The Bible: A Book Worth Dying For What is the Bible? What are other names for the Bible?
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The Bible: A Book Worth Dying For

The Bible: A Book Worth Dying For What is the Bible? What are other names for the Bible?Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

In 1408, it was illegal to read the Bible in English. In fact, to do so could earn you death. Six men and one woman were found guilty in 1519 of teaching their children the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostles Creed in English. All seven were burned alive.

William Tyndale struggled for years to translate the Bible into English so that the common man would be able to read the Word of God himself and not rely on what another claimed it said. In the end, he was betrayed and imprisoned for several months.

“Let it not make thee despair, neither yet discourage thee, O reader, that it is forbidden thee in pain of life and goods, or that it is made breaking of the king’s peace, or treason unto his highness, to read the Word of thy soul’s health—for if God be on our side, what matter maketh it who be against us, be they bishops, cardinals, popes.”~ William Tyndale

Finally, on October 6, 1536, William Tyndale was strangled to death. His body was then burned at the stake for, among other charges, translating the Bible into English. It is said that his last words were, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” Three years later, King Henry VIII declared that every church in England make available a copy of the English Bible for all parishioners.

Many others have been martyred in the name of bringing the Bible to people in their own language. Many continue to be killed even in our day. According to Open Doors USA, each month 322 Christians are killed for their faith, 214 churches and Christian properties are destroyed, and 772 other forms of violence are committed against Christians (including beatings, abductions, rape, arrests, and forced marriages)1.

What is it about this book that makes it worth killing over? What makes the Bible worth dying for?

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Over the next few weeks (maybe months), I will be going over bibliology, the study of the Bible. I will be going over such topics as the origin, reliability, authority, clarity, necessity, sufficiency, and inerrancy/infallibility of the Bible. Hopefully after this study, you and I will both be able to better defend the truth claims of the Bible and have a deeper love and trust of what God has revealed to us through His Word.

What is the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of sixty-six different books, written by about forty authors, in three different languages, over sixteen centuries, on three different continents yet it has one continuous and non-contradictory central message of Jesus Christ, God the Son.

The Bible is the holy book of Christians. It is our guide to the truth about ourselves, God, eternity, the state of the world, and salvation. We do not claim that it holds all knowledge but rather, all the knowledge for salvation and to live holy lives that are pleasing to God.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

The Bible: Also Known As…

The Bible is known by many different names. In order to prevent confusion, it is important to know that these words are often used interchangeably.

Other names given to the Bible3The Bible: A Book Worth Dying For What is the Bible? What are other names for the Bible?

  • Book of the Law (Deuteronomy 31:26)
  • Gospel (Romans 1:16)
  • Holy Scriptures (Romans 1:2)
  • Law of the Lord (Psalm 19:7)
  • Living Words (Acts 7:38)
  • Message of Christ (Colossians 3:16)
  • Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • The Scroll (Psalm 40:7)
  • Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17)
  • Truth (John 17:17)
  • Word of God (Luke 11:28)
  • Word of Life (Philippians 2:16)
  • Words of the Lord (Psalm 12:6)
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The Bible is the foundation of Christianity. It is the only source of truly knowing who God is and how to be reconciled to Him. It is where we derive solid theology and doctrine. It is important that we know not only what is in the Bible but why we know it can be trusted when we are asked to defend our beliefs.

“You all have by you a large treasure of divine knowledge, in that you have the Bible in your hands; therefore be not contented in possessing but little of this treasure. God hath spoken much to you in the Scripture; labor to understand as much of what he saith as you can. God hath made you all reasonable creatures; therefore let not the noble faculty of reason or understanding lie neglected. Content not yourselves with…divine truth…you accidentally gain in conversation; but let it be very much your business to search for it, and that with the same diligence and labor with which men are wont to dig in mines of silver and gold.” ~ Jonathan Edwards

I pray that we will better understand why the Bible is worth dying for. Click To Tweet

Through this series on the Bible, I pray that we will better understand why the Bible is worth dying for. I also pray that God will use this time of studying about His Living Word to strengthen us when we face persecution, even unto death, in defending and proclaiming God’s Word to all people.

The Bible: A Book Worth Dying For What is the Bible? What are other names for the Bible?

Sources
  1. “Open Doors USA”. Open Doors USA. Web. 28 Jan. 2017.
  2. Slick, Matt. “What Is The Bible?”. Carm.org. Web. 27 Jan. 2017.
  3. “What Are The Different Names And Titles Of The Bible?”. GotQuestions.org. Web. 27 Jan. 2017.
  4. “What Is The Bible?”. GotQuestions.org. Web. 27 Jan. 2017.
  5. “What Is The Bible?”. Biblica. Web. 27 Jan. 2017.

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  • We have so much to be thankful for in those who gave their lives to the preservation of God’s Word.

  • Julie Loos

    Your series looks really interesting! I will be checking back!
    #MomentsofHope

  • Amen and amen! What a great subject … God’s Word! I look forward to reading more of your series. Thanks, too, for linking on Mondays @ Soul Survival. Blessings!

  • Sherry Thecharmofhome

    This is an awesome topic! I look forward to more posts on this subject. Thanks for posting!

  • Debbie Kitterman

    I found we are neighbors at #Unite & #testimonyTuesday today, I really enjoyed reading and learning about this history, some of it I didn’t know. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Thank you for this reminder not to take our ability to study God’s word for granted. I’m so glad I found your blog and look forward to reading more! I would love for you to share with us at Encouraging Word Wednesday!

  • I am grateful, too, for those who sacrificed everything to preserve the Bible. I’ve struggled in the past with seeing people worship the Bible more than God, so forgive me for changing the wording here a little just for my own integrity: The LORD is definitely worth dying for; He set that example first for us!

    • I have been accused many many times of “worshiping the Bible more than God.” This accusation usually comes from my adherence that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible, and all-sufficient Word of God. I am fully convinced that it is our only source of hearing God “speak” and and our only way to obtain the truth of God, ourselves, and salvation. I believe, idolatry of the Bible is a very rare thing and it typically only seen in those who claim only one version of the Bible can be read to obtain salvation.

      Yes, the Lord is worth dying for but without His Word we cannot know who it is we are willing to die for so His Word is worth dying for.

  • Brandi Raae

    Thanks for linking up your study at Literacy Musing Mondays! Great words – I hope you will continue to link up the rest of your series. 🙂

  • Mother of 3

    Wow! It always boggles my mind that people were actually burned at the steak. Thanks for sharing with us at Together on Tuesdays.

  • Kileen

    Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould!

  • Thank you for this wonderful post and for sharing it at Together on Tuesdays 🙂 I love the history lesson, too. This Word of Life is certainly worth everything.

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Looking forward to reading more, and I appreciate you putting all this together, taking the time to research and write this. It’s amazing how many have felt fear from the Bible, that alone shows how valuable it is. Thank God so many have stood for what they believe or we would not be living in the world we do today.

  • Jann Olson

    Wow! Can’t even imagine that people were buried alive for those reasons! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann