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Why is the Bible important to Christians?

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1.Why is the Bible important to Christians? The Bible is the Christian holy book, which comes from the Greek word 'Biblia' which means the books. The Great Bible was the first approved English translation in 1539. There are two parts to the bible known as the New Testament and the Old Testament; the word testament means special agreements because both Jews and Christians believe God has made a special agreement with humankind (covenant). The Old Testament is very important to Christians, its historical writings of people were a preparation for the coming of Jesus. The Old Testament has 39 books. The New Testament has 27 books, four of which are the Gospels. These are very important to Christians as they tell the story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; people believe their names (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) ...read more.

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All Christians interpret the bible in different ways- some think it's the direct word of God, others think it's the word of God but written down in the personal styles of the writers, some think it has a much deeper meaning and aims to make people think for themselves and lift their understanding about their position on Earth. People believe that its teachings are eternal, as human nature does not change and so the teachings written all those years ago are just as relevant today as they were back then. * How is the Bible is used in corporate and private worship? Christians use the Bible in many different ways. When in a congregation (corporate worship) lessons from the Bible are read out and the congregation will listen. Every Sunday the bible will be read throughout the World- as Sunday is the holy day and the Day of rest. ...read more.

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Some Christians set aside a few minutes per day to pray privately and study certain aspects of the Bible. Many open the Bible at a random page, and the passage they read will guide them through their day. 'The Daily Offices' is the name given to collections of various prayers, psalms and readings. A certain passage may be read a few times, slowly so Christians can interpret its meaning, and think deeply about its words- they may then say a little prayer. Christians who follow liturgical styles of worship (set-out activities) see worship as sacramental and receive deep religious and spiritual meanings out of worship. Those who follow non-liturgical styles tend to be part of more spoken presentations and responses. In worship the Bible enables them express their faith, strengthen their daily lives and can be expressed through everyday activities such as art, music and greeting others. The bible is used in ALL aspects of worship~ Personal prayer, Eucharist, festivals are just some examples. Faye Oliver 11H ...read more.

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