The Bible is a collection of 66 books that tell about God's action in the world and His intentions for His creation. It's been described as God's message for the human race, or sometimes as God's guide for living life to the full. It was written over a period of 1600 years and is made up of histories, letters, biographies, proverbs, prophecies, poems and parables. Christians believe the authors were inspired by God to record all of these different writings.
The Bible covers the entire history of the world — starting with God's creation, and ending, in the book of Revelation, with the return of Christ.
Some critics say that the Bible is nothing more than a collection of folk tales — but that cannot be true because the facts it contains have been routinely verified by historians and archaeologists. But it is so much more than just a history book — it contains great wisdom and truth.
The Bible is really the story of Jesus. It's divided into two parts: the Old Testament which tells the story of the founding and early history of the nation of Israel; and the New Testament, which is the story of Jesus. The nation — Israel — was the way God chose to bring Jesus into the world.
In the New Testament, Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament. He lived a perfect life, died to become our Saviour, and rose from the dead. The New Testament closes with a prediction of Jesus’ return to judge the unbelieving world and free creation from the curse of sin.