was first proposed only in 1859. This was only a human attempt to deny God’s claim and authority.
No human assumptions or hypothesis can succeed and overthrow the truth and authority of God as revealed in the Bible. Actually, there is no need for a human assumption regarding the origin of life and all things exists in the universe. God, the creator of life and universe, gave the truth about the origin of life and creation of all the universe in the Scripture called Bible. Bible clearly explains how all came into being, why man is in its present lost condition and what is the solution for mankind’s all problems. Bible gives the truth to all of us because Bible is the only book that originated in heaven by God Himself.
Bible states the truth that humans consist of body, soul, and spirit.
We are all created in the fashion of three in one. Bible also says God is one but three in persons- God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The minute you die your spirit goes to the presence of the Lord in heaven if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior. Genesis 2:7 says, “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Bible says in Ecclesiastes 12:7 what happens at the time of people’s death. It says, “and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it”.
The body is the outer layer by which you can have all the senses – touch, smell and see. The soul is the sphere of mind, emotions, and will. The spirit is the core of a man where he can connect with God and have relationship and friendship with God. At the time of death, the body returns to the dust as we bury the body, but the soul/spirit immediately goes to the presence of the Lord. At the time of the rapture, the bodies of those who accepted as Savior will be resurrected and united with the spirit and will be given brand new resurrected, eternal, and glorified bodies. If you are worried about ghosts, let me know tell you there is no ghost rooming around in this world. There are demons but no ghosts in this world. There are only two places soul/spirit goes at the time of death. A believer in Christ who called upon the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins goes to heaven with God. In contrast, a person who won’t come to Christ for salvation and forgiveness of sins end up in hell. The incident of the Rich man and Lazarus that is explained by Jesus proves this fact. The rich man who lived only for himself in luxury and pleasure ended up in the place of torment (hell) while Lazarus went to the place of comfort (heaven). Though rich man requested someone from heaven should go to earth as a witness so that his own brothers won’t end up on hell the answer he got was no one can go back from heaven or hell back to earth. The people who live here on the earth has still the Bible and the preachers who preach the Gospel – good news. (Luke 16:19-31). God has provided only one lifeline from heaven to get saved and spend eternity in heaven with God- the only savior Jesus Christ. There is no purgatory or no in-between places -only two destinations for people. Jesus said this to the thief who accepted Him as the savior and pleaded to remember him -“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43). There is no in between as some people think. Bible doesn’t support purgatory or any other destination upon death other than heaven or hell.
Bible states the truth that the universe and your consciousness has God’s signature and stamps all over it.
When you think about it, everything around us testified there is a God and he created all. Bible says in Psalms 19 says the heaven above us – the stars, moon, and sun – and the vast expanse there in the sky declares continuously and silently declares the glory and the marvelous work of God. Lisen what it says,
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And the expanse [of heaven] is declaring the work of His hands.
Day after day pours forth speech,
And night after night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there [spoken] words [from the stars];
Their voice is not heard.” (Psalm 19:1-3).
The heavens above us don’t speak in a loud voice. There are no spoken words heard. But they silently testify the existence, glory and the work of God’s wonderful handy works. It says in verse 6, “The sun’s rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.” You see, how consistent and organized the path and work of Sun and moon. In the night time, the moon comes on to give dim light when the man goes to sleep. Bible says in Psalm 14 that only a fool would say there is no God. It says, “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” But Bible says God looks down from heaven to see if anyone seeks after Him. “The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand
who seek after God.” (Psalm 14:2).
Secondly, God gave people a consciousness that constantly tells us there is a God and it says don’t violate His moral laws. God gave all of us an inner feeling of right and wrong. Why God gave us consciousness? So that people won’t destroy themselves and others by breaking God’s moral laws by doing evil deeds. Bible says in 1 king 2:44 people know in their heart all the wrong thing they do. But by violating God’s moral laws again and again without repentance can really harden our hearts and consciousness.By suppressing the truth about God that is all around us- externally and internally – we can harden our hearts like Pharaoh did.
Bible talks about the bad and dire consequences of suppressing the truth about God in the book of Romans. Read Romand 1:18-32. Wicked people suppress the truth about God by their wickedness. They knew the truth about God because He has made it obvious to them. “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” They have seen the earth and sky. They have clearly seen God’s invisible qualities and His power. So no man has an excuse regarding this matter. In addition, God also gave a light or lamp internally called consciousness. But they decided to suppress these truths about God.
Bible provides answers to man’s deepest and profound questions.
People throughout the centuries searched Bible to get answers to life’s basic and profound questions. Bible faithfully gives answers to all of our questions. Whatever your question is, you will find an answer in the Bible. People looked at the marvelous creations- earth, sky, stars, moon, sun, animals, people- and asked the basic question how did it all begin? Is there a beginning of all? They also asked the question where did I come from? Why am I here living now? Is there a purpose in my life? Do I have a future? What is my future looks like? What is the future of this world? Will it continue like this? Or something going to happen to this world?Why moral and natural evil are present in the world? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why people get sick? Why people die? Why doesn’t life continue without death? What is in store after death? Is there a heaven? Where is heaven? What is heaven looks like? Who is going to be there in heaven? How big is heaven? What are the materials used to build heaven? Is there a hell? Where is that place? Who will end up going there? How bad hell is? Why people end up going there? Do I have a choice? Can I choose heaven? How can I do it? Is there a God? If there is a God, what is His expectation about me? What is His character? Is there a consequence for my wrongdoings and evil behaviors? Why wicked people flourish and good people suffer?
My friend, all these are very basic and important questions in all people’s mind. I believe you have already struggled with these questions several times and may be very curious to find reliable and truthful answers. Your intellectual curiosity searches answers to these questions right? I learned as we advance in our age, some of the above questions become very dear to our hearts and minds. Bible is a one-stop place for answers to all these questions. There is no other book in the world that gives true and reliable answers to these deep questions of inquiring minds. That is the reason people turned to Bible for truthful and reliable answers all through the centuries in the past. Still today and for all future days, Bible will continue providing answers to people. Because Bible itself claims (as we have already seen above in this article) it did not originate from the earth, each and every word of the Bible is originated from heaven -Bible is God inspired and God-breathed. No other book so far made or can make such strong claims and in no other places, you will get answers to these and many other profound questions of people.
Bible tells us the truth that all of us have a humanly incurable problem called Sin that hinders our fellowship and friendship with God. But God Himself has solved that problem for us any way!
What is the sin? The human problem of Sin is described in different words in the Bible. I will bring to your attention two important words that are used for sin in the Scripture. There are other words for sin in the Bible. But we will discuss these two words for the sake of brevity of this article.
‘Hamartia’ or Missing the Mark
The first word is used for sin in the Bible is ‘hamartia’ (Greek) which means ‘missing the mark’. The famous passage in the Bible in Romans 3:23 which says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” uses this word ‘hamartia’ which means ‘missing the mark’. God says all human beings ever lived or will live in this world (except Lord Jesus because Jesus was one hundred percent God and one hundred percent Man- two nature in one-when He lived on this world. This is called hypostatic union in Theology) are fallen short of the glory and holiness of God. This means none of us can live in God’s high standard in our fallen state. God is fully Holy, morally pure and there is no impurity or unholiness in Him.
God gave only one command to our first parents in the garden of Eden- Adam and Eve. They couldn’t even obey the one command that the Lord God gave at the point of their temptation by the serpent who is the Satan. They missed the mark because they were required to obey that one command of not eating from one tree in the midst of the garden. They had all other and many trees and fruits. You may imagine how you would have definitely obeyed and are better than them. But the truth is that at the time of the temptation, we all are vulnerable apart from the help of God through His Holy Spirit. God gave 10 commandments through Moses. These ten commandments and other laws God gave to Israel in the pages of the Bible are truly the basis of all the laws implemented by different nations. Why God gave ten commandments? To convince you that you cannot obey God all the commandments of God and to show you and me that we will miss the mark of obeying God. There are people who claim they obey the ten commandments. Really? How many times did you covet in your life? One of the commands says ‘you shall not covet’. Did you ever covet things that belonged to other people like your friend’s house, car, wife etc? Did you ever look at women with lustful desires? You did covet. It says ‘You shall not commit adultery’. Did you commit adultery? How many times did you commit adultery in your heart and mind? It says, “honor your father and mother”? Were there times you did not honor your parents? Did you ever disrespect or talk about them in a bad way? The list goes on and on.
Good question! Then why did God give ten commandments along with other laws and regulation in the Old Testament? Bible gives the answer in Galatians 3:24, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster (or tutor or guardian) to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” The ten commandments and Law always reminds us the fact that ‘we miss the mark’ and we are unable to meet God’s righteous and glorified standards in our fallen estate. The conviction that ‘we miss the mark’ leads us to the cross of Christ Jesus where He completely and fully paid for all your ‘hamartia’ (missed marks of your life). This is why Bible says in Romans 5:6, “when we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right item and died for us sinners.” Romans 5:8 says, “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” The next three verses say, “And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His son while we were still His enemies. Now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends with God.”
So hamartia means ‘missing the mark’. We as human beings ‘miss the mark’ of the pure and holy God. This is the divine verdict about all humanity and it is a true statement about our current condition. You and I miss the mark of God’s pure and holy standards. You can try to be better than me in purity and holiness. And you may be better than I to humanly comparative standards and measuring rode. But you will never be perfect in purity and holiness per God’s standards. This is God’s estimation of people in this world. I know I cannot attain God’s standard. Why? I know I missed His mark and expectation as laid out in the Bible. Those times I agree with Him and confess my sins and shortcomings to Him. Yes, that is what you and I need to do. But we will never be perfect like God is. We will always miss the mark when we live in this world. This is not an excuse to say sin is ok. Not at all. Sin is not ok. Sin has serious consequences and we will end up paying for the drastic consequences of our sins. Bible says we need to grow in the image of Christ day by day if we accepted Christ as our savior, confess our shortcomings and sins to Him and study the Bible and grow in it. Every day, every month, every year you and I have the potential to grow more pure and holy because God gives His Holy Spirit to those who accept Christ as his or her savior and His Spirit living inside of us helps us to grow more pure and holy. Christ’s shed blood and its power to cleanse us from all our sins and His Holy Spirit in a believer in Christ are the secret and power to avoid sins in our lives. There is no other way to avoid sins.
Suppose you live in New York near the Atlantic Ocean. Suppose you and your friend say that you both are going to swim to London in the Atlantic Ocean. You may go farther than your friend or your friend may swim farther you. But the truth is you both of you will not going to make it to London. This is what is meant by ‘missing the mark’ of the God’s glorious and holy standards.
Jesus said in John 16:9, “concerning sin because people do not in believe in Me. The Greek word “hamartia” is used here for sin. This is the ‘missing the mark’. God sent His only begotten Son into this world with the expectation that you would believe in Him and get saved and come to eternity to live with Him. But if a person after hearing this good news of salvation in the name of Jesus Christ who died, buried and risen again for his or her sins don’t come to Him for rescue, salvation, and eternal life, that will be the utmost ‘missing mark’. All other ‘missing marks’ in your lives are forgivable but Bible clearly states the truth this is an unpardonable missing mark that makes people’s final destination in hell. Pharisees even after hearing directly from Jesus Christ and witnessing many of His miraculous and wonderful acts because of the work of God’s Holy Spirit in Him, still was not willing to put their trust on Him. Instead of placing their faith on the savior, they came to the conclusion that Christ is doing all the works in the power of Satan. By saying this, they have rejected the wonderful works of the Holy Spirit of God in Christ and in them. They rejected Christ as their Messiah and savior. You can read about this account of ‘unpardonable sin’ in Matthew 12:22-32. This is the only missing mark that is not forgivable. You need to settle the matter regarding God’s love toward you in the person of Christ Jesus before your death. If you don’t do that, may I tell you the truth? Bible says a person who won’t come to Him for the forgiveness of their sins, salvation and eternal life will have to end up in eternal hell all through their eternity. This is simply because of the fact that although the life and light were presented to them, they still chose darkness and eternal death away from God in hell.
Apostle Paul, the greatest missionary the world has ever seen said this about himself in Romans 7:15-25. Listen what he says there.
“ For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
By understanding the hopeless condition, Apostle Paul answers the most cardinal question. Who will deliver me from this body of sin and death? Then He gives us the answer. He says I thank God- through Jesus Christ. Because Christ paid all our sins on the cross of Calvery fully and completely, He can deliver us from the body of sin and consequent death. The next chapter 8:1 says this additional and marvelous truth, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” You won’t experience any condemnation from a pure and holy God if you come to Christ and accept Him as your savior because He already solved the problem of your sins. No more condemnation of your sins.
There is not a single man who obeyed the ten commandments except Christ Jesus. He did because He was one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man during the time of His incarnation when He lived on this world. He wept at the tomb of Lazarus upon his death (His humanity). The very next moment he said, “Lazarus come forth”. Lazarus was resurrected though he was dead for four days. (shows His divinity)
Jesus was sleeping inside the boat of disciples when deadly waves were about to sink their ship and they were all facing death in the river (shows his humanity). Upon His disciple’s cry and request, He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (shows His divinity). I don’t have enough time to give more examples. If you read the four Gospels in the Bible, you will be convinced of the fact that Jesus Chris was God and Man- both in Him one hundred percent. Only a one percent God and one hundred percent man could pay for all your sins. No another man can pay for it because he also has the same issue of sin. No man is there without sin to pay for our sins. It has to be outside of man who never sinned and that was the reason of the incarnation of Christ to this world – to save us from our sins and make a way to enter us into God’s holy presence in heaven for all eternity. Jesus being one hundred percent God and man did this solemn duty by dying for our sins on the cross, buried and then victoriously coming out the grave by defeating death and Satan.
Is this good news for you? I would say this is the good news this sin bound and dying world heard from the creator God. You can live with God in heaven and you do not need to spend your eternity in hell if you would come to God who loves you and gave His Son for your sin problem. Bible says if you call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who is your only savior, you will be saved. Why don’t you call upon Him now in prayer and ask Him to save you now?
‘Anomia’ or Iniquities or lawlessness
Another word for sin used in the Bible is ‘anomia’ (Greek) . This word is translated as ‘iniquity’ or ‘lawlessness’ in some of the English Bible translations. Peter used this word in 2 Peter 2:8 for ‘unlawful deeds’ when he talked about men of Sodom and Gomorrha. The word, of course, means lawlessness but even more than it the word also means immoral or grossly unfair behavior, wickedness etc. The word signifies clear and gross disobedience to the revealed law of God. John uses this world in 1 John 3:4 and says “Sin (Anomia) is lawlessness. It is a state of living not honoring the law of God. This act of arrogant disobedience to the law of God which is a state of lawlessness is going to increase as we move to the end times per Bible. Refer Matthew 24:12 where Jesus said about the coming future age, “Because of the increase of the ‘Anomia’ (Iniquity, wickedness or lawlessness) the love of most will grow cold.”
Bible also talks about a soon appearing man of sin or lawlessness (anomia) in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Bible says this man of lawlessness is the ultimate figure of all wickedness who is going to control the whole world for a small period of time (7 years) before the second coming of Christ. Bible says the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering to Him will not happen unless the apostasy (falling away from faith in the Christ) and the man of lawlessness is revealed. This is the antichrist who is going to deceive many just before the second coming of Christ. He will be the person who has the embodiment of Satan in Him and the ‘anomia’ (lawlessness, gross immorality, and wickedness) will be the mark of those days. The book of Revelation gives more facts about this man and a period called ‘great tribulation’ from chapter 6 to the end of the book. This is the time of righteous God’s wrath pouring out on this earth for all the wickedness, unfair injustices, lawlessness and gross immoralities. Bible also says in this period people will love to die because of the wicked, satanic actions of the antichrist and His rule on this earth. Revelation 6:15-17 describes about this day like this, “Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the [n]presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
This is the great day of the wrath of the one who sits on the throne (God) and of the Lamb (Christ Jesus) on this wicked and immoral world. How many injustices, wickedness, bloodshed, immoralities, and disregard for God’s Law occurred in this world? Countless from the very beginning of His creation of this world. Who is able to stand God’s wrath when it is poured out on this wicked world? The answer is no one will be able to stand on that day of severe judgments on all wickedness and lawlessness.
But the comforting truth is this – if you are living on this earth at that time and you already trusted in Christ as your savior, you will be taken away (raptured) before God pours His wrath on this world. God will not allow Christ’s Church who is the ‘bride of Christ’ to go through or live here on earth during this terrible period of the wrath of God. Bible affirms Church and all the believers will be taken into heaven before this darkest day on this earth. The Revelation chapter 5 gives us the picture of all believers in Christ (Church), those who are bought by the blood of Christ from all the nations and languages by the blood of Christ are safe and secure in heaven before the ‘tribulation period.’ Chapter 5 of the book of Revelation tells us these believers who are bought by the blood of Christ are believers who are bought bowing down and worshipping God and the Lamb in heaven before the tribulation events of chapter 6 happen. After the removal of all believers in Christ from this earth, the great tribulation will happen on this earth. Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 that Christ saves us (all who turned to living God in and through Christ) from the coming Wrath. Listen what it says, “They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9 says, “For God hath not appointed us (believers in Him) to wrath.” They, the wicked one are appointed for this wrath of God. But not the one who trusted and cleansed by the shed blood of Christ.
We witness gross immorality, unfair injustices, iniquities, wicked acts of people and lawlessness almost every day these days, don’t we? The TV channels, newspapers, and new magazines are full of them. You and I can not say there is no sin in this world. This world is filled with sin. But Bible also tells us the truth that more really bad and scary days and more wickedness is in store for future and finally worse of all, the antichrist (the man of lawlessness), will appear and that will be the great tribulation period on this earth. My friend, things are not going to get better per Bible until God sends His wrath and judgment on this God-rejecting and God’s law rejecting earth.
You don’t really want to be left for that horrible time period of darkness and wickedness. Bible says, “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” You can call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer and get saved from these horrible days in future.
You can pray like this, “God, Thank you for talking to me today. I accept Christ Jesus as my savior. I believe Jesus Christ died, buried and resurrected for my sins. Please save me and give me eternal life with you in heaven.”
If you prayed this prayer, Bible assures you are saved from the coming great tribulation period on this earth. In addition, you will be in heaven with God the moment you die. Or if you live during the end of this age, you will be raptured (caught up) to heaven before God pours His wrath on this wicked and lawless world.
Bible faithfully gives answers your questions – why ‘anomia’ (sin) is present in this world, where it originated from and how this transmitted to us from the beginning of creation. You can read about it in the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. You can also read the article in this ‘study Bible’ section titled “ Human death- What is death? Why everyone die? What is the solution? What is in store after death?” in order to get more information regarding these above questions.