Holy Bible Most Popular Inspired Book in the World
My question is, "Why Bible has become the most popular book in the world?" Why, as per reference.com as at 13th June, 2016, the number of total Bibles printed are 6,001,500,000. Each year about 50 million new copies of the Holy Bible are added to this total. The world has approximately 6,900 languages. The Word of God is already translated into 450 languages. It is been translated into 1300 more languages. New Testament is been translated into 1,185 languages. As per 'Economist' in 2007, number of Bibles sold per year is 100 million. It is difficult to assess how many copies have circulated to date. Moreover, the fact that there is no single version of the Bible makes it hard to know exactly how many copies are sold every year in modern times.
The Worldometers.info gives the world population as 7,429,093,088 (June 13th, 2016) and the distribution of religions as Christian 31.59% , Muslims 23.2%, Hindus 15.0%, Buddhist 7.1%, Sikh 0.35%, Jewish 0.22%, Baha'i etc. 0.11%, other religions 10.83%, non-religious 9.66%, atheists 16%. (2016 estimate).
As per above Worldometers.info 2.173 billion are Christians. The faith of all these people is based on the Holy Bible or the Word of God. All the Christians believe in One Almighty God, in Holy Trinity, death and everlasting life. They all believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, "The Word" (John 1:1). Why one third of the world populations believe in the Holy Bible or the Word of God? All these Christians believe that the Word of God is infallible and inspired by God. Day by day this number is getting increased just like number of births per day is getting increased by thousands. God is inspiring the people to read and believe in The Word of God. Day by day inspiration of God over the authors who wrote the Bible or the Word of God is been proved with new findings. As the world is developing the sciences, the subjects like Archaeology and Bibliography are better understood. Archaeologists are inspired to find more sites which have biblical background. More and more findings will expose the Bible to a better understanding. The facts mentioned in the Bible, ultimately will prove the Words, 40 authors have written in 73 books under one theme. Omnipotence God has inspired these authors to interpret the Word of God in different languages. His breathe or the inspiration has made them understand His utterances. The sciences which are based on the creation of God will ultimately prove that The Holy Bible is really inspired by God himself by nobody else.
Bible Verse prove itself as the Word of God inspired
Out of all the books in the world The Holy Bible or the Inspired Word of God is Unique in survival, Unique in withstanding external attacks, unique in continuity, unique in circulation, unique in translation , unique in theme, and unique as one book with 73 books.The book is unique because it is inspired by God. No other book is inspired by any god in any other religion. Therefore word of God inspired or the Holy Bible is a unique book to date. These unique facts are proved by the Bible itself. As per words of St. Paul to Timothy: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim. 3:16), The survived theme "redemption of the fallen man by the death and rising of Christ" as revealed by God the father in the Bible. Moses was inspired by the Holy Spirit to name the redeemer with words "Seed of the woman" (Genesis 3:15). Prophet Isaiah was inspired by God to name the redeemer as "The Prince of Peace"(Isaiah 9:6). 800 years before the birth of Jesus Christ prophet Isaiah was inspired to prophesy the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem,His death after suffering and the resurrection of Jesus after 3 days. Prophet Daniel was inspired to name Jesus as "The Son of God" (Daniel 3:25) and as "The Son of Man" in (Daniel 7:13). Out of numerous examples these are only very few on the inspiration of God to write His word.
Therefore all the Christians believe in above facts. Billions of Christians in the world know that God has inspired the Holy Bible or the Word of God. These Christians are inspired by the Holy spirit as chosen and blessed through the sacrament of Baptism to focus their minds on the above facts and to base their faith on the inspired word of God. What other proof is required to prove that God who inspired the Christians to believe the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God.
The Book Word Of God Inspired was made into a BookHistory of The Word Of God is old as history of man dates back to 5000 years before the birth of Christ. The Bible or the Word of God was written in different materials as and when the materials got developed. Some were written on mud slabs. Some in stones, some in papyrus etc. The Bible did not just simply happen nor has it been preserved by accident or without effort.Some of the earliest preserved examples of writings were found in Egypt, consisting of inscriptions which appear to date back as far as 4000-5000 B.C. Writing existed for many centuries before Moses. Ancient writing materials consisted of many things before our modern type book evolved. Stone (cp. Ten Commandments, Ex. 20), clay, wood, pottery, leather, and papyrus were commonly used at different periods as material upon which to write. Leather (animal skins) was the primary material used by the Hebrews ("Old Testament") and papyrus (plant material) used to write New Testament. The book of Revelation used papyrus rolls. This was often the "book" during this time period (see Rev. 5: 1). The Papyrus roll (so called because when not in use, it was rolled up) was simply laid down, usually on the floor or ground, and rolled out to be read. About 600 years later, the papyrus roll was replaced by what is known as the papyrus codex. The codex manuscript is what we know today as a book, papyrus sheets placed together in the form of a book, instead of a roll). Parchment (improved animal skins) was also used. Vellum (parchment) became popular in about 199 B. C. For about 1,000 years parchment was commonly used in the making of some of the first copies of the original writings of the New Testament.
Evolved Word of God InspiredWe cannot assign an exact date or circumstance to the origin of the Word of God inspired or the Bible. For a considerable time, God orally and gradually communicated with man (Patriarchal Age, Gen. 2-Ex. 20, about 2, 500 years). The first person mentioned in the Bible as a recipient of written God's word is Moses, who lived about 1500 B.C. The Bible itself contributes six distinct writings to Moses (Ex. 17: 14; 24: 4; 34: 27, 28; Num. 33: 2; Deut. 31: 9, 24; 32: 1-43, cp. 31: 22). Moses has not written a scientific book to intellectuals. He has written to Israelite s who followed behind him to the Promised Land. Moses has written the creation as a form of a story so that people who lived at his time will understand. A modern writer would have followed some other style to present this story to the modern man. Moses Here in, the Bible is set apart from all other writings - the Bible is inspired or God breathed (2 Tim. 3: 16, 17). The very words were supplied to the men who wrote; hence, plenary inspiration.
For the first 300 years of Christianity, there was no Bible as we know it today. Christians had the Old Testament Septuagint, and literally hundreds of other books from which to choose. The Catholic Church realized early on that she had to decide which of these books were inspired and which ones weren't. The debates raged between theologians, Bishops, and Church Fathers, for several centuries as to which books were inspired and which ones weren't. In the meantime, several Church Councils or Synods were convened to deal with the matter, notably, Rome in 382, Hippo in 393, and Carthage in 397 and 419.
Pope St. Damasus I, at the Council of Rome in 382, issued a decree appropriately called,'The Decree of Damascus', in which he listed the canonical books of both the Old and New Testaments. He then asked St. Jerome to use this canon and to write a new Bible translation which included the Old Testament of 46 books, which were all in the Septuagint, and a New Testament of 27 books.