We have this book - the Bible - this collection of stories which range from 1900 to 4,000 years old. Some early ones from Genesis come from an even older oral tradition. This book has been profoundly influential for Judaism and Christianity, obviously, and for Islam, too -- and those religions form the bedrock of the cultures of Europe, much of Asia, and all of the Americas. Is it really the Word of God? Does it contain God's messages to humankind? We think so - otherwise why make a Bible Study site - but, let's explore why.
What does the Bible say about its own inner meaning? Regardless of whether we prefer a literal or symbolic interpretation, it makes sense to look at how the Bible interprets itself.
Here's a summary of the key New Christian teachings about the Word.