Biblical Information Highway

Biblical Information Highway

“Biblical Information Highway,” what a crazy name for an article. Right? Saying the Internet has changed our research capabilities would be an understatement. And a pretty good one at that. Wouldn’t you say? You now have Bing, Google, Duck Duck Go, and hundreds of other search engines to do research on. It doesn’t seem to matter what subjects you wish to research you’ll find it online somewhere.

What about Bible studies? Online Biblical research is so easy using the Internet these days. There are thousands upon thousands of Bible studies and Christian web resources available at the click of a mouse. But ask yourself this: is this the best way to study the Bible? Or is it just the fastest? I admit to using online materials to save me from typing in Bible verses I have used in books and articles. But again I ask: Is this the best way?

This book/article wasn’t on my mind when I sat down to write the night I started it. No, I was working on a book about King Solomon building the Temple to be truthful about it. My computer was off and I needed some background materials. I didn’t feel like firing up the computer so I picked up by a nearby Bible and turned to the rear of it. Back where all the other stuff is located. Five minutes later I picked up a pen and a notebook and began compiling this little book. Why not turn the computer on, you ask? Simple. Like many other authors I hand write all of my manuscripts. After I’m done I transcribe the manuscript into a Microsoft Word and polish it up.

The short period of time I looked in the back of my Bible made me realize all the materials I needed are already there. Right there. There in the back of the Book. There after the Revelation of John. The particular Bible I was looking at had a great deal of information which I could use:

  • Interesting and unusual facts about the Bible.
  • First mentioned things in the Bible.
  • Teachings and illustrations of Christ.
  • Prayers of the Bible.
  • Prophecies of the Messiah fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
  • History of the red letter edition.
  • Parables Jesus told.
  • The English Bible and its development.
  • The greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century and their effects on the Bible whew!
  • Last things.
  • An outline history of the twelve apostles.
  • The scarlet thread of redemption.
  • A guide Christian workers.
  • Concordance to the old and new testaments.

What a list! Wouldn’t you say? Having the Word of God available at the click of a mouse is one thing. But… Having in right in front of you is an awesome thing.

You’re right, that word awesome or even awe are way over used in the English language. But on another context they aren’t used enough. How so? What does the word awe mean to you? The dictionary defines AWE as an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like. What the world has done with the word awe (and any of its derivatives) is overuse it. Awesome person, awesome house, awesome car, awesome God.

Wait… Back up a bit. Awesome God? Does anyone still believe God is awesome? It’s doubtful in the United States of America these days. Unfortunately the only thing the United States seems united about is pushing God out of our country. So what happened? Where did our awesome God get off to? There’s a simple enough answer to that question: He’s right where He always was. And always will be for that matter. Course we all know He is still on the throne.

What has happened is that Americans no longer think God is as awesome as He once was. They no longer stand in awe at the creations God has made. A newborn’s birth. A bird in flight. A frightful, but powerful, rain storm. In short, they’ve lost their awe of God. George Barna puts it like this: “Few Americans possess a sense of awe, fear, or trembling related to God.

That’s all well and fine you say. What’s that have to do with a book/article about the information in the back of the Bible? Plenty! As you delve into the sections in the back of the Bible a sense of awe comes over you. It can’t be helped. As you read verses and explanations of verses. The parables of Jesus and on into the concordance you can’t help but to be in awe of what you’re reading. As you read and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance you feel this overwhelming Presence. God is near. And He’s pleased when He sees His children reading the Word.

You’re right. He’s there when you read the Bible. But here you are in the back of the Bible where few people venture. Back where you can get some answers to some questions which have been nagging you:

How many chapters: 1189

Verses: 23,214/Old Testament 7959/New Testament

Words: 622,771/Old Testament 184,590/New Testament

The phrase: “and” occurs 34,000/Old Testament – 9,935/New Testament

The Red Letter edition of the Bible was created by a man by the name of Louis Klopsch. He was the owner and editor of Christian Herald Magazine.

There’s a ton of archaeological stuff in there. Plus the concordance is a huge source of research material.

Sure… Sure… reading on a Kindle is nice. Or even reading on a tablet computer is nice. But they are not a book. You can’t flip the pages on a Kindle. You can’t stick your favorite bookmark into a tablet computer. You know what else you can’t do? You can’t feel the Presence of God when you use a computer or handheld life to study the Word of God. You really can’t. A book has a certain feel to it that doesn’t come from reading text on the screen.

Take the back of your Bible for instance. When you leave Revelation, chapter 22, verse 21 you think you’re at the end of the Bible. But there’s more! When you get to the back of the Bible you’re like a miner standing at the mouth of a gold mine. There are many veins of gold in this mine, one for each section at the back of the Bible. And these veins all lead to the Mother Lode – Jesus Christ!

These sections aren’t scriptural, or are they? Just as God used some forty different men to write the Scripture could He not be the source of the material at the end also? Let’s take the section: “The Teachings And Illustrations Of Christ”. If God inspired the scripture quoted in this section who’s to say He didn’t also inspire someone to create this section as well? How could someone create an alphabetical list of the teachings of Jesus without first being inspired by them?

And the “Prayers of the Bible” section, one would be hard pressed to say these prayers weren’t inspired of God. They quote verses from the Old Testament and the New Testament; so how could it not be inspired by God?

When you come across a scoffer, the type of person that keeps telling you to prove Jesus is the Messiah. Don’t argue with them. Point them to the “Prophecies Of The Messiah Fulfilled In Jesus Christ” section. Yes, they will deny the Bible. But… seeds can be planted within their spirit as they read the Truth. It’s all there in black and white. Subject, prophetic scripture, fulfilled. Not only that but they are irrefutable proof that Jesus Christ is the Messiah.

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