The Bible is far and away the most influential book in human history. It always will be. Because the scriptures are the words of God, recorded by men under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, Himself.
The Bible is an interesting book in many regards. It is a great book of history - much of it confirmed over and over again by modern archaeology and science. Over 23,000 times, historical and archaeological findings have confirmed stories in the Bible. No other ancient book can boast such a record of accuracy.
It is a phenomenal piece of literature, full of wisdom and stories - and they all have a striking unity. Indeed they all fit together to make up one story, the "great story" that flows from cover-to-cover in the Bible: Creation, Fall, Redemption. A story that, until Jesus, always points forward to Him. Then after Jesus, always points back at Him.
The Bible is an instructional book as well. It truly tells us how to live our "best life now." And it looks entirely different than the way some of America's most successful pastors describe it. But it also tells us that our best life is not happening now - our best life begins when this one ends. The apostle Paul says it this way, "to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil. 1.21).
And maybe most importantly, the Bible is a book of theology - revealed to us by God in order to teach us about Him. To teach us about us. And to teach us about the Man Jesus Christ, who is the Great Mediator between a holy God and sinful men.
In it's original texts, the Bible is inerrant and infallible. It will stand forever, and it is objective truth. The Bible is the source, and an inexhaustible fountain, of all wisdom. And though our modern translations and editions are not free from error, we can rest assured that the Holy Spirit, the invisible Author, will lead us into truth and unlock the meaning of the scriptures when rightly studied and treasured.