Chapter 1 - The Bible and its Purpose for Mankind

It can be said that modern Bibles are generally easy to read, especially to English speaking people, however, the message being conveyed is not always easily understood. This paradox has been a source of controversy since the Bible became available to the common people some 400 years ago, and out of those controversies have emerged a variety of churches, theological colleges and groups that have devised opposing beliefs and opinions about what the Bible’s message is.

All church denominations within Christianity each claim to have ‘the truth,’ yet they fail to agree on some of the most basic principles (e.g. Communion; when to celebrate it and with what elements). The question is then raised, who has the REAL truth and do the things Christians believe and associate with really matter - especially to God?

In essence, the Bible reveals not only that it was God who created all life on the Earth, but also how He has dealt with mankind in various ways since that time. The Old Testament records His dealings with the nation of Israel and the various ways they rebelled against Him over many generations.

The Bible also reveals that God used Israel as His means of destroying races of people in Canaan, which is an issue not often understood by Christians. This is explained in more detail in Chapter 2.

The Bible identifies how God pleaded with Israel to return back to Him but as a nation they preferred to be like the other nations – secular, sinful and offensive to Him. He warned and then chastened Israel because of its repeated acts of rebellion, so the Bible contains many lessons to be learned about mankind’s good and bad characteristics as seen from God’s perspective. In other words, as history has a habit of repeating itself, all Christians should learn from the mistakes the Israelites made. This is particularly important considering its leaders had a unique relationship with God and scripture records an instance where He spoke to them as a nation directly:

(Exo 19:16–19) "And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount[ain], and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. {17} And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether [or lowest] part of the mount. {18} And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. {19} And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice."

(Exo 20:18–21)  "And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. {19} And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. {20} And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. {21} And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was."

The Bible also reveals how God has dealt with other nations that became world empires such as Egypt, Babylon, the Medes and Persians, the Greek and Roman – and it can be seen through the pages of our history books that these former world powers have been reduced to a few crumbling ruins scattered throughout various nations.

Scripture also reveals how God raised up certain rulers and nations for His purposes on the Earth and destroyed them because they have perverted His purposes. This is because they have succumbed to Satan’s plan of corrupting what God has given them. Rebellion towards doing His will offends and frustrates God, because His desire is that His creation is to live together in peace and harmony on the Earth, whereas it is Satan’s will to have everyone hate and kill each other.

The Bible contains two good examples of how God both raised up and destroyed Pharaoh in Egypt in the days of Moses, and how He made Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon a world ruler in the days of Daniel:

(Rom 9:17–18)  "For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. {18} Therefore hath he [God] mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth."

(Exo 9:12)  "And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses."

The Bible records what God said about Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon:

(Jer 27:5–7)  "I [God] have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet [or appropriate] unto me. {6} And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, MY SERVANT; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him. {7} And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him."

The Book of Daniel records that God gave King Nebuchadnezzar a dream that Daniel was able to interpret. The interpretation symbolized a warrior that would rule the known world from the days of Nebuchadnezzar (Babylon – the golden head) to the last days – an empire yet to emerge, symbolized as feet made from iron mixed with clay. Daniel described the image’s other bodily parts as representing the empire of the Medes and Persians (the silver breast and arms), the Greek empire (Alexander the Great – belly and thighs of brass) and the Roman empire (representing the two legs of iron). The body of this warrior is described in the verses of scripture below:

(Dan 2:32–34)  [Daniel speaking to Nebuchadnezzar], "This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, {33} His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. {34} Thou sawest till that a stone [Jesus] was cut out without hands, which smote [or broke] the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces."

This introductory chapter aims to help the reader appreciate that God has had a long term purpose for placing people on the Earth and for placing kings and rulers over them for His purposes of discovering what type of heart they have.

(Psa 7:9)  "Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins."

It is God's desire to one day live upon the Earth with His creation (Rev 21:1-3). He is not going to allow anyone to spend eternity with Him if they are likely to rebel against Him and His authority if he or she has a tendency to rebel against Him.

God gives every person one lifetime on the Earth to accept Christ as their Savior and go on to purify their hearts and demonstrate their love and devotion towards their Creator and God. This eBook aims to show how that is achieved.

View Extracts of Book Contents

Chapter 1 - The Bible and its Purpose for Mankind

Chapter 2 - The Generations of the Earth

Chapter 3 - The Spirit World and How it Functions

Chapter 4 - Our Personal Body, Soul and Spirit

Chapter 5 - How Does a Christian 'Walk in the Spirit'

Chapter 6 - Conclusion