PRYOR, OK — Ryan W. Kepke
Unique means one of a kind, having no like or equal, incomparable. These terms accurately describe the Bible. Consider some of the characteristics that make it unique:
It alone is GOD-INSPIRED. Other books claim inspiration, but fail miserably under scrutiny. Skeptics have assaulted, defamed, and attempted to destroy the Bible for centuries. It has survived them all as an impregnable fortress of Truth and righteousness. The Bible says God is its source (“All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” [2 Tim. 3:16–17]), even to its very words (1 Cor. 2:13).
It alone informs us of the origin of man and the universe. Men have written thousands of books and proffered numerous theories concerning when and how all things began. If scientists would only follow their own laws (not mere theories) of science, they would offer fewer absurd theories, most of which seem to be aimed more at denying an obvious intelligent First Cause than accepting facts. The Bible tells us all we can know about the beginning in its majestic opening phrase, “In the beginning God created…” (Gen. 1:1).
It alone tells us the true purpose of life: Theories that exclude God as our Creator rob life of meaning and purpose. To evolutionists, we are no more than advanced amoebae or apes, a mere “accident” of “nature.” Subscribing fully to the twins of evolution and atheism, Humanists, in their own words, “…can discover no divine purpose or providence for the human species.” Accordingly, such folk live only for pleasure in this life. The Bible states our purpose: “Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecc. 12:13b).
It alone describes our eternal destiny: Apart from the Bible, men are left only to hopeless speculation about any possible destiny beyond the grave. The Bible reveals the existence of Heaven, a place of eternal bliss for God’s people, redeemed by the blood of His Son. It also reveals the existence of Hell, a place of eternal torment for impenitent and unredeemed sinners. The destinies of all will be sealed following the great resurrection and the Judgment (John 5:28–29; 2 Cor. 5:10; Mat. 25:31–46).
It alone tells us the way to get to heaven: No person can come to God, either here or in Heaven at last, except through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). The Gospel of Christ is God’s power to save sinners (Rom. 1:16). Those who believe it and are baptized and faithfully serve Jesus will be saved in Heaven at last (Mark 16:16; 1 Cor. 15:1–2, 58).
Adair Church of Christ is located on Highway 69 (3 blocks south of the main traffic light) in Adair. Morning service is at 11 a.m. For FREE Bible course, call 918.253.4897 or e-mail AdairChurchofChrist@Yahoo