I get this questions in various shapes and sizes, all the time. “How did we get the Bible we have today?” “How do we know that the Christian Bible is really God’s Word?” “Why are these particular writings in the Bible and not some of the other religiuos writings that come from the same time period?” Etc. There are great answers to all of those questions. In order to help you really get this, I need to explain a few terms and concepts, so hang with me on that. My hope is that you’ll find all of it very practical and helpful. And that by the end of the article you’ll say, “Okay, now I’ve got a decent grip on how we got our Bible!” Ready? Okay, let’s dive into this thing!
The Bible is a Book of books. Sixty-six of them to be exact! Thirty-nine books make up the Old Testament and twenty-seven make up the New Testament. Sixty-six books, written by 40+ different authors, over a period of 1,500 years! Containing over 300 prophecies about the Messiah (all of which Jesus fulfilled perfectly, a statistical miracle in and of itself!). No other “sacred text” even comes close to being able to make a claim like this. It’s fantasitc! You can clearly see God’s grace and plan of redemption in every single book! Many scholars call this the “scarlet thread”—in reference to the blood of Jesus. You can see God’s plan to send Jesus as our Savior in EVERY BOOK! But that’s another article…
Sunday school teachers from as far back as anyone can remember have used bible story crafts to engage the hearts and minds of their little pupils and teach them about the bible. Everything from hand puppets to paper chains possess the ability to assist teachers in their mission to make the bible fun and relevant. Crafts are an effective way to teach young children for three reasons. First, many children learn better if they can be active participants in the lesson they are learning. Second, young children have notoriously short attention spans and crafts can help them to stay focused for longer periods of time. Third and last, crafts allow teachers to decorate their Sunday school space and allow them to send something home with children that can possibly teach and edify their parents.
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When comparing the size of text in regular print Bibles to the size in large print Bibles, there really is no comparison. It all comes down to point size.
What’s point size? Glad you asked. Point size is the measure of “x-height” in any font. X-Height is literally the distance between the top of a lowercase x and the bottom of a lowercase x in points.
OK. What are points? Another good question. A point is 1/72 of an inch, or .01388″. Therefore, it takes 72 points to make up an inch. Interestingly enough, our computer screens are based on the same concept. Screen resolution is traditionally 72 pixels per inch.
Many Christians balk at the mention of critical thinking. They associate the phrase with skepticism and “criticism” of the Bible and of religion in general; thus, they want nothing to do with it. “Critical thinking” gets taught at colleges and places where they use reason and logic to lure children away from the faith their parents taught them.
While university professors have often stolen away children in the name of “critical thinking,” the unbelieving skepticism promoted by these types does not deserve the label: it is not “critical” in the least bit, at least not in the biblical sense of the term.