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Basic Bible Teachings​—Supplementary Information

Lesson 1.1 | About the Bible—Can the Bible Help You?

How Can We Be Sure the Bible Is True?

If the Bible was authored by God, it should be like no other book ever written.

Who Is the Author of the Bible?

If it was written by men, can it rightly be called the Word of God? Whose thoughts does the Bible contain?

A Book to Be Understood

Four factors prove that the Bible is meant to be understood by all people.

How to Find Scriptures in Your Bible

Listed here are the 66 books of the Bible in the order used by most translations. The book name is followed first by the chapter number and then by the number of the verse.

The Bible and Accurate Science

Would you expect ancient holy books to harmonize with modern science? The Bible does just that.

Prophecy​—A Perfect Record

Human efforts to predict even the near future are notoriously ambiguous and unreliable. Bible prophecies, in contrast, are far-reaching, detailed, and always come true.

Is the Bible Just a Good Book?

Why would people risk their lives to read or just own a Bible?

The Bible​—A Harmonious Library

The Bible is a collection of books written by different men, in different places, at different times, yet it claims to have just one Author, and it presents a unified message.

For Me, God Did Not Exist

How did one individual whose youth was shaped by the ideologies of atheism and Communism come to appreciate the Bible?

My Life Was Going From Bad to Worse

Stephen McDowell was a violent young man, but a murder that he did not commit made him resolve to change his life.

Lesson 1.2 | Who Is God, the Creator?

God’s Name in Bible Manuscripts

The Leningrad Codex is the oldest complete version of the Hebrew Scriptures. Also, see images of the Nash Papyrus, the Great Isaiah Scroll, and more.

English Translations That Use God’s Name

See translations from five centuries that have rendered the divine name in various ways.

Who Is Jehovah?

Is he the God of just one people, such as the Israelites?

How Many Names Does God Have?

People may think that God has names that include ‘Allah,’ ‘Alpha and Omega,’ ‘El Shaddai,’ and ‘Jehovah-Jireh.’ Does it matter what we call God?

Who Made God?

Does believing that God has always existed violate common sense?

Has Anyone Ever Seen God?

Does the Bible contradict itself when it says in one place that “no man has seen God,” and in another place that Moses “saw the God of Israel”?

Is God Everywhere, Omnipresent?

Does the Bible teach that God is everywhere? Why can you be confident that he resides in a specific place, yet also knows you personally?

I Was Bitter at Heart and Violent

What made a street fighter from Mexico want to transform his personality?

Lesson 2.1 | Who Is Jesus?

Introduction to Matthew

Enjoy learning basic facts about this Bible book, the first of the four Gospels.

Introduction to Mark

The shortest of the Gospels, Mark’s account provides a glimpse of Jesus’ future rulership as King of God’s Kingdom.

Introduction to Luke

What information does the Gospel of Luke contain that is unique?

Introduction to John

John’s account highlights Jesus’ love for mankind, his example of humility, and his identity as the Messiah​—the future King of God’s Kingdom.

Is Jesus Almighty God?

What did Jesus say about his position in relation to God?

Jesus Saves​—How?

Why do we need Jesus to plead for us? Is belief in Jesus all that we need to be saved?

Was Jesus Married? Did Jesus Have Siblings?

Since the Bible does not specifically comment on Jesus’ marital status, how can we know whether or not he was married?

Women​—Respect and Dignity Under God’s Care

What can we learn from Jesus’ behavior and attitude towards women?

After Jesus’ Resurrection, Was His Body Flesh or Spirit?

The Bible says that Jesus was “made alive in the spirit,” so how could his disciples see and touch him after he was raised up?

“Jehovah Had Not Forgotten Me”

This deeply religious woman finally found Scriptural answers to her questions about why we die and what happens after death. Learn how the truth changed her life.

Lesson 2.2 | Who Are the Angels?

The Truth About Angels

There is no better place to look for reliable answers about angels than in the Bible.

Who or What Are Angels?

How many of them exist? Do they have individual names and personalities?

Are Demons Real?

What are demons? Where do they come from?

Can the Devil Control Humans?

How does the Devil influence people, and how can you avoid his traps?

Why You Should Beware of Spiritism

Are you curious about spiritism? If so, it would be good to ask, is spiritism helpful or harmful? Are there any hidden dangers?

Where Does the Devil Live?

The Bible says that the Devil was cast out of heaven. Where is Satan now?

Is the Devil Real?

Is the Devil just a principle of evil that exists in humans, or is he a real person?

Three Questions Changed My Life

When teacher and student changed roles, Doris Eldred found satisfying answers to her questions about life.

Lesson 2.3 | Why Did God Create Humans?

How Did Life Get Its Start?

The fact is, many educated people​—including a number of scientists​—question the validity of the theory of evolution.

Does Science Agree With the Bible?

Are there scientific errors in the Bible?

What is Paradise?

Is it in heaven or a real place on earth? Who can live there?

What Does the Bible Say About Free Will? Is God in Control?

Many believe their lives are controlled by fate. Do our choices have a bearing on our success in life?

What Is the Meaning of Life?

Have you ever wondered, ‘What is the purpose of life?’ Learn how the Bible answers that question.

“They Wanted Me to Prove the Truth to Myself”

Luis Alifonso wanted to become a Mormon missionary. How did studying the Bible change his goals and his life?

The Promise of a Paradise Earth Changed My Life!

Ivars Vigulis built his life around the fame, glory, and thrill of motorcycle racing. How did Bible truths have an impact on his life?

Lesson 3.1 | Why Do Suffering and Evil Exist?

What Is the Condition of the Dead?

The Bible promises a time when many people will be resurrected from the dead, just as Lazarus was.

What Is Sin?

Are some sins worse than others?

What Is the Soul?

Is it something inside you? Will it live on after you die?

What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment?

Are the wicked punished in a fiery hell? Is it the penalty for sin? Read Scriptural answers to these questions.

Why Did God Allow the Holocaust to Happen?

Many have asked why a loving God would permit so much suffering. The Bible provides satisfying answers!

Bible Truth Satisfied My Thirst for Answers

Mayli Gündel stopped believing in God when her father died. How did she gain true faith and find inner peace?

Lesson 3.2 | How Does God Save Us From Death?

How Is Jesus’ Sacrifice “a Ransom for Many”?

How does the ransom provide redemption from sin?

What Is Salvation?

What is the way to salvation? And what is a person saved from?

What Is Forgiveness?

The Bible provides five steps that can help you to forgive someone.

Will God Forgive Me?

Consider what the Bible says about how to receive God’s forgiveness.

What Is the Resurrection?

You might be surprised at who will be brought back to life.

How Can You Live Forever?

The Bible promises that those who do God’s will can live forever. Consider three things he wants us to do.

The Bible Changes Lives​—November 2012

How did a successful career woman, a gambler, and a man disillusioned with life find true happiness?

Lesson 3.3 | How Will God End Suffering and Evil?

Is the Kingdom of God in Your Heart?

What does the Bible mean when it says that “the kingdom of God is within you”?

What Will God’s Kingdom Accomplish?

Learn what you can expect when God’s government rules over the earth.

Peace on Earth—How Will It Come?

Learn how God promises to bring world peace by means of his Kingdom.

What Is the Sign of “the Last Days,” or “End Times”?

The Bible describes events or conditions that would precede the “end of the world.”

What Does Bible Chronology Indicate About the Year 1914?

The prophecy of the “seven times” in Daniel chapter 4 pinpoints a critical time for human rulership.

“I No Longer Feel That I Have to Change the World”

How did studying the Bible help a social activist learn the source of true change for mankind?