The Bible in America: Versions That Have Played Their Part in the Making of the Republic

The Bible in America: Versions That Have Played Their Part in the Making of the Republic

The Bible in America: Versions That Have Played Their Part in the Making of the Republic

The Bible in America: Versions That Have Played Their Part in the Making of the Republic

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The Bible as a book stands alone. The vast majority of all the books that has ever been published have been Bibles. It has been translated into more languages than any other book. In addition there have been countless thousands of books about the Bible, seeking either to explain and enforce it, or to discredit it. Men have thought to destroy the Bible, and thousands of copies have been burned. Men have been persecuted, even put to death, for translating it, for putting it within the reach of the common man; and multitudes have suffered even for reading it. But the Bible lives on.

It is a unique book. It has exercised a peculiar and powerfully beneficent influence on the world; over the best and most intelligent; over the worst and most ignorant. There is always a reason for everything; and all this could not have happened to an ordinary book. The explanation is to be found in the character and quality of the books that comprise it; in the service it renders to those who read it.

In the interest of a better understanding of the Bible and its influence on America, past, present and future, it is proposed in this introduction to discuss some matters of importance about which there is more or less ignorance or confusion.

THE CHIEF VALUE OF THE BIBLE

The chief value of the Bible is found in two things: It teaches individual men and women the way of life, and it provides the principles of the kingdom of God. It at once carries a message both individual and social. The men who wrote it, and those whose story it tells, had learned how to know God; how to have His help in their daily lives; how to be rid of their sense of guilt; how to endure sorrow and suffering with joy; how to live victoriously whatever . . .

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