Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Best Seller



Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received His message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very Word of God – which, of course, it is. And the Word continues to work in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NLT)

I’m a Bible geek. Are you? Do you own more than one Bible? Do you read it, or parts of it, over and over?

Only my favorite cookbooks are referenced repeatedly like my Bible. I occasionally reread non-fiction and use them as resources, but most books are passed along.

On the other hand…

I have an entire shelf of Bibles. The oldest are the one presented by the Methodist church I grew up attending and a King James I studied and highlighted for my Baptist middle school. My mother gave me my first study Bible, a readable New International Translation, as well as my second which was a different ‘flavor’. Over time I’ve expanded my collection with a variety of translations and commentary that emphasize archeology, personal application, and nuances of the original Greek. A Bible for every occasion including a thin, portable one and a well-worn copy held together by duct tape.

Not everyone holds these words in such high esteem.

For instance, several of my confirmation students can’t find the Bible the church gave them a year ago. While doing research for a recent lesson, I discovered some interesting facts.

The Bible is the most banned and burned book ever, yet more original handwritten manuscripts (5,300) have been preserved than any other ancient text. Homer’s Iliad places second with only 643 copies – a significant difference. These handwritten manuscripts were copied with amazing accuracy and people lost their lives to preserve them.

Do these facts add weight to the Bible’s significance or truth?

#SeedsOfScripture #BibleTruth #significant

2 comments:

  1. Yes, The word of the Lord is living and active. It has changed me. thank you for all the facts in this article. I have learned more about the book I love.

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    1. The number of ancient manuscripts only counts those written in Greek. Add to that the later copies written in Latin and many people valued this book enough to die preserving it.

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