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1.0 Bibles Before 1611
1.1 Background: The English Reformation
1.2 Background: The Development of Printing
1.3 Wycliffe: The First English Translation
1.4 Knox: Supporting the Reformation
2.0 King James Verson 1611
2.1 Favoured Version for 300 Years
2.2 Rules for Translators
2.3 The Canon of Scripture
2.4 Tyndale's Earlier Work
2.5 Coverdale & the Great Bible
2.6 Support from Luther
3.0 Modern Versions
3.1 Updating the KJV
3.2 Methods of Translation
3.3 Word for Word Versions
3.4 Thought for Thought Versions
3.5 English Translations of the Latin Bible
3.6 Which Translation for Me?
4.0 What the Bible Says
4.1 God the Creator
4.2 The Word of God
4.3 God's Word in Prophecy
4.4 The Jews - God's Witnesses
4.5 Jesus - God's Son
4.6 Jesus - The Coming King
4.7 Our Need for God
4.8 God's Love for Us
4.9 Our Response
5.0 Where to Start
5.1 God's Inspired Word
6.0 We Would Like to Help
6.1 Conclusion
4.1 God the Creator

God The Creator

The Bible starts “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1 AV) This is clearly not a scientific statement. The Bible is written in simple language about profound and wonderful things.

The Bible says, Job in approximately 2000 BC was told  “God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing”(Job 26:7 NLT).  How amazing this describes so simply current photographs of earth from space.

David says in Psalm 8, When I consider the heavens the work of your hands - what is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:3 & 4 AV). I think of this when on an aircraft peering through white fluffy clouds to earth below. We really are very small in the grand universe.

Yet, humans were unique in creation and God was initially “very pleased” (Gen 1:31). Men and women were recipients of great blessings and were created to “show the characteristics of the creator himself” - love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, and faithfulness. But they failed, and God had to address the situation with various interventions by prophets, kings, and priests. Then “the word of God was sent in the form of His son Jesus” (John 1:14) and he showed us how to live, by example.

Jesus bridged the vast gap that had opened because humans had ignored their Creator. Human beings still ignore God’s principles and are getting into great difficulties because of it.

However God’s plan recovers the situation as shown in following exhibition panels.

Every designer/creator produces an operation manual. So it is with God’s creation and his manual the Bible. We ignore it to our cost. The Bible tells us, “ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and heavens - through everything God made they can see his invisible qualities his eternal power and divine nature” (Rom 1:20 NLT). Job eventually came to know His creator through looking at Creation and listening to God - “I had only heard about you before, but now I see you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance” (Job 42:5 & 6 NLT). Such was his perception of an Almighty God in creation it moved him to sit in dust and ashes, he was mortified for questioning God the creator.

We are also told that God will not allow humans to destroy his creation.

For me God’s creative work continues and his manual the Bible is as relevant today as it ever was, giving me structure in life and hope for the future. God will intervene and save his Creation as promised.

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