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All That You Have To Know About the History of the Holy Bible

Holy Bible

The Bible is the holy book of Christians. It is a compilation of the scripts of Jews and Christians. Since the book is a compilation of works written by various people at different points of time, no single person can take the credit as an author. There is one common ideology that flows through the whole of the scripture. It beautifully illustrates the relationship between human beings and God from the beginning of time and God’s authority over them. This is recognized as the highest selling book even today. So let’s get to see its history.

Holy Bible

How did the book come into existence?

Like I stated earlier, there are a lot of Jewish and Catholic works that make up the Holy Bible. They were all written by different people under different circumstances. So the effort to put Bible together was not a simple task. The book is divided into two large portions, the Old Testament and the New Testament. In simple words, the history of Christians before the arrival of Jesus Christ is Old Testament, and after his arrival in the New Testament.

Old Testament:

Old Testament was believed to be written in a period where only a few people would be literates capable of writing a manuscript. The Biblical contexts state that the book was by Moses, a Godly man, who is believed to have received a vision from God of all that happened right from the creation of the earth. The scrolls of some of the works that form a major part of the Old Testament were found in the Dead Sea. Then the scrolls were excavated and brought to proper form. This book was considered as the rule book of Jews, the Orthodox Christians who lived prior to the arrival of Christ.

New Testament:

The New Testament constitutes of 4 Gospels. 4 Gospels, written by four different people has the same storyline. The Gospels begin from the birth the Christ and come to an end with his resurrection. However, these four books show some minor variations. After this comes to the works of Apostles and the history of how they stood together to spread the religion across the globe and the persecutions they faced.

The holy book took a proper form for the first time in 4th Century during the rule of the Roman King, Constantine, through the Council of Nicaea. However, the book was prone to a lot of changes, minor additions and deletions till the 13th century.


The book was first documented in the Hebrew language. Now the book holds the record for being translated into a maximum number of languages. It is also recognized as the highest selling book every single year. The book is now found in more than five recognized version, like the Good News Version, New English Translation, American Standard Version, King James Version, etc. The versions vary in terms of the language used.

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The Differences Between Catholicism and Protestantism

Catholicism and Protestantism

Catholicism and Protestantism are the two major groups that prevail in Christianity. There is a long list of difference between them but some of the major differences between the two groups are as follows:

Catholicism and Protestantism

The Global Leader:

As far as Catholicism is concerned, it is the Pope who has governance over the Catholic Churches all over the world and these Popes are believed to take the lineage of St.Peter, the first pope of the Catholic Church. Protestants do differ here. They believe that having to be under the Papal rule differs with the ideals of Christianity. Protestants do have a global head, but there are not any strict rules that the Protestant groups profess.

The Perspective of the Bible:

Christians and Protestants have their own understanding of the Bible. They have opposite theories to a lot of major things that are given in the Bible. To begin with, Christians and Protestants follow different versions of the same Bible. There Bible doesn’t have some of the works of Old Testament. Though Catholics do not have it under the Old Testament category, they have listed these books under a head called the Apocalyptical Books.

The Practice of the Holy Sacraments:

Catholics follow seven holy sacraments. These are mandatory in the lives of every Catholic individual. Protestants do not follow all of them. They only follow two major sacraments. Taking up priestly vows is a part of the sacrament and Catholics uphold the principles of Chastity and Celibacy. But Protestant church leaders argue that a priest can get married and still be capable of performing the holy rites. The concept of nunnery is not prevalent in Protestantism.

Saint worship:

Catholics believe in the idea of Saint-worship. They take up festivals and grand celebrations on the feast days of the legendary saints who sacrificed their lives for the betterment of Christianity and were capable of performing miracles. Catholics also adore Mother Mary. But Protestants are strongly against these two concepts. They believe saints are also human beings and it is not right to revere them as Godly people.

The Act of Ecumenism:

Despite the differences between the different groups of Christianity, off lately a lot of steps are being taken to unite them, and one such thing is Ecumenism. Ecumenism is a term that is used to represent the unity of the different groups of Christianity. The Church also celebrates something called the ‘Ecumenical Week.’ It is a week-long celebration, during which various efforts are taken to unite the people of these groups. The message of unity is spread among the Christian people all over the world. Though it is not possible to unite them permanently, they celebrate major festivals together evincing signs of love, unity, and brotherhood. The religious leaders at the regional level and the global level meet each other on a regular basis to maintain a friendly relationship brushing aside all the difference. If not in the near feature, sometime down the line the possibility of unification is believed to happen.

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