=) Weird tittle.
Anyway, I decided to share some of my bible culture with my readers. I'll just try to give an overeall understanding of it now, and maybe specify on future posts.
The bible is a collection of 66 books divided in 2 parts, Old Testament and New testament. Testament means Pact. The old testament is about the pact God had made with people, in other words, what they had to do to be ok in His book. The first 5 books of the bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy ) are called the Torah, which is the book jewish people use. ( More info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torah ) The bible is said to be God's word, inspired by him through dozens of different writers, starting with moses and ending in the apostles, in the new testament, so, thousands of years apart from each other.
The NT is the new pact God made with humanity. Unlike the old testament it's not confined to Jewish people, With the new testament God wants to reach everyone. For that effect he sends Jesus to be the scape goat for humanity's sins, enabeling us to return to God. Religions means Religare, re connect. So we're able to reconnect with God now, through Jesus. Salvation is now free, "by grace" : (Ephesians 2:8-9) - "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast." The NT is composed by 4 gospels which are descriptions of Jesus' life and what the taught while he was alive, as seen by 4 different apostles, Paul, Matthew, Luke and John. They are basically the same with a few variations of perspective.
Then the rest of the new testament is composed of letters written by the apostles to the churches they were forming in Greece, Italy... Corinthians I and II for example were letters addressed to the church of Corinth. In these letters they tell the news and answer questions theye've been asked, discuss certain issues concerning problems and doubts, etc.
The last book is Revelation, or Apocalipse which is prophecies written by one apostle (I think John) about visions he had concerning the end of times. In other words, it's about the second coming of Jesus, the signs preceding it, how it will happen, what will happen after, the great tribulation will follow the second coming of Jesus. All the saved souls will rise with Jesus and be having a big party in heaven for 7 years during wich people still on earth will suffer the great tribulation during which the antichrist will reign and all the demons will be set free on earth. It explains how it will be and everything that will happen with creepy details about diseases and etc. At this time people can still be saved if they let themselves be killed by the antichrist by not subjecting to him or adoring him. At the time people will have to have the number of the beast in them, and that will allow them to sell and buy things, food, etc. The first 3 and a half years of the antichrist reigning will be peaceful, he will be the sole commander of the planet... the other 3 and a half years it will be nasty. Then the earth will be renewed, and there will be 1000 years of peace. The animals will be vegetarians, it says the tigers will eat grass. During this time the Chosen Ones - the people that were saved by the time jesus came and met him in the clouds , along with the dead ones that rose from the graves at that time, and had been having a big dinner party in heaven, by now will live in a place called New jerusalem, a place floating in the sky above the new earth and will be judges along with God. Then there will be the final judgement, either beefore or after the 1000 years, I don't remember. And there will be a battle between Jesus and Satan, which Jesus will win, known as the Battle of Armaggedon.
In the old testament there are the most books, some are stories of people's lifes like Job, some are a mix of that and prophecies such as the book of Daniel, Isaac, Ruth, etc... Some are songs and prayers, poems, proverbs made by David and King Salomon, etc. The book of Numbers is the dullest, because it's all about geneology.... Joshua was the son of blablab and blablabla, who was born of bla and bla, who was married to bla and bared children of blablabla and they were called blablablabla ...
Exodus is about the Jews being rescued from being slaves in Egipt and starting their 40 year exodus on their way to the promissed land - Canaan, which is now Israel. They killed many people on their way there. They had a sacred arc with them, as long as they had it with them God promissed they would win every battle. And they did. There are great stories in the old testament.
Well, time for bed. Hope this was interesting.