The books of the Bible were written entirely by Hebrew people in a Hebraic culture in their unique historical context. As such, the Bible must be understood from that cultural perspective. It is primarily centered on the people of God, not the world in general. Other nations are mentioned in the context of the people of God and in relation to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. 

The Bible books were written to the people to whom they are originally addressed. However, all nations can still benefit from the message of the Bible. It has come down through the ages for all people, but it was not written to all people.

Having an understanding of this distinction begins to eliminate some of the speculation, specifically in the realm of the prophetic writings, where modern commentators and preachers attempt to insert current events into prophetic symbols that had specific meanings to the original audience thousands of years ago. Looked at in their plain context, the Bible is a wonderful witness to the faithfulness and fulfillment of the plan of God through the ages.

This is why I believe the Bible is the authoritative sacred text taking precedence over other religious traditions in the world. The story of the Hebrew people outlined in the Bible matches reliably to the historical record of the ages available for anyone to study independently.

The beauty of the Bible is that it is not meant to be a religion per se, but that it is a revelation of the God of the universe to his Creation outlining beneficial patterns, cycles, and guidelines for his people, which ultimately culminates in all people coming to a knowledge of his authority and rulership.

[Gen 22:18 NASB] 18 “In your [Abraham’s] seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

[Psa 86:9 NASB] 9 All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name.

[Isa 2:2 NASB] 2 Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.

[Jer 3:17 NASB] 17 “At that time they will call Jerusalem ‘The Throne of the LORD,’ and all the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the name of the LORD; nor will they walk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart.

It is this universality of the Bible that contains its greatest appeal, and demonstrates the true nature of the equality of all people before our common Creator.

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