The Bible: Some Interesting Facts For the Laymen

Shared by P Chong                              Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Amazing Sky Sign: God's Love

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God maybe thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

What some well-known people had to say about the Bible:

I believe that the only way to understand any given passage in the Word of God is to take the whole Bible and place the point of it, like an inverted pyramid on that passage, so that the weight of the entire word rests upon a single verse or indeed, a single word.” Donald Grey Barnhouse

It takes the Holy Spirit to make us docile to the Bible . . . to give us the discipline to study and the humnility to accept the truth we find without twisting it.” – John Piper

It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understandthat bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. –Mark Twain

Do not try to imagine God or you will have an imaginary God.” – A. W. Tozer

There are:

  • 66 Books (39 Old Testament and 27 NT)
  • Written by more than 30 people
  • Among its authors were a tax collector, a herdsman, a doctor, a doctor, some fishermen, a philosopher, a preacher, some prophets, a statesman, a king and a rabbi.
  • Written over a period of about 1,500 years
  • It has 30, 442 verses.

Isaiah 66 chapters (96 pages) (Longest Book)

Palsm 150 154 pages

Obadiah 1 chapter only (21 verse) (Shortest Book)

Jude 25 verse

Shortest Verse “Jesus wept”.

Shortest Prayer in the Bible “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30)

Shortest chapter Psalm 117

GOSPEL

There is only one gospel, on which all the apostles agreed (1 Cor. 15:11), and Paul could call down the curse of God upon anybody – including himself – who preached a “different” gospel from the original apostolic gospel of God’s grace (Gal. 1:6-8). Yet the apostles expressed this one gospel in various ways –

  • Now sacrificial – the shedding and sprinkling of Christ’s blood
  • Now messianic – the breaking in of God’s promised rule
  • Now legal – the Judge pronouncing the unrighteous righteous
  • Now personal – the Father reconciling his wayward children
  • Now salvific – the heavenly Liberator coming to rescue the helpless
  • Now cosmic – the universal Lord claiming universal dominion.

More general facts here for your  interest:

* It’s the best-selling book year after year.

* It’s been translated into 1200 languages.

* The Bible has 1,189 chapters.

* It has 31,173 verses.

* It has 773,692 words.

* It has 3,566,480 letters.

* The longest word in the Bible is MAHERSHALALHASBAZ.

*The word “and” is found 46,277 times in the Bible.

* The word “reverend” appears only once in the Bible.

* The oldest man recorded in the Bible was METHUSELAH (969 years-old).

*In America, 168,000 Bibles are being given or sold everyday.

* The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours.

* King Solomon had 700 wives & 300 concubines.

* There are no cats mentioned in the Bible.

* All dogs go to Heaven.

* The Garden of Eden was in Iraq.

* The Bible described the dinosaurs in Job 39 -41.

* The shortest mentioned in the Bible was BILBAD in Job 8:1.

* The Bible was the first printed book.

The Bible has influenced billions of lives forever!

Let the Bible show you the way to Heaven!

From Capitalism To Socialism

By Paul Chong      Sunday, 29 November 2009

New Socialist Flag?


Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (b. 1813, d. 1855), philosopher, theologian & psychologist, was a profound and prolific writer in the Danish “golden age” of intellectual and artistic activity. He said: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Thus, if not for any other reasons, this fact alone is sufficient for us to dwell on history in order to understand the present & serves as a guide towards the future.

Until about 400 years ago, Western Europe was largely a feudal society – one that valued service & chivalry. The turning point in history arrived with the discovery of a new hierarchy of values. Feudalism was then replaced by capitalism – an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned and development is proportionate to the accumulation and reinvestment of profits gained in a free market. Wealth became the measure of success, and everyone was set in a frenzy for cash. The cult of money replaced all other values, including religious.

Capitalism turned the western world topsy-turvy. Making money was the be all and end all of objectives. This system turned out to be extremely efficient in terms of production of goods, services, and comfort. America benefited from the system the most, and decided that the rest of the world has to adopt it as well. Underdeveloped countries, if unable to appreciate the benefits of capitalism, would even be forced to do so.

However, after all the glories & excesses of high living, America is now facing the collapse of the illusion – the illusion of power & might, of conquest & dominance, of grandeur & sheer luxuries. In a word the collapse of capitalism.

We are either fortunate or unfortunate to be living in an era witnessing the unfolding of the old & the making of new history. We are on the threshold in time to see an unprecedented event that will transform the global geopolitical landscape.

This transformation will be in transition – slowly, steadily & most certainly. Philosophers & economic analysts maintain that capitalism is driven mainly by the striving for hard cold cash & the consumption of these goods. It’s this obsession that breeds greed, avarice & the inherent covetous nature of man that is the root of all the present day problems.

There is a lack of spirit in the power mind of the capitalist. There is no soul. A society that was built on the premise of “In God We Trust” is now doing away with God, throwing Him out of the schools, institutions & public places – forbidding the preaching & practice of anything religious.

With moral degradation setting in, a near collapse & breakdown in its economy, an unemployment of the highest in excess of 10%, a dollar currency that’s steadily losing its value & hallmark, America is now further faced with the dilemma of the emerging power in the East.

American’s values are exhibiting flaws, and the appeal to adopt them would be madness considering that the system is in crisis. Pragmatic Americans will soon realise they are no longer “boss” of the world to continue to impose its will upon billions of other nationalities, where traditional values & spirit are held in high esteem.

Globally, people are amazed by the economic miracles & achievements of China. Nations are flocking to learn of its wonders & adopting its system of development.

Signs are everywhere that Obama & his administration is shifting in the US policies bringing about changes that are possibly hard to believe:

  • From confrontation to negotiation & mitigation in its approaches to Iran & North Korea

  • Obama’s decision not to build the Missile Defence System in Poland & the Czech republic
  • Obama’s acceptance of his controversial Nobel Prize Peace Award as a “call to action”
  • Obama’s bowing gesture to the Saudi King & Emperor Akihito of Japan.

Has America, the bulwark of capitalism, grown tired of imposing its rules on others? Is America feeling the importance of friendship with other nations – rich or poor? Does it need to dominate to subjugate? Perhaps, as evidenced by the above actions, America is finally convinced that there are more to pursue than just power & money. If this be the case, we will soon be witnessing another turning point in world history with US embracing more elements of socialism.

“Capitalism creates a rational frame of mind which, having destroyed the moral authority of so many other institutions, in the end turns against its own.” – Joseph A. Schumpeter