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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." -John 8:32
"WHAT DOES BIBLE MEAN?"
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Bible (n.)- the sacred scriptures of Christians comprising the Old Testament and the New Testament; the sacred scriptures of some other religion.
Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin biblia, from Greek, plural of biblion book, diminutive of byblos papyrus, book, from Byblos, ancient Phoenician city from which papyrus was exported.
We cling to the Bible; some of us have even claimed that we would give our life for it. The Bible is after all what appears to be what our beliefs are derived from and faith founded in. But do we even know what the word Bible means and would we die for something that we do not completely understand? The word Bible originated from the Greek word biblia, which derived from the name of an ancient Phoenician city, Byblos, where papyrus, a material used to record ancient writings, was exported. A Bible does not include from a definitive stand point just the Judaeo-Christian Bible, but is any book containing sacred writings regardless of religious sect.
Why is it important to know? To answer this, ask yourself what substantiates faith and allows it to grow. Is it a touch from a prayer line, the ceremonial taking of communion, baptism by water, or is it the facts and our own experience that allows us to stand grounded in God with a secure foundation. When speculation, negativity, and our own trepidation occurs through-out our lives, will our spirits survive if there fails to be factual understanding to serve as a buttress against what we are facing or will we falter due to failing to strive to with all our getting-get an understanding.