Nearly all of us have questions about life, suffering, death, and the future. We are also concerned about day-to-day matters, such as making a living or having a happy family. Many people find that the Bible not only helps them answer life’s big questions but also gives them practical advice for daily living. Do you think that the Bible can help anyone you know?
1. What are some questions that the Bible answers?
The Bible answers these important questions: How did life begin? Why are we here? Why do innocent people suffer? What happens when a person dies? If everyone wants peace, why is there so much war? What will happen to the earth in the future? The Bible encourages us to seek answers to such questions, and millions have found its answers very satisfying.
2. How can the Bible help us to enjoy our daily life?
The Bible gives us good advice. For example, it teaches families how to be truly happy. It offers advice on how to deal with stress and how to enjoy our work. You will learn what the Bible teaches about these topics and much more as we discuss this material together. You may come to agree that “all Scripture [everything in the Bible] is . . . beneficial.”—2 Timothy 3:16.
This publication does not replace the Bible. Rather, it encourages you to examine the Bible for yourself. Therefore, we urge you to read the scriptures that are listed in these lessons and compare them with what you are learning.
4. The Bible can answer our questions
In the video, what sort of questions did this woman have?
How did studying the Bible help her?
The Bible encourages us to ask questions. Read Matthew 7:7, and then discuss the following:
What questions do you have that the Bible may be able to answer?
5. You can enjoy reading the Bible
In the video, how did the young people feel about reading in general?
Why do they now feel differently about reading the Bible?
The Bible says it can give us instruction that comforts us and gives us hope. Read Romans 15:4, and then discuss this question:
Does the Bible’s promise of comfort and hope interest you?
6. Others can help us to understand the Bible
In addition to reading the Bible on their own, many have found that discussing it with others is helpful. Read Acts 8:26-31, and then discuss this question:
How can we understand the Bible?—See verses 30 and 31.
SOME PEOPLE SAY: “Studying the Bible is a waste of time.”
What would you say? Why?
The Bible offers advice for daily life, answers important questions, and gives people comfort and hope.
What kind of advice can we find in the Bible?
What are some questions that the Bible answers?
What would you like to learn from the Bible?
1. If men wrote the Bible, how is God its Author?
The Bible was written by some 40 writers over a span of about 1,600 years, from 1513 B.C.E. to about 98 C.E. And the writers came from many backgrounds. Still, all parts of the Bible agree. How is this possible? Because God is the Author of the Bible. (Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13.) The writers did not record their own thoughts. Rather, they “spoke from God as they were moved by holy spirit.”a (2 Peter 1:21) God used his holy spirit to inspire, or motivate, men to record his thoughts.—2 Timothy 3:16.