So, if I can challenge you in some way: take a year to study the Bible! Even if you study something else afterwards and if you are not planning on becoming a missionary. The temptations in our world are huge during the university years and throughout life and going well is essential- with knowledge and foundations in the Word of God! Think about studying at the Bible Institute and live your life to produce fruit that will bring glory to the Lord!
I was one year old when my parents divorced, and we moved away from my father. My father was a believer and sometimes when we met, he talked to me about God and the Bible. From the time I was young, my heart was always open towards God. I liked to hear stories about Him and enjoyed praying. At home, I did not know any believers and I did not have Christian friends. For years, I prayed every day and sometimes I read the Bible, but there was no one in my life who was able to disciple me. I soon headed in a bad direction with my unbelieving friends. I did a lot of bad things, things that I regretted. I was very far from God. I knew what I needed to do but was unable to do it. I did not understand how I could get into heaven after my death. When I was 18, someone invited me to the Word of Life winter camp, and I experienced there what I did not have the opportunity to experience before. I got to know a lot of Christian young people, who were full of joy, hope, and purpose. They showed me love. I understood that Jesus died for my sins, paying the price that I deserved, and rose again. This is the gift of God and I believed it.
After the Fall, there is the promise of the Seed to come, who would defeat the Serpent and rule with humanity (Gen. 3:15-16). This promise is traced through the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3; 15), Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 7), and New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-34). The Seed is identified as Jesus, the Abrahamic Descendant through whom all the world is blessed (Gal. 3:8; 16). The Davidic King who will rule on earth (Luke 1:32-33). The one through whose blood the New Covenant is inaugurated (Luke 22:20). And finally, the one who will return and rule with humanity over a new creation (Rev. 21-22). This overarching narrative is carried through all of Scripture, along with many other themes and patterns, such as the Melchizedekian priesthood (Gen 14:18; Ps. 110:4; Heb. 5:5-10; 6:19–7:22).
This unity of message and themes requires a single author. Yet, we know the Bible was written over 1500 years, by around 40 authors, in three languages, to different audiences, for various purposes. How do we put this together? The answer is that the Bible has many authors who were "carried along" by the Divine Author (2 Pet. 1:21). Their writings are diverse in their genres, emphases, and purposes, which shows that the authors are not forcing a unity of message. The unity of the message is coming from God.
This unity in diversity is a strong argument that the Bible is God's Word. And if it’s God's Word, then it’s trustworthy. I am so convinced of this that I have given my life to studying and applying God’s Word – you should too.