Soteriology: A Comparative Study of Yoruba Ifa Mythology and Christianity (Final Series no. 13)

The Bible is Christians’ spiritual nourishment that fulfills their lives’ purpose – (1Peter 2:2, Matt 4:4, 1 Cor. 3:2, and Psalm 119:103). The Bible is about humankind falling into sin and God’s determination to save humankind; so from Genesis to Revelation, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, resonates. Applying God’s word (Bible) is a vital part of Christians’ relationship with God; it is the evidence of obedience to Him. Hastings refers to the Bible as a title of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, though occasionally, by a loose usage of the term, it is applied to the sacred writings of pagan religions[1].

The name “Bible” is derived from a Greek word Biblia originating in biblos, the inner bark of papyrus (paper), literally meaning ‘Little books’: but since the diminutive had come into common use in late popular Greek apart from its specific signification, the term means ‘books.’ [2]

Several excellent passages in the Bible summarize the required message of the Gospel, but none is more apparent than 1 Cor. 15: 1-4:
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the Gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this Gospel, you are saved if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received, I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

[1] James Hastings, Hastings Dictionary of the Bible, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers Inc. 2001), 95
[2] Hastings, 95

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