By: Mike Stokes
The word Bible comes from the Greek term, ta biblia, meaning, the books. I was stunned to read some statistics of Gideon International, the statistic is that every day the Gideon International distribute 200,000 copies of the Bible somewhere in the world. That figure just represents only copies that the Gideons hand-distribute. Many other organizations and publishers are churning out Bibles in untold numbers. Publishers love the Bible because it is the best seller of all time year after year.
The Bible can change peoples lives. I like the way it was put long ago by an anonymous writer whose little article (Below) about the Bible appeared in an 1891 Christian publications for British railroad workers. The heading of the article was: “The King of Books.” The words of this little piece well express my view of Scripture:
“The Bible is the mind of God, and reveals the state of man, the way of salvation, and doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you; food to supply you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrims staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s chart. Here paradise is restored, heaven opens, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgement, and remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and condemn all who trifle with its content.” [sic] (Author unknown)
That is indeed a strong endorsement of the Bible by an unknown writer. No book has ever had an impact on the world like the Bible. It is the most reliable book in the world. It’s the most popular and powerful book on earth, and it’s influence just gets stronger. Many spurn it, attack it, trash it, and even burn it. But it outlives all its critics while, at the same time, transforming the lives of all who will receive its message. “The grass withereth the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40: 8).