Présentation de l'éditeur
It is widely asserted - without distinction of religious denomination - that the Bible is the word of God. Although He did not write it directly Himself, the author is not man or men (inasmuch as some forty men drafted it) but God. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, men compiled the Bible (which is a miniature library) in all its parts, generally known as: the “Old and New Testaments”.
Those that accept the canonical writings know that the Bible is composed of 66 books: 39 belong to the Old Testament and 27 to the New Testament. Those instead that do not adhere to only the canonical writings, believe that the number of books of the Bible is different and that there are more than 66 books.
Recognizing the sure truth that the Bible is God’s book, as it is commonly called: “The Word of God”, we must keep in mind that He did not cause His book to be written for Himself; nor even for use by His angels, nor for all the heavenly hosts, but only for man; that is to say for all humanity, without regard to social status, colour of skin or place of residence. By the phrase “place of residence”, we mean to refer to planet Earth, without thought that there are others in various parts of the Universe.
If we accept that the Bible was written for man, the Author of this book which is to say God, wanted to make Himself known to His creation and at the same time make man aware of His interest in him. This means that God has given everything necessary in His Word so that man, whom He created, may enjoy blessings both for spiritual as well as material life.
Moreover, knowing that man will not live forever on earth, God, through His book, wanted to enlighten man, not only for earthly life, but also for eternal life, i.e. life beyond the grave. The “imperatives” that God caused to be written in His book have this precise goal, even though it did not appeal to men throughout the ages to submit to direction, commandments or exhortations.
Everything that we write in this book, speaking specifically about the “imperatives of the Bible”, will be in regard to the concepts of: direction, order, exhortation and prayer (this last one not meaning a devotional exercise, but as an invitation to receive, to welcome something that comes from God and His Word).