Wednesday, April 25, 2018

GQ's list of 21 Books you don't have to read - they got at least one wrong!

GQ magazine has placed the Bible on its list of "21 Books You Don't Have to Read." This is quite a ridiculous stance even in terms of literature never mind ethics and morals. 
Here are some quotes from famous people about the Bible - they are not all Christians but they testify to the value of reading the Bible:

"A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barbarian," - Richard Dawkins, The Guardian, 19th May 2012
"I have known ninety-five of the world's greatest men in my time, and of these eighty-seven were followers of the BIBLE. The BIBLE is stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurable distance separates it from all competitors"
W E Gladstone
"The BIBLE is not merely a book;  it is a Living Being, with an action, a power, which invades everything that opposes its extension,  behold!  It is upon this table:  This Book, surpassing all others"
"To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this Treasure House, the BIBLE?" 
Queen Elizabeth
"The existence of the BIBLE, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity"
Immanuel Kant
Here are some facts about the Bible that you should know:
The Bible is truly a remarkable book. It's a collection of 66 writings that were penned by more than 40 authors on three continents over a period of 1500 years. The Bible has been translated into hundreds of languages—far more than any other book. It has had a profound lasting influence on humanity for more than 2000 years and remains the number one selling book in the world every single year. It addresses life's most controversial questions (Does God exist? And if so, what is He like? Why do people exist? What happens to people after they die? Why is there evil and suffering in the world? etc). And it has given billions of followers of Jesus the confidence that their sins have been forgiven, their relationship with God has been restored, and that they will live forever in the presence of their Creator. But...
•  Why should anyone take the Bible seriously?
•  Haven't the contents of the Bible been tampered with down through the centuries?
•  Aren't there scientific errors in the Bible?
•  What about the alleged contradictions in the Gospels?
•  What makes the Bible any different than the Quran or the Book of Mormon? 
These are excellent questions! And there are good answers to them. In the resources below, Norman Geisler, Charlie Campbell, Ron Rhodes, and others address these questions, giving compelling evidence that the Bible is indeed what it claims to be, the divinely inspired, authoritative, trustworthy Word of God—written by men yes, but men who were guided by God as they penned its words (2 Peter 1:212 Timothy 3:161 Thessalonians 2:13)
Click on the under noted link to get access to further information referred as resources.
'And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus'
2 Timothy 3. 15 - the Bible


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