Is The Bible Merely A History Book?

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My husband and I were talking yesterday about the Bible. He was sharing with me how many people he knows that don’t read the Bible because they think it is just a history book sharing stories that happened 2,000++ years ago.  When I began to think about it, I know people, or had heard people, who expressed this same sentiment.  People will say “The Bible isn’t relevant.  Those things happened so long ago and we live in modern times.”
Yes, the Bible is, in a way, a book on history as it does share stories from long ago.  BUT, let’s take a look at one specific verse and go from there.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-11

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Throughout the Bible, we can read many stories about what happened long ago, but can you not see the correlation between then and now?  This scripture tells us that history repeats itself, and it certainly has, and will continue to do so until the end of time.  Time and time again, God has drawn us near to Him, and time and time again, we push Him away.  We suffer His punishment whether it be as a nation, or individualized.  As we see in the Bible, at some point, He will once again deliver His wrath upon those who choose to ignore His message.  God is very patient and wants no one to be left behind.  At some point in your life, God will draw you near to Him.  God really doesn’t want anyone to suffer His wrath.

2 Peter 3:92 Peter 3:9
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9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  

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The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

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So yes, the Bible does contain many historical stories, and in reading/studying them, we can apply them to our circumstances today.  But, that is not all that is contained in the Bible.  As you read and explore the books of the Bible, you will also find love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, strength,compassion, courage, certainty, peace, encouragement, expectations, security, hope, joy, sincerity, plus much more.  If you are one of those people who think that the Bible is merely a ‘history’ book, I invite you to clear your mind of preconceived notions and take a look at what the Bible really has to say.  As a Christian, it offers us a guide as we walk in a world muddled with hatefulness and sin; a world that is doomed for destruction.

God promised that He would never again destroy the earth by means of a flood.

Genesis 9:11Genesis 9:11
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11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.  

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And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

The Bible clearly tells us that earth, as we know it, will be destroyed by fire.

Matthew 24:35Matthew 24:35
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35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  

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Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

2 Peter 3:102 Peter 3:10
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10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  

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But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pas away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The topic about the end of times is a lively one these days, understandably so when we stop to take a look at everything going on around us.  But, the end of times is not the topic of discussion here today.  The purpose of sharing these scriptures is to show you that although the Bible contains much history, it also contains present and future events as well, among in.  Events that everyone should be made aware of and become knowledgeable in.  If you find yourself reading the Bible, and it is not clear for your understanding, all you need to do is seek the Lord, and ask for the wisdom to understand.

Proverbs 9:10Proverbs 9:10
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10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.  

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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:  and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

James 1:5James 1:5
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5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  

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If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

As you can see, not only does the Bible contain past, present, and future events, but it also gives us the instruction:  the what to do, how to do it, and in which way to do it, we so often need throughout our day.

In answer to the question:  Is the Bible merely a history book?  Absolutely not!  It is much, much more.  You just have to read and study to begin to benefit from this wonderful book of words that God put in place for us to learn from; to utilize in our life.

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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