The Bible is a collection of writings by many authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible, though one book, consists of 66 books. The books of the Bible were written at different times over a 1500 year period, from about 1400 BC to 100 AD.
Thirty-nine of these books are in the first section of the Bible known as the Old Testament, and twenty-seven are in the New Testament.
The New Testament consists of four books known as the Gospels (known to Muslims as the Injil or Injeel or Ingil), plus other writings that help us to understand more about the gospel and what happened in the days and years after the death on the cross and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ.
One of the authors of the New Testament was Paul, who was an apostle.
Paul, a Jew, was appointed by God to explain the gospel to non-Jewish nations, those living in counties we know today as Turkey, Greece and Italy.
In a letter to the Christian church in the Grecian city of Corinth, the apostle Paul emphasized the key elements of the gospel in this way, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures….” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Who is Jesus Christ, and why was his death of “first importance”? These questions and many more will be explored.
Every man, woman and child on Earth is a "sinner". That means that we all sin, it is part of our human nature to sin. We are all descended from the first human beings, Adam and Eve, and share their nature. Though created perfect, this couple chose to disobey God and became sinners. To sin means to fall short of God's standard of conduct. It means that we have a tendency to lie, steal, murder and especially to resist God's authority and disobey him. The result of our rebellion is that when we die we would forever be cut off, separated from God. But God had a plan to do away with these dire consequences.
The plan was to send his Son to Earth in the form of a man. This Son, Jesus Christ, would live a sinless life. He would then be persecuted and killed by sinful humans. As one who was fully God and fully man and without sin, his death paid the price for our disobedience. The result is that those who choose now to accept Jesus as their Savior will be rewarded with eternal life when he returns to Earth.
God is calling many people who live in an Islamic culture to become followers of Jesus Christ (who is known in the Qur’an as Isa al-Masih).
I invite you to join me as I journey through the basic teachings of Bible-based Christianity. I will provide answers to questions about following Jesus that a person with an Islamic background might want to ask.
This online Bible website allows you to read from many different versions of the Bible, in many different languages. Identify the versions in your preferred language.
The site includes concordances and commentaries.
A concordance is a method of finding the chapters and verses in the Bible where the word or phrase that you specified can be found.
A commentary is a discussion by an expert theologian as to the meaning of a verse or topic of the Bible.
Biblegateway.com is another online Bible available in many languages. The site also has links to Bible apps for iPhones and Android that can be downloaded free.
Youversion.com provides a free Bible app for a variety of devices and operating systems. The app can be downloaded from various stores. It provides access to online Bibles. If you have an Android phone, you can download a Bible that you can read offline. First sign-up (register) for the Bible app, then choose a version to download, for example the NIV New International Version.
Olivetree.com provides a Bible that you can read offline.
Scriptural references in English are from the NIV version of the Bible.