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"The Bible is worth all the other books which have ever been printed." Patrick Henry

"The Bible is a book, in comparison with which, all others in my eyes are of minor importance; which in all my perplexities and distresses has never failed to give me light and strength." Robert E. Lee

"The Bible is the sceptre by which the Heavenly King rules His Church." John Calvin

"The Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible is the religion of Christ's Church." Charles Spurgeon

"The truly wise man is he who always believes the Bible against the opinion of any man." R.A. Torrey

"The Word of God is above the Church." Thomas Cranmer

"I will put down all apparent inconsistencies in the Bible to my own ignorance."
Isaac Newton

"We must never edit God." A.W. Tozer

"If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if were now posterity to neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury our glory in profound obscurity." Daniel Webster

"Every thinking man, when he thinks, realises that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure what life would be if those teachings were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards to which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves." Theodore Roosevelt

"The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying." John Flavel

"I have done nothing; the Word has done and accomplished everything."
Martin Luther

"A Bible reading laity is a nation's surest defence against error." J.C. Ryle

"It is a miracle how God has so long preserved His Book! How great and glorious it is to have the Word of God!" Martin Luther


"The Christian feels that the tooth of time gnaws all books but the Bible19 centuries of experience have tested it. It has passed through critical fires no other volume has suffered and its spiritual truth has endured the flames and come out without so much as the smell of burning." W.E. Sangster

"Doers of the Word are the best hearers." Thomas Watson

"My conscience is captive to the Word of God." Martin Luther

"In regard to this great book, I have got to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it, we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in It." Abraham Lincoln

"A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world who has deprived himself of this, a knowledge of the Bible. When you have read the Bible, you will know that it is the Word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty." Woodrow Wilson

"In this age of space flight when we use the modern tools of science to advance into new regions of human activity, the Bibleremains in every way an up to date book. Our knowledge and use of the laws of nature that enable us to fly to the moon, also enable us to destroy our home planet with the atom bomb. Science itself does not address the question whether we should use the power at our disposal for good or for evil. The guidelines of what we ought to do are furnished in the moral Law of God." Wernher von Braun

"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."
Theodore Roosevelt

"Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; The Book widens and deepens with our years."
Charles Spurgeon

"Education is useless without the Bible." Noah Webster

"The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good, and the best corrective of all that is evil, in human society; the best Book for regulating the temporal concerns of men, and the only Book that can serve as an infallible guidethe principles of genuine liberty, and of wise laws and administrations, are to be drawn from the Bible and sustained by its authority. The man therefore, who weakens or destroys the Divine authority of that Book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer" Noah Webster


"The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all of our civil constitutions and lawsAll the miseries and evils which men suffer from - crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war - proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible." Noah Webster

THE BOUNTY'S BIBLE

On 28 April 1789, Fletcher Christian staged the most famous mutiny in history, on the English ship "HMS Bounty", in the South Pacific. The captain, William Bligh, and those loyal to him were set adrift in an overloaded lifeboat, which they miraculously navigated 3700 miles to Timor.

The mutineers upon the Bounty immediately began quarrelling about what to do next. Fletcher returned to Tahiti, where he left some of the mutineers, kidnapped some women, took some slaves, and travelled with the remaining mutineers 1000 miles to the uninhabited Pitcairn Island. There their group quickly unravelled. They distilled whiskey from a native plant. Drunkenness and fighting characterised their colony. Disease and murder eventually took the lives of all the men, except one - Alexander Smith. Smith found himself the only man on the island surrounded by an assortment of women and children.

Then Smith found the Bounty's neglected Bible. As he read it, his heart was transformed and he began to instruct the survivors of their community. He taught the Scriptures and helped to implement its instructions. The message of Christ so transformed their lives that, 20 years later, in 1808, when the crew of the Topaz landed on the island, they found a joyful society of Christians living in prosperity and peace, free from crime, disease, murder and mutiny.

That Bible resides on display in the Church in Pitcairn as a monument to its transforming message.

THE WORLD'S NO. 1 BEST SELLER OF ALL TIME

The Bible is the No. 1 best selling book in all of history. The Bible Society alone has a world wide distribution of 24 million Bibles, 26 million New Testaments and 577 million portions of Scripture each year. This does not include the over 1 million New Testaments distributed each week by The Gideons. Or the New Testaments distributed by the Pocket Testament League. The over 18 million Scriptures provided each year by the Bible League, the over 22 million Scripture tracts and booklets given away so far by Scripture Gift Mission. And there are even more Bibles sold by Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, and others. It is estimated that well over 30 million Bibles are sold each year, and possibly over 100 million New Testaments - each year!

THE MOST INFLUENCIAL BOOK IN ALL OF HISTORY

It is to the Bible that we owe our Legacy of the Law. It is the Bible that ushered in an area of compassion, liberty and justice. The 10 Commandments are the moral and legal foundations of Western Civilisation.

The foundations of the Common Law were made by King Alfred the Great of England who introduced his Code with the 10 Commandments, the Case Laws of Exodus, the Golden Rule of Christ, and other Biblical principles.

The Magna Carta of 1215 was the first statute, the first written restriction on the powers of government. It was written by a pastor and thoroughly saturated with Scriptural principles.

The Bible has inspired the greatest literature, the greatest art, the greatest examples of architecture - the cathedrals, the age of exploration, world missions, the rule of law, the separation of powers, checks and balances, representative government, the sanctity of life, and so much more that we take for granted.

Just consider some of the everyday things which has been inspired by the Bible. The word "breakfast" comes from the concept of breaking the fast. The word "restaurant" comes from Jesus' promise in Matthew 11:28 "come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." The first restaurant, founded in Paris in 1766, placed that verse from Matthew 11:28 in bold letters outside this first public establishment dedicated to providing meals in a pleasant atmosphere.

The fact that our week consists of seven days is a testimony to the fact of God creating the world in six days and rested on the seventh. The practice of Sunday being a Day of rest dates back to the Christian tradition of honouring the first day of the week as the Lord's Day, remembering that Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the first day of the week. The very way we date our years is a testimony to the centrality of Christ. All of history is divided into BC - Before Christ; or AD - Anno Domini - in the year of our Lord. Jesus Christ is the focus of history.

Most of the world's languages were written down for the first time by Christian missionaries. The first book in most languages in the world was the Bible. Martin Luther's translation of the Bible had a tremendous impact upon the formation of the German language, as did William Tyndale's translation on the English language. Many common phrases, expressions and words come right out of the pages of the Bible. ("My brothers keeper" Gen. 4:9; "The mark of Cain" Gen. 4:15; "An eye for an eye" Ex. 21:24; "Scapegoat" Lev. 16:26; "The valley of the shadow of death" Ps 23:4; "Feet of clay" Dan 2:33; "The Fiery Furnace" Dan3; "The handwriting on the wall" Dan 5; "In the lions den" Dan 6; "Baptism of fire" Matt 3:16; "Go the second mile" Matt 5:41; "Our daily bread" Matt 6:11; "Pearls before swine" Matt 7:6; "The straight and narrow" Matt 7:14; "Wolves in sheep's clothing" Matt 7:15; "A den of thieves" Matt 21:13; "Blind guides" Matt 23:16; "White-washed tombs" Matt 23:27; "Good Samaritan" Luke 10; "Prodigal son" Luke 15; and literally hundreds of other expressions could be added.

The very word "good-bye" comes from: God be with ye.

The word "holiday" means holy day.

Napoleon Bonaparte asserted "The Bible is no mere book, but a living power that conquers all that oppose it."

THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN SCIENCE

Sir Michael Faraday, one of the greatest scientists of all times, who discovered electromagnetic induction and invented the generator, observed: "The Bible, and it alone, with nothing added to it nor taken away from it by man, is the sole and sufficient guide for each individual, at all times and in all circumstances. faith in the Divinity and work of Christ is the gift of God, and the evidence of this faith is obedience to the commandments of Christ."

All the great pioneer scientists who laid the foundations of modern physics, astronomy, calculus, dynamics, oceanography, anaesthesiology, and every other branch of science, confirmed the Bible as the foundation and inspiration for their work. This included Johannes Kepler, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galile, Isaac Newton, Carl van Linnaeus, Charles Babbage, Blaise Pascal, Samuel Morse, Matthew Fontaine Maury, James Simpson, George Washington Carver, and many many more.

As Dr. Howard Kelly asserted: "Whatever there is in civilisation that is worthwhile rests on the Bible's precepts."

THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD

"Your Word, oh Lord, is eternal; it stands firm" Psalm 119:89

"the Word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8

"I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." Matthew 5:18

"Heaven and earth with pass away, but My Words will never pass away."
Matthew 24:35

"But the Word of the Lord stands forever." 1 Peter 1:25

"Fix these Words of Mine in your hearts and minds" Deuteronomy 11:18

"I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You." Psalm 119:11

"The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes." Psalm 119:18

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105

"The entrance of Your Word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple."
Psalm 119:130

"For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

"Is not My Word like fire? declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?" Jeremiah 23:29

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." Colossians 3:16

"Oh, how I love Your Law! I meditate on it all day long." Psalm 119:97

Peter Hammond
Frontline Fellowship
P O Box 74, Newlands, 7725, Cape Town, South Africa
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