Jewels For The Journey

No other book has survived the centuries unaltered as has the Bible. It has been hated and hounded as no other book down through the ages. It has successfully withstood the attacks of atheism, skepticism, rationalism, pantheism, modernism and its many other enemies.

Voltaire once said, "The Bible will be a short-lived book." The years proved Voltaire to be wrong and the very house in which he lived was used to store Bibles.

The Communist dictionary issued by the Soviet State Publishing house describes the Bible as a "Collection of fantastic legends without scientific support." Lenin once declared, "I expect to live long enough to attend the funeral of all religion." Lenin has long since been dead, the Bible and religion has never been more alive.

Thomas Paine once stated, "Within 50 years the Bible will be a forgotten Book." But years later, the very press he used to print this statement was being used to print Bibles.

Bob Ingersoll once boasted, "I am going to put the Bible out of business." But the years proved Ingersoll wrong and his very desk was later used to prepare Bible lessons. Yes, the Bible has had many enemies. They have lived and died - BUT THE BOOK LIVES ON! Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35).

Why has the Bible stood the test of time? Charles H. Spurgeon once told of a minister who was sent to see an old lady and while he was there thought he would give her some precious promises from the Word of God. Taking her Bible and turning to one, he saw written in the margin "P" and he asked, "What does this mean?"

"That means precious, sir," she replied. Further down he saw "T and P" and he asked what those letters meant. "That," she said, "Means tried and proved, for I have tried and proved it."

What about you? Have you tried and proven it?
© Dr. Calvin Evans

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