Rev. Kevin Airrington
Who among you can say will all honesty that you are a Christian?
Who among you can say with absolute honesty that you love the Bible?
Who among you can say with absolute honesty that you are a Christian and you love the Bible and can say you read it every day?
The truth of the matter is if you are truly a Christian you will read your Bible daily and you will do one other thing. Can any of you guess the second without hesitation? If you are a true Christian you will read the Bible and you will pray!!! If you do not…you are NOT a Christian.
“KEVIN, DON’T JUDGE ME!” Here we go again. Not going to go into that…except to read my essay called, “JUDGING AMY!” Which, in all honesty…needs to be updated…but the truth has never changed,,,just may need to add a little more.
Okay…stop being so serious…here are some fun facts you can impress your friends at the next birthday party…maybe you can make it into a drinking game! Doh! Did I just say that?
I sure did…perhaps if you won’t read your Bible or your won’t pray…then you can turn able trivia into a drinking game…hey, “faith cometh through hearing and hearing through the Word of God.” Okay…that is a Bible Scripture…(Romans 10:17)…and while you are at it…try this one one too: (Isaiah 55:11)…Can you cut n paste that one?
Okay…now the fun stuff:
When I say BIBLE…I mean…THE BIBLE…the one we read in English…the King James Bible or Authorized Bible. I am not referring to the modern mistranslations: i.e.; NIV, ASV, NASV, NASB, NLT, ESV, TM, TLB, NWT, etc.
You will want to get my new book…soon to be out on Hardback: HISTORY OF THE BIBLE.
Now, I will make reference to some English Bibles (and yes, there were plenty before the 1611 Bible)…but I will name the specifically. If I mention a bible instead of the Bible (Notice the BIG B and little b? That is deliberate) …I will name it…but just so there are NO MISUNDERSTANDING…I am referring to the 1611 Authorized Version…you know…The Bible. smile emoticon
Wow…I keep saying..”FUN” so lets get to the fun!
The Bible is actually a library of 66 books, written by 44 authors over a period of about 1500 years. The 39 books of the Old Testament were composed between 1400 and 400 B.C., the 27 books of the New Testament between A.D. 50 and A.D. 100. (Not CE and BCE…sheesh).
When the Bible was first written, there were no chapters or verses as today. In fact, many of the early, handwritten manuscripts were written without spaces between the words! Stephen Langton divided the Bible into chapters about A.D. 1228. The Old Testament was divided into verses by R. Nathan in A.D. 1448, and Robert Stephanus divided the New Testament into verses in A.D. 1551. The first complete Bible with chapter and verse divisions was the Geneva Bible of A.D. 1560.
BOOKS OF THE BIBLE:
Old Testament: 39 books
New Testament: 27 books
Complete Bible: 66 books
Middle book of the Old Testament: Proverbs
Middle book of the New Testament: 2 Thessalonians
Old Testament: 23,214 verses
New Testament: 7,959 verses
Complete Bible: 31,173 verses
Middle verse of the Bible: Psalms 103:1,2
Middle verse of the Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 20:17
Middle verse of the New Testament: Acts 17:17
Shortest verse of the Old Testament: 1 Chronicles 1:25
Shortest verse of the New Testament: “Jesus wept.” John 11:35; “Rejoice evermore” 1 Thessalonians 5:16
Longest verse in the Bible: Esther 8:9
Verse containing all letters of the alphabet except “J”: Ezra 7:21
Verse containing all letters of the alphabet except “Q”: Daniel 4:37
Verses most alike: Psalm 107:8,15,21, 31
Old Testament: 929
New Testament: 260
Entire Bible: 1,189
Middle chapter of Old Testament: Job 29
Middle chapter of New Testament: Romans 13
Middle and shortest chapter of Bible: Psalms 117
Longest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 119
Chapters that are most alike: 2 Kings 19 and Isaiah 37
In the Old Testament: 592,439 words
In the New Testament: 181,253 words
Complete Bible: 773, 692 words
Longest word in the Bible (18 letters): Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isaiah 8:1)
Words occurring only once in the Bible: eternity (Isaiah 57:15); grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5); gnat (Matthew 23:24)
THE BIBLE IS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE:
here were several secular historians who wrote about the events of the New Testament at the same time the Bible was being written. Josephus is the most well-known of them. He was a Jewish historian. Tacitus was a Roman historian who would have no benefit from not telling the truth. Both these men, as well as others, can be used to back up the historical accuracy of the Bible.
There are historical discoveries regularly coming to light that continue to support the accuracy of the Bible. Merrill Unger, who compiled a Bible dictionary wrote, “Old Testament archeology has rediscovered whole nations, resurrected important peoples, and in a most astonishing manner filled in historical gaps, adding immeasurably to the knowledge of Biblical backgrounds.”
NUMBER ONE BEST SELLER:
Historically it has been said that the Bible is the most sold book of all time. It is regularly on various best seller lists.
The Bible has been translated into more than 1,200 languages.
THE BIBLE NEVER CONTRADICTS ITSELF:
Think about that for just a second. First, that is just not me saying it…that is just not being hopeful…people devote their life to finding contradictions.
Yes, nothing…and considering these statistics:
66 books, written by 44 authors over a period of about 1500 years. How in the world did 44 Kings, Queens, Tent Makers, Tax Collectors, Pastors, Apostles, Evangelists, Shepards, a Doctor, Prime Minsiters and a Royal Cupbearer (Nehemiah). As the Bible was written over such a lengthy span of time, most of the writers did not personally know one another, nor live in the same eras.
So, David couldn’t call Luke and on his cell phone and say, “Luke, what did you get on answer number 27?” And Luke would be able to answer back, “I don’t know if that was Job or Obediah. I’ll tell you what buddy, let me check with John and I will text you later.” Serious! And you might say, “Oh that’s so stupid Kevin, I knew they didn’t have cell pones.” But I bet you didn’t know that Luke would not be able to look it up on the Internet! smile emoticon
See I told you this would be fun!
By the way…okay…now this may not be fun…and you may not want me to say it…but I think it MUST be said.
While it is true…there is not a SINGLE contradiction in the Bible…that is the King James Bible…
There are contradictions in these modern bibles.
Here is one…just one. And it is a good one!
The ESV (English Standard Version)..not a Translation per-say…it was a revision of a revision designed to bridge the gap between the NIV (New International Version) and the King James Bible. Their goal was to keep the easy to read NIV (which this is not even true…but this is their words so we go with it)…but the problem is the NIV is not very accurate…even the Zondervan (Publisher of the NIV and the Satanic Bible) folks admit this…and they TRIED to correct it in 2005 and then just 6 years later the NIV encounter another revision in 2011. We can get into those details later…
But the ESV folks wanted a Bible easy to read, “like the NIV” and accurate, “Like the King James Bible”.
So they take the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version), which was a revision of the RSV (Revised Standard Version) which was a Catholic revision of the King James Bible (er, sort of). Which was derived from the ASV (American Standard version) Are you confused? LOL Me too my friend. I go into detail in my book.
The ESV…is a version of the bible that was easy to read like the NIV (cough) but maintained the accuracy of the King James version. That part should be clear.
Anyway, the ESV failed…and failed hard!
Let me ask you? Who killed Goliath? Are you sure? Come on…really who killed him? I know I have posted this before…
Was it David? The Shepard…the Harp Player for King Saul or was it Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim that killed Goliath?
According to the ESV, Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim killed Goliath.
Look it up for yourself: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…
2 Samuel 21:19, ” And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.” (English Standard Version, ESV)
2 Samuel 21:19, “And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.” (King James Bible, KJB)
ESV says that Elhanan killed Goliath. King James Bible says that David Killed Goliath. The KJB says Elhanan killed Goliath’s brother. Which is correct?
But it is worst than that.
So in the ESV they have created not one but two contradictions… and there are many other contradictions in the ESV and other bibles.
So when you hear about contradictions in the bible they are EXACTLY RIGHT!!! However, you will NEVER see a contraction in the Bible!!!
For more…see the chapter in my Hardbound Book: HISTORY OF THE BIBLE in the chapter on contradictions.