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Something unique about the Bible, among all ancient books…

“The Bible is not such a book a man would write if he could, or could write if he would.” – Lewis S. Chafer   “The Bible deals very frankly with the sins of its characters, even when those sins reflect badly on God’s chosen people, leaders, and the Bible writers themselves.  For example:   -the sins of the patriarchs are mentioned (Genesis 12:11-13, 49:5-7) -the sins of the people are denounced (Deut. 9:24 -King David’s adultery with Bathsheba and his subsequent attempted cover-up is revealed (2 Samuel 11 and 12). -the Gospel Evangelists paint their own faults and those of the apostles (Matt 8: 10-26, 26:31-56, Mark 6:52, 8:18, Luke 8:24-25, 9:40-45, John 10:6, 16:32) the disorder within the church is exposed (1Cor.1:11, 15:12, 2 Cor. 2:4).   And then, I REALLY love THIS part of the whole long quote by Josh McDowell in his humoungous collection of research notes entitled (The New, in Volumes 1 and 2, Evidence that Demands a Verdict), “The Bible as a book focuses on reality, not fantasy.  It presents the good and bad, the right and wrong, the best and worst, the hope and despair, the joy and pain of life.  And so it should, for its ultimate author is God and, ‘there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.’ (Hebrews 4:13, NKJV).”

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