Is the Bible True?

United Church of God
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Can you believe the Holy Bible?Understanding the answer to this question is one of the most important pieces of information you can possess. Yet people go through life unsure whether the Bible is fact or fraud. They simply don't take the time to address this life-altering question.

Some say the Bible is just a collection of stories and fables. Some acknowledge that the Bible is good historical literature, but they don't think it applies in today's world. Others think it is OK to read as long as you don't have something else to do. But is this really a good way to treat information that can make a difference in this life as well as the one to come?

Some people don't turn to the Bible until they find themselves in a severe crisis. Many a person in prison, held hostage, recovering from a drug addiction or experiencing a terrible tragedy finally turns to the Bible for encouragement and direction. But what good is this if we aren't sure that what the Bible says is true?

You don't have to wait until you are in the middle of a severe crisis to read or prove the Bible's validity for today.
Start today to understand how the Bible harmonizes with science, is verified by archaeology, and offers insight for the best life possible. Read this Bible Study aid booklet, Is the Bible True?, and start getting the answers!


Chapters in this ebook:

-- One of the World's Most Popular Books
-- In Their Own Words: Great Men and Women Who Highly Respected the Bible
-- The Bible in the Modern World
-- Humanity's Bias Against the Supernatural
-- The Bible and Astronomy
-- Earth's Age: Does the Bible Indicate a Time Interval Between the First and Second Verses of Genesis?
-- The Bible and Archaeology
-- Cyrus of Persia: The Words of a Prophet Come to Pass
-- A Staggering Archaelogical Discovery: The Mighty Assyrian Empire Emerges From the Dust
-- King David's Existence Verified by Inscription
-- Does Archaeology Confirm the Existence of Specific People Mentioned in the Bible?
-- The Bible and Science
-- The Biblical Authors: Men of God and Science
-- Bible and Prophecy
-- Modern Conditions Were Foretold in Scripture Many Centuries Ago
-- The Bible and You
-- Does the Bible Contain Errors?


Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Science cannot of itself tell us why the earth and the physical creation exist. Wrote Carl Sagan: “Why it happened is the greatest mystery we know. That it happened is reasonably clear” . But the Bible tells us why!"

"Nutritionist David Meinz says that even though we may not understand all aspects of the biblical dietary laws, we would be wise to follow them."

"The understanding of some major prophetic events is crucial as a guide to comprehending where we stand chronologically in God’s plan. The Bible is the lone trustworthy guide in these matters."
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Who we are: This publication is provided free of charge by the United Church of God, an International Association, which has ministers and congregations throughout much of the world.

We trace our origins to the Church that Jesus founded in the early first century. We follow the same teachings, doctrines and practices established then. Our commission is to proclaim the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God to all the world as a witness and to teach all nations to observe what Christ commanded (Matthew 24:14; 28:19-20).

Free of charge: Jesus Christ said, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). The United Church of God offers this and other publications free of charge as an educational service in the public interest. We invite you to request your free subscription to The Good News magazine and to enroll in our 12-lesson Bible Study Course, also free of charge.

We are grateful for the generous tithes and offerings of the members of the Church and other supporters who voluntarily contribute to support this work. We do not solicit the general public for funds. However, contributions to help us share this message of hope with others are welcomed. All funds are audited annually by an independent accounting firm.

Personal counsel available: Jesus commanded His followers to feed His sheep (John 21:15-17). To help fulfill this command, the United Church of God has congregations around the world. In these congregations believers assemble to be instructed from the Scriptures and to fellowship.

The United Church of God is committed to understanding and practicing New Testament Christianity. We desire to share God’s way of life with those who earnestly seek to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Our ministers are available to counsel, answer questions and explain the Bible. If you would like to contact a minister or visit one of our congregations, please feel free to contact our office nearest you at info@ucg.org .

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United Church of God
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Oct 12, 2010
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96
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9780557734016
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 The Bible is the world's most popular book, but at the same time the most misunderstood! How can you understand the Bible?
The Bible itself gives the keys to understand it! But you must read this Book with the right attitude and perspective.

So how can you properly read the scriptures? What principles and methods of study should you follow? What tools are available to help you? How can you grow in spiritual understanding while reading the Word of God?

This Bible Study aid ebook, How to Understand the Bible, will explore a number of important points that will help you grasp the Bible's message and meaning - and make it relevant in your life!


Chapters in this ebook:

-- Introduction: How to Understand the Bible
-- Approach the Bible With a Proper Attitude
-- Keys to Understanding the Bible
-- In Their Own Words: Great Men and Women Who Highly Respected the Bible
-- Does the Bible Contain Errors?
-- Actively Read and Study the Bible
-- Seven Scriptural Threads for More Complete Understanding
-- Are There Mistakes in the King James Version of the Bible?
-- Bible Study Software and Online Resources
-- Live What You Learn


Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Even though we might possess the world's brightest minds, if God does not act to open our minds, the Bible will remain closed to us."

"One vital key we must come to understand is that the Bible interprets itself. We must be careful not to force our own interpretations onto it."

"For us to understand the Bible, we must first learn about and respect God's law."
The story of Jesus Christ goes much deeper than His crucifixion and resurrection.Few will dispute that a man named Jesus Christ lived 2,000 years ago and that He was a great teacher who impacted the world. Christ made a controversial claim—that He was the very Son of God, the long-prophesied Messiah—causing religious authorities in Jerusalem to reject Him, hate Him and eventually succeeded in having Him put to death.

Likewise, the local Roman civil authorities also saw Him as a threat and became complicit in His execution. The religions of His day, both Judaism and paganism, opposed the growth of His teachings and used unlawful and violent means to try to destroy the Church He founded. The government of Rome also came to vigorously persecute the followers of this Jewish teacher from Galilee.

Today, there is much confusion and questions concerning this controversial figure. Where can you go for the answers? The Bible.

This Bible Study aid booklet, "Jesus Christ: The Real Story" will help explain what is written in the Bible about Jesus Christ. You can discover the answers to these questions and more: Who was Jesus Christ of Nazareth? Where did He come from? When was Jesus Christ born? What did Jesus teach? Was He God in the flesh? What did Jesus look like? Was He only a man? Why did He die?

Discover the true, fascinating story that so few understand. The story of the greatest Man who ever lived and the misunderstood message He preached—the gospel (good news) of the coming Kingdom of God!

Chapters in this ebook:

-- Introduction - Jesus Christ: The Real Story
-- Who—and What—Was Jesus Christ?
-- Jesus Christ's Disciples Understood Him to Be the Creator
-- Jesus Christ: 'The Rock' of the Old Testament
-- The Family of God
-- Jesus' Amazing Fulfillment of Prophecy
-- The Bible Prophesied the Exact Year the Messiah Would Appear
-- Was Jesus Born on Dec. 25?
-- A Sinless and Miraculous Life
-- Could Jesus Perform Miracles?
-- Did Jesus Really Die and Live Again?
-- Roman Forms of Crucifixion
-- When Was Jesus Christ Crucified and Resurrected?
-- The Chronology of the Crucifixion and Resurrection
-- Do Other Nonbiblical Sources Confirm Jesus Christ's Existence?
-- Much More Than a Man
-- Was Jesus a Created Being?
-- The God Who Became a Human Being
-- Jesus' Family Connections
-- Did Jesus Have Long Hair?
-- The Messiah's Misunderstood Mission
-- What Do 'Messiah' and 'Jesus Christ' Mean?
-- What Was Jesus' Gospel?
-- Salvation Is Entrance Into the Kingdom of God
-- Other Names for the Kingdom
-- Jesus' Teaching on God's Law
-- Other Important Ways Jesus Fulfilled the Law
-- Christ's New Commandment
-- Does the New Covenant Abolish the Commandments?
-- Jesus Christ and the Festivals of the Bible
-- Who Killed Jesus?
-- Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God
-- The Tearing of the Temple Veil
-- Alive Again Today and Forever
-- Your Date With Destiny: Meeting the Real Jesus
-- 'Even So, Come, Lord Jesus!'



Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Perhaps the boldest claim Jesus made about His identity was the statement, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John:8:58)...What was going on here? Jesus was revealing His identity as the actual One whom the Jews knew as God in the Old Testament."

"The New Testament writers cite messianic prophecies from the Old Testament more than 130 times. By some estimates the Old Testament contains 300 prophetic passages that describe who the Messiah is and what He will do. Of these, 60 are major prophecies. What are the chances of these prophecies being fulfilled in one person?"

"A careful analysis of Scripture, however, clearly indicates that December 25 is an unlikely date for Christ’s birth. Here are two primary reasons..."

"How can we fit “three days and three nights” between a Friday-afternoon crucifixion and a Sunday-morning resurrection?"
Where can you find answers for an uncertain world?The answers have been waiting for you all along. They're in the pages of the Bible.

By studying Bible prophecy, you can learn crucial information about future prophetic events - the time of the end.

Whether you are unsure of the value of the Bible's prophecies or regard them with deep respect, this Bible Study aid, "You Can Understand Bible Prophecy", is meant to help you accurately understand Bible prophecy.

We want you to see the true scope of prophecy - how it links mankind's past, present and future. Learn how a knowledge of prophecy can provide you with a balanced perspective and the details of God's wonderful plan for humanity.

Chapters in this ebook:

-- Why Prophecy?
-- The Fundamentals of Bible Prophecy
-- Jesus Christ's Life and Death in Prophecy
-- Promise and Covenants: A Prophetic Legacy
-- God Confirms His Credibility to the World
-- History Proves the Accuracy of Bible Prophecy
-- The International Scope of Prophecy
-- The End of 'This Present Evil Age'
-- The Coming "Abomination of Desolation"
-- What Is 'the Lord's Day'?
-- The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ
-- Beyond the Millennium


Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"God inspired much of prophecy to relate to the first and second appearances of Jesus as the Messiah."

"Another purpose of prophecy is to urge repentance and offer everyone forgiveness through Jesus Christ’s suffering and death."

"The history of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah is a powerful testimony to the accuracy and precision of Bible prophecy."

"Many prophetic passages describe the time of God’s preparation of the world to accept the rule of Jesus Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God."
Does your life have real meaning?What is my destiny? Why do I exist? Is there a reason for my life?

Have you asked these questions? If so, you are not alone - these questions have baffled and confused people through the ages.

A child naturally wonders, "Where did I come from?" As we get older and become uncertain about our future we want to know... "Did my life have a purpose? Is this all there is? What's next...anything?" From the beginning to the end of our lives, we ponder the meaning of life.

Think about your own existence. Can you see a purpose for your own life with its ups and downs, its mixture of joys and sorrows? Do you sense lasting value in its toil, challenges and uncertainties?

Never underestimate the value of your life. From the very beginning, God has planned an incredible future for you!

Thousands of years ago, the biblical King David looked up into the night sky and wrote down his thoughts regarding man's relationship with his Creator: "When I consider Your heavens, the works of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalm 8:3-8)

King David wondered about the purpose of man just as we do today. Every one us was created for a purpose, but few understand what that great purpose is.

Inside the Bible Study aid, What is Your Destiny?, we will search through the scriptures in the Bible and find out the purpose God has planned personally for you.

Its time you began to understand your real future!

Chapters in the ebook:
-- The Question of the Ages
-- The Spirit in Man
-- Destination and Course Correction: Planned From the Outset
-- God's Own Literal Children
-- The God Family
-- Adoption or Sonship?
-- Early Theologians on Becoming Divine
-- Life in God's Family
-- The Likeness of God


Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Throughout the ages the overwhelming majority of people have failed to grasp the amazing future God has in store for those who develop a proper relationship with Him."

"That family relationship—our becoming children of God the Father—is the heart and core of God’s incredible plan for humanity!"

"The Bible explains that those inducted into God’s immortal family must first sincerely repent of their sins, be baptized and receive the gift of God’s Spirit (Acts 2:38)."

"Those who overcome will be given responsibility as kings and priests of God in that Kingdom (Revelation 1:5-6)."
What does Bible prophecy tell us about the time of the end? Are we living in the end time? When will be the end of the world?

For thousands of years people have been fascinated with predictions of the end of the world. If we look into the inspired writings of the biblical prophets and apostles, we find many prophecies that refer to the time of the end. Should we take them seriously? Are world conditions such that these prophecies could be fulfilled in our day?

Jesus Christ Himself talked of a future time so horrendous that no human lives would be spared "unless those days were shortened" (Matthew 24:22). Did He have our time in mind?

Many biblical warnings leave us in no doubt that increasingly cataclysmic events will occur before God's direct intervention in human affairs. These terrifying prophecies will see their fulfillment at some future time. The crucial question is when.

This eye-opening Bible study aid booklet, Are We Living in the Time of the End?, examines exactly what Jesus, His apostles and the biblical prophets really said about the intriguing days they referred to as the time of the end. You need this vital information! 

Chapters in this ebook:

-- Are We Living in the Time of the End?
-- What Is the Time of the End?
-- A World in Perpetual Crisis
-- Noah and Our Time: A Sobering Parallel
-- The End of the Age
-- The Time of the End: The End of What?
-- Biblical Terms for the Coming End of Man's Age
-- Jesus Christ's Olivet Prophecy: Where Are We Now?
-- Did Jesus Christ Foretell Devastating Storms?
-- 'This Generation Will Not Pass'
-- The End Time in the Book of Revelation
-- The Population Explosion and Prophecy
-- God's Framework for End-Time Prophecy
-- Preparing for the End Time
-- What Can You Do?


Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"But we should remember that Jesus made it clear that no one could know the exact time of His return: "… Of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only" (Matthew 24:36)."

"Some think the subject of the end time in the Bible is mainly confined to the New Testament. But beginning in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, the Scriptures look beyond our present evil age to the time of the establishing of God's Kingdom. Old Testament scriptures have much to say about events that take place during the end of this age and the following "world to come.""

"When Scripture mentions "the time of the end" or "the end of the age," it is referring to the coming end of the present evil age. This age—in reality the age of Satan—will draw to an end, replaced by the age of God's rule over and guidance of all of humanity."

"Revelation is a book written to reveal the future, and Jesus Christ is the One who does the revealing...Here is the theme of Revelation—the time of the end of the age and the return of Jesus Christ to establish God's Kingdom on earth."

"How should we view prophecy? Can it provide spiritual benefits? The apostle Peter mentioned that prophecy should serve to strengthen our hope and faith in the future (2 Peter 1:19)."
What is faith, and how do we receive it and grow in it?We live in a society that is virtually devoid of faith. Since most people don't read the Bible, they don't know much about God or believe He even exists. What about you - do you lack the faith to believe in God?

Having true faith will help you make sense out the troubling and confusing world you live in. It will give you the confidence you need to move forward with your life despite trials and setbacks.

How do you get faith?

Growing in faith requires believing in God and maintaining a close relationship with Him. You can have this relationship with God through daily prayer, Bible study and applying what God says in the Scriptures in your personal life.

Learn more about how to grow in Christian faith by reading this Bible study aid ebook, You Can Have Living Faith, and start building that close relationship with God today!


Chapters in this ebook:

-- Introduction: You Can Have Living Faith
-- What Is Faith?
-- The Meaning of Faith
-- The Book of James: An 'Epistle of Straw'?
-- Examples of Living Faith
-- When It Seems God Doesn't Hear or Answer
-- Enemies of Faith
-- Growing in Faith


Inside this Bible Study Aid ebook:

"Lack of faith—an active, living trust in and relationship with God—is a widespread problem affecting every nation and virtually every individual."

"If we want to better our lives, our model for living faith should be Jesus Christ."

"Many people don't have the faith described in the Bible because they do not believe or practice what Jesus said: "If you love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15)."

"The Bible tells us salvation is by God's grace and is not earned by good works "lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). But we are saved by grace through faith. The danger we face is that our faith will die if we neglect our salvation by not living a life of obedience to God (Hebrews 2:1-3)."

"The examples and testimonies of the men and women we read about in Hebrews 11 show us we can believe God."

"We should pray to God for faith, and we should pray often for it (Luke 18:1)."

"Living a life of prayer, Bible study and humble obedience to God clarifies and strengthens our faith."
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