The Bible has been around for a long time, but not as long as God has. It’s been here for several millennia in its literary form and several millennia before that in its oral form.
The Bible is one of the most exciting books in the world to read. However, sometimes it is difficult to read and understand. There are several reasons for this.
- First, the Bible was written to a different culture in a different time frame. People spoke, though, and lived differently.
- Second, because of the way it is printed <em>in chapters and verses</em> we tend to read incomplete portions of Scripture instead of whole stories. (Story capitalized is a reference to the metanarrative of Scripture while story not capitalized means other stories.)
- Third, we don’t know where it came from or how it developed.
- Fourth, we overlook the part that man played in God’s plan to share his words with us.