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The Bible 

How do we know we can trust the Bible?
What is the difference between a Paraphrase and a Translation
Why is it Good to read the Bible?
Where can I get a Bible
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Get a Bible that is written in a language that you can understand. reliable Translations include

reliable Paraphrases include

What is the difference between a Paraphrase and a Translation?

A Paraphrase is written to make the Bible more easily understood. It focuses more on being easy to read. Paraphrases are very good for daily reading and casual study.

A Translation is written very carefully to translate as closely as possible the exact meaning of the original manuscripts from their original languages. (Hebrew and Aramaic for the Old Testament, and Greek for the New Testament.) The above mentioned Translations are excellent, and are still very readable. Translations are also Good for daily reading, and are highly recommended for serious study. The most popular Translation is the NIV Bible.

How do we know we can trust the Bible?

The Bible is one of the first places we look to understand how much we can trust the Bible. God takes the written word very seriously, just listen to the close of the book of Revelation to understand how serious God is about this.
Rev 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
It is clear that God is serious about protecting His written word from unauthorized tampering. We also find in the Bible itself testimony about it's origin and value.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The Bible is a collection of Books inspired by God and authored by about 40 different author 79e s, from kings to shepherds, It was written over a period of about 4000 years with a 400 year gap between the Old and New Testaments. The entire work has integrity and unity of content and purpose. It does not contradict itself. It is truly ours, by the inspiration of God, and the faithfulness of Men and Women who were faithful to record what God was telling them to.

Why is it Good to read the Bible?

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Where can I get a Bible

There are many place to get Bibles in North America. There are Bible societies like There are Christian book stores. There are Christian churches which could help you. Organizations like Full Gospel Business Men, or Youth For Christ, or Campus Crusade for Christ, the Navigators. Many of these organizations have the ability not only to get you a Bible, but also to give you other material to help you grow in you faith.
See the Links page for Online Bibles
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