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  • The Bible is an important book.

  • But It is really long.

  • Yeah, it is a collection of many books written over a long period of time.

  • But, all together, they tell one unified story.

  • So, what is the story of the Bible?

  • Well, it begins by introducing us to a beautiful mind, the author of all reality, a being called God.

  • He has the power to take the dark chaos of the uncreated world and bring about order and beauty

  • and a garden full of life.

  • To crown this accomplishment, God appoints these creatures called humanity or in Hebrew, "Adam".

  • They are made as God's image.

  • This means they are commissioned to rule this beautiful world on God's behalf

  • by harnessing all of its potential and creating even more beauty and order.

  • This is a story about humans using their power to do meaningful life-giving work.

  • But the question is, how?

  • Yeah, humanity now faces a choice that is represented by a fruit tree.

  • Humans could partner with God and find freedom by trusting in his knowledge of good and evil.

  • Or, they could seize power and define good and evil on their own

  • which, God warns, will kill them.

  • They hear the voice of a dark mysterious creature that tells them, the choice is simple.

  • Take the fruit.

  • It will give you power and freedom to rule the world on your own terms.

  • So, they seize this knowledge.

  • As a result they become suspicious and self-protective.

  • It leads to fractured relationships, violent power grabs and, ultimately,

  • a whole civilization, Babylon, that has redefined evil as good.

  • So, God scatters this corrupted human project.

  • Here the story of the Bible takes an important turn.

  • We zoom into the story of a man and a woman who come out of Babylon, Abraham and Sarah.

  • Yeah, God promises that from them will come a new people,

  • a nation that has another chance to make the right choice.

  • If they succeed, it will open up this new way forward for the rest of humanity.

  • This is why the rest of the Bible story is about this family.

  • It does not go well.

  • Despite God's personal guidance, Abraham's family gives in to that same temptation

  • to redefine good and evil on their own terms, apart from God.

  • Even when their best people were in charge, rulers who loved God's guidance and had divine wisdom, even they gave in.

  • Israel was warned by their own prophets that these choices would lead them back to Babylon,

  • this time as conquered captives living in exile.

  • That is exactly what happened.

  • Even with God's personal guidance, Israel fails.

  • Who can succeed?

  • Well, the prophet said that the story was not over.

  • God is going to send a new leader to Israel to cover for their failures

  • and to transform the people's hearts and minds so that they can make the right choice.

  • So, the part of the Bible called the "Old Testament" ends.

  • These promises are left hanging.

  • Then the biblical story continues into the New Testament.

  • We are introduced to a man who comes from the line of Israel's kings, Jesus of Nazareth.

  • He said that he was bringing all these promises to their completion.

  • He confronted that dark mysterious evil that all humanity has given into and resisted its power.

  • Then he announced that God had arrived to rule the world through himself.

  • Jesus taught about God's definition of good and evil.

  • He said that real power is serving others.

  • According to Jesus, it is people who love the poor and even love their enemies

  • who are the kinds of people who will actually rule the world.

  • That is confusing but also really beautiful.

  • So is the claim that the story goes on to make about Jesus,

  • that he is God become human,

  • to be for Israel and for all humanity what we could never be for ourselves.

  • He came to take the consequences of our evil into himself.

  • His sacrificial love proved more powerful than evil, than even death itself.

  • Now, humanity is presented with a new choice,

  • represented by a new tree.

  • Stick with the old way of being human or venture into this new way.

  • In the story, those who choose the way of Jesus find themselves energized by God's own power.

  • People who know that they are loved and forgiven by God can become people who love and forgive others in return.

  • The Jesus Movement quickly spread throughout the world,

  • forming these new communities, people who follow the way of Jesus.

  • But they face problems.

  • There was persecution from the outside by people in power.

  • Inside there was confusion, even compromise.

  • Yeah, because following Jesus is really hard.

  • So the movement's leaders, called apostles, wrote letters to comfort and to challenge these communities

  • to stay faithful to the difficult way of Jesus.

  • They are called to hope for the day when Jesus will come and change everything.

  • The Bible ends by pointing to the future day when all wrongs are made right,

  • when evil is eradicated, heaven and earth are united, and humanity can rule the world,

  • together in the love and power of God.

  • Okay.

  • So, that is the story of the Bible.

  • It brings all of these books together.

  • What is interesting is that each book contains a different kind of literature

  • that contributes to the story in a unique way.

  • That is what the next video will begin to explore.

The Bible is an important book.

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The Story of the Bible

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    kinhuabin posted on 2017/08/30
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