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Researcher explains how the Bible came to be

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When the Bible says God’s word is alive and active, it’s a true reflection of the Bible’s special power to change minds and alter lives.

The book has been available to people since Johannes Gutenberg mass produced 180 copies of the King James Bible in the 1450s.

It is a unique publication written by 40 authors over 2,000 years on three continents, according to Answers in Genesis. Yet, it remains without error and consistent in its language, especially when viewed in its entirety.

Still, many people wonder how the Bible came to be and who put it together in its specific order.

Writing at Desiring God, Dirk Jongkind offers a glimpse into the origins of the world-changing manuscript that has survived four millennium.

“Behind the storyline of Scripture is the story of how God, in his providence, gave his words to us. When God spoke, he ensured that it would be preserved through a process of writing, collecting, copying, translating, and printing,” he wrote.

“After thousands of years, the Scripture that began with the breath of God now comes to us in the Book that is worthy of our supreme trust,” said Jongkind.

“By understanding what God had done over the ages, we will see that it is reasonable and justified to trust that the Bible in our hands is a translation of the trustworthy words of Scripture.

“We could talk about 10 reasons why to trust the Bible. But it may be more effective if we understand the larger narrative of the history of the Bible,” Jongkind explained.

If you’d like a concentrated history of the Bible and how it was transformed from God’s verbal word into the written pages we enjoy today, check out the story at Desiring God.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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