Friday, January 25, 2019

Why you will need the Bible in 2019

The Bible is the world’s best selling book. It doesn’t need any one to defend it. It is the word of God and as such is powerful and effective without human intervention. The bible claims to be able to ‘discern the thoughts and intents  of the heart,’ Hebrews 4:12. It also stated that it is ‘able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus,’ 2 Timothy 3:15. 

Here are some comments famous people have made about the Bible:

                                                              John Quincy Adams
"So great is my veneration for the BIBLE that the earlier my children begin to read it, the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of society"

"I have made it a practice for several years to read the BIBLE through in the course of every year.  I usually devote to this reading the first hour after I rise every morning”

James W. Alexander
"The study of God’s Word, for the purpose of discovering God's will,  is the secret discipline which has formed the greatest characters"

Charles L. Allen
"In the BIBLE there are three distinctive meanings of grace;  It means the mercy and active love of God; It means the winsome attractiveness of God. It means the strength of God to overcome"

Matthew Arnold
"To the BIBLE men will return; and why?  Because they cannot do without it"

Francis Bacon  
[English statesman and writer, 1597]
Called the BIBLE:  "The Book of "God's Word"

"What can I do with respect to the next world without my Bible?"

Henry Ward Beecher
"The BIBLE is God’s chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbour is, and how to reach it without running on rocks and bars"

Sir William Blackstone
"The BIBLE has always been regarded as part of the Common Law of England"

David Josiah Brewer
"No nation is better than its sacred book. In that book are expressed its highest ideals of life, and no nation rises above those ideals.  No nation has a sacred book to be compared with ours.  This American nation from its first settlement at Jamestown to the present hour is based upon and permeated by the principles of the BIBLE. The more this BIBLE enters into our national life the grander and purer and better will that life become"

Phillip Brooks
"The BIBLE shows how the world progresses.  It begins with a garden, but ends with a holy city"

William Jennings Bryan
"The BIBLE holds up before us ideals that are within sight of the weakest and the lowliest, and yet so high that the best and the noblest are kept with their faces turned ever upward.  It carries the call of the Saviour to the remotest corners of the earth;  on its pages are written the assurances of the present and our hopes for the future"

John Burton
"Holy BIBLE, Book Divine, 
Precious Treasure, 
Thou art mine;
Mine to teach me whence I came, 
Mine to teach me what I am"

Thomas Carlyle
"The BIBLE is the truest utterance that ever came by alphabetic letters from the soul of man, through which, as through a window divinely opened,  all men can look into the stillness of eternity,  and discern in glimpses their far-distant, long-forgotten home"

George Washington Carver
"The secret of my success?  It is simple.  It is found in the BIBLE, 

"In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths"

Richard Cecil
"Time can take nothing from the BIBLE.  It is the living monitor.  Like the sun,  it is the same in its light and influence to man this day which it was years ago.  It can meet every present inquiry and console every present loss"

"The history of all the great characters of the BIBLE is summed up in this one sentence: They acquainted themselves with God,  and acquiesced in His will in all things"

"The BIBLE resembles an extensive garden, where there is a vast variety and profusion of fruits and flowers,  some of which are more essential or more splendid than others;  but there is not a blade suffered to grow in it which has not its use and beauty in the system"

William Ellery Channing
"The incongruity of the BIBLE with the age of its birth;  its freedom from earthly mixtures;  its original, unborrowed, solitary greatness;  the suddenness with which it broke forth amidst the general gloom;  these,  to me, are strong indications of its Divine descent.  I cannot reconcile them with a human origin"

Salmon P. Chase
"There came a time in my life when I doubted the divinity of the Scriptures, and I resolved as a lawyer and a judge I would try the Book as I would try anything in the courtroom, taking evidence for and against.  It was a long, serious and profound study and using the same principles of evidence in this religious matter as I always do in secular matters, I have come to the decision that the BIBLE is a supernatural Book,  that it has come from God in short, with the moral and intellectual cultivation of the species, always supporting and often leading the way"

"Pile them,  if you will, on the left side of your study table;  but place your own Holy BIBLE on the right side -- all by itself,  all alone -- and with a wide gap between them.   For ... there is a gulf between it and the so-called books of the East which severs the one from the other utterly, hopelessly, and forever ... a veritable gulf which cannot be bridged over by any science of religious thought"

Charles Colson
"The BIBLE -- banned, burned, beloved.  More widely read, more frequently attacked than any other book in history. Generations of intellectuals have attempted to discredit it,  dictators of every age have outlawed it and executed those who read it.  Yet soldiers carry it into battle believing it more powerful than their weapons.  Fragments of it smuggled into solitary prison cells have transformed ruthless killers into gentle saints" 
Christopher Columbus
"It is hoped that bynby assistance,  some of the continents in the Ocean will be discovered ... for the Glory of God"

Joseph Cook
"Do you know a book that you are willing to put under your head for a pillow when you are dying?   Very well; that is the Book you want to study when you are living.  There is only one such Book in the world"

Calvin Coolidge
"The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the BIBLE that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country"

Alexander Cruden
"All other Books are of little importance in comparison with the Holy Scriptures"

Albert Baird Cummins
"The empire of Caesar is gone;  the legions of Rome are smouldering in the dust;  the avalanches of Napoleon hurled upon Europe have melted away, the prince of the Pharaohs is fallen;  the pyramids they raised to be their tombs are sinking every day in the desert sands; Tyre is a rock for bleaching fisherman's nets;  Sidon has scarcely left a wreck behind;  but the Word of still survives:   All things that threatened to extinguish it have only aided it;  and it proves every day how transient is the noblest monument that men can build, how enduring is the least Word that God has spoken"

The Defender
"Other books were given for our information,  the BIBLE was given for our transformation"

Cecil B. DeMille
"After more than sixty years of almost daily reading of the BIBLE,  I never fail to find it always new and marvellously in tune with the changing needs of every day"

Ernest von Dobschutz
"There is a small book: one can put it in one's pocket,  and yet all the libraries of America, numerous as they are, would hardly be large enough to hold all the books which have been inspired by this one little volume. The reader will know what I am speaking of;  it is the BIBLE, as we are used to call it -- the Book, the book of mankind, as it has properly been called"

Timothy Dwight
"The BIBLE is a window in this prison world, through which we may look into eternity"

Queen Elizabeth
"To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this Treasure House, the BIBLE?"

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

Thomas Fuller
"Jest not with the two-edged sword of God's Word"

Giuseppe Garibaldi
Of the BIBLE Garibaldi said,  "This is the cannon that will make Italy free"

W.E. Gladstone
"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"

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The BIBLE grows more beautiful,  as we grow in our understanding of it"

Billy Graham
"The BIBLE is the Constitution of Christianity"

Ulysses S. Grant
"Hold fast to the BIBLE as the sheet anchor of your liberties,  write its precepts on your hearts and practice them in your lives"

"To the influence of this Book we are indebted for the progress made to civilization and to this we must look at our gut de in the future"

Lady Jane Grey
"The highest earthly enjoyments are but a shadow of the joy I find in reading God's Word"

Horace Greeley
"It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a BIBLE reading people.  The principles of The BIBLE are the groundwork of human freedom"

"Indeed, it is an indisputable fact that all the complex and horrendous questions confronting us at home and worldwide have their answer in that single book [the BIBLE]"

J. Hamilton
"The Word of God will stand a thousand readings, and he who has gone over it most frequently is the surest of finding new wonders there"

Mark Victor Hansen
"With vision, every person, organization and country can flourish.  The BIBLE says, ' Without vision we perish''"

Everett T. Harris
"No one ever graduates from BIBLE study until he meets the Author face to face"

Jack Hayford
"The BIBLE is ... as necessary to spiritual life as breath is to natural life.  There is nothing more essential to our lives than the Word of God."

Heinrich Heine
"The BIBLE is the great family chronicle of the Jews"

Patrick Henry
"There is a Book worth all other books which were ever printed"

Sir William Herschel
"All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly 
the truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures"

Charles Hodge
"The best evidence of the BIBLE's being the Word of God is found between its covers"

"All moral obligation resolves itself into the obligation of conformity to the will of God"

Herbert Hoover
"There is no other book so various as the BIBLE, nor one so full on concentrated wisdom"

E. Paul Hovey
"Men do not reject the BIBLE because it contradicts itself but because it contradicts them."

Victor Hugo
"England has two books;  The BIBLE and Shakespeare.  England made Shakespeare, but the BIBLE made England"

"I have found in the BIBLE words for my inmost thought;  songs for my joy,  utterance for my hidden griefs and pleadings for my shame and feebleness"

Thomas Huxley
"The BIBLE has been the Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed.  The human race is not in position to dispense with it"

In A Nutshell
"There's a big difference between the books that men make and the Book that makes men"

Andrew Jackson
"The BIBLE is the Rock upon which this Republic rests"

Thomas Jefferson
"A  studious persual of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands"

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
"We all therefore have to face this ultimate and final question:  Do we accept the BIBLE as the Word of God, as the sole authority in all matters of faith and practice, or do we not?  Is the whole of my thinking governed by Scripture, or do I come with my reason and pick and choose out of Scripture and sit in judgment upon it, putting myself and modern knowledge forward as the ultimate standard and authority?  The issue is crystal clear.  Do I accept Scripture as a revelation from God, or do I trust to speculation, human knowledge, human learning,  human understanding and human reasons.  Or, putting it still more simply, Do I pin my faith to, and subject all my thinking to,  what I read in the BIBLE?  Or do I defer to modern knowledge, to modern learning, to what people think today, to what we know at this present time which was not known in the past?  It is inevitable that we occupy one or the other of those two positions."

E. Stanley Jones
"The BIBLE redirects my will, cleanses my emotions, enlightens my mind, and quickens my total being"

Immanuel Kant
"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"
A single line in the BIBLE has consoled me more than all the books I ever read besides"

Helen Keller 
"The BIBLE gives me a deep, comforting sense that 'things seen are temporal, and things unseen are eternal'".

Robert E. Lee
"The BIBLE is a Book in comparison with which all others are of minor importance, and which
in all my perplexities and distresses has never failed to give me light and strength"
"There are things in the old Book which I may not be able to explain, but I fully accept it as 
the infallible Word OF God, and receive its teachings as inspired by the Holy Spirit"

Lexington (Ky.) Leader
"The BIBLE continues to be the best selling book:  It is regarded as the most economical of all fire-escapes"

Abraham Lincoln
"Without Divine assistance I cannot succeed;  With it I cannot fail!"
"I am busily engaged in the study of the BIBLE.  I believe it is God's Word because it finds me where I am
"I believe the BIBLE is the best gift God has ever given to man.  All the good of the Savior of the world is communicated to us through the Book.  But for it,  we could not know right from wrong?
"Whereas,  the Senate of the United States devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of  Almighty God  in all the affairs of men and of nations,  has,  by a resolution;  requested the President to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation:  And whereas,  it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions  in humble sorrow  yet with assured hope that genuine repentance  will lead  to mercy and pardon,  and to recognize the sublime truth,  announced in the Holy Scriptures  and proven by all history: that those nations only are blessed whose God is the LORD ... "

John Locke
"The BIBLE is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men -- It has God for its Author,  Salvation for its end, and Truth without any mixture for its matter.  --  It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much;  nothing wanting"

Thomas B. Macaulay
"Western literature has been more influenced by the BIBLE than any other book"

Rabanus Maurus
"The foundation, the state, the perfection of wisdom is knowledge of the Holy Scriptures"

James McCosh
"The book to read is not one which thinks for you, but the one that makes you think. 
No other book in the world equals the BIBLE for that"

Jim McCotter
"All Scripture is God-breathed and He doesn't waste His breath"

J. Vernon McGee
"God's Word is as good as He is.  There is an old saying that a man is as good as his word.
Well, God is as good as His Word.  His character is behind what He has said."

William McKinley
"The more profoundly we study this wonderful Book (the BIBLE), and the more closely we observe its divine precepts, the better citizens we will become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation"

George Mueller
"The vigour of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the BIBLE in our life and thoughts."

Dr. Robert Milikan
"I consider an intimate knowledge of the BIBLE an indispensable quality of a well educated man"

F.C. Monfort
"The morality of the BIBLE is -- after all -- the safety of society!"

Professor M. Monticro
"The BIBLE is alive, it speaks to me;  it has feet, it runs after me;  it has hands;  it lays hold of me"

D.L. Moody
"Sin will keep you from this Book.  This Book will keep you from sin"

"I know the BIBLE is inspired because it inspires me"

George Mueller
"Be assured, if you walk with Him, and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you"

Malcolm Muggeridge
"There's far more truth in the Book of Genesis than in the quantum theory"

"This was the purpose of the whole creation,  that man should recognize and know Him and 
give praise to His Name"

"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; 
I never omit to read it, and every day with some pleasure"

Sir Isaac Newton
"We account the Scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy.  I find more sure marks of authenticity in the BIBLE than in any profane history whatsoever"
"No sciences are better attested than the religion of the BIBLE"
"There are more sure marks of authenticity in the BIBLE than in any profane history." ...
I have a fundamental belief in the BIBLE as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired.  I study the BIBLE daily."

Mordecai Obadiah
"This little Book [The BIBLE]  - it has said everything there is to be said.  Everything is implied and anticipated in it. Whatever one should like to put into words has already been said in it"

J. I. Packer
"One of the many divine qualities of the BIBLE is this:  that it does not yield its secrets to the irreverent and censorious"

Kenyon A. Palmer
"God's Road Map -- The BIBLE"

Theodore Parker
"The BIBLE goes equally to the cottage of the peasant, and the palace of the king.  -- It is woven into literature, and colors the talk of the street.  The bark of the merchant cannot sail without it;  and no ship of war goes to the conflict but it is there.  It enters men's closets; directs their conduct, and mingles in all the grief and cheerfulness of life"

Ronald Reagan
"Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none 
may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the BIBLE"
"There are more sure marks of authenticity in the BIBLE than in any other profane history"

Theodore Roosevelt
"It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men's lives be based on the principles of the BIBLE.  
No man, educated or uneducated,  can afford to be ignorant of the BIBLE"

"A thorough understanding of the BIBLE is better than a college education"

John Ruskin
"Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me a part of the BIBLE and daily made me learn a part of it by heart"

J.C. Ryle
"No one ever said at the end of his days;  "I have read my BIBLE too much,  I have thought of God too much, I have prayed too much,  I have been too careful with my soul"

W.E. Sangster
"Centuries of experience have tested the BIBLE.  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"

Sir Walter Scott
"The most learned, acute, and diligent student cannot, in the longest life, obtain an entire knowledge of the BIBLE.  The more deeply he works the mine, the richer and more abundant he finds the ore."

When the poet and novelist, Sir Walter Scott, lay dying, he said to his son-in-law, Lockhart, "Son, please bring me the Book. "The son-in-law was a bit uncertain because Walter Scott had a large library, so he replied, "Sir, which book?  Which book?" The dying saint answered immediately, "My son, there is just one Book.  Bring me the Book."  At once Lockhart went to the library and returned with Sir Walter's BIBLE.  Yes, there is but one Book!

W.H. Seward
"The whole hope of the human progress is suspended on the ever growing influence of the BIBLE"

Gipsy Smith
"What makes the difference is not how many times you have been through the BIBLE, but 
how many times and how thoroughly the BIBLE has been through you"

Robert Payne Smith
"The books of men have their day and grow obsolete.  
God's Word is like Himself,   "The same yesterday, today and forever"

R.C. Sproul
"Here then, is the real problem of our negligence.  We fail in our duty to study God's Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, no so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work.  Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"Nobody ever outgrows Scriptures;  the Book widens and deepens with our years"

The BIBLE is a telescope between man and God;  it is the rending of a veil"

Students of Natural Sciences 
"We the undersigned, students of the Natural Sciences, desire to express our sincere regret that researchers into scientific truth are perverted by some in our own times into occasion for casting doubt upon the truth and authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. We conceive that it is impossible for the Word of God written in the book of nature, and God's Word written in Holy Scripture, to contradict one another ... physical science is not complete, but is only in a condition of progress"  --
[Signed by 800 scientists of Great Britain, recorded in Bodelian Library, Oxford].

J. Carter Swaim
"The real influence of the BIBLE cannot be measured:  It is reckoned only in terms of hearts that have been lifted up, decisions that have been changed, the men and women who, in response to its impervious demands, have done justice and loved kindness and walked humbly with God"

Lord Tennyson
"BIBLE reading is an education in itself"

Henry Thiessen
"The BIBLE is superior to all other religious books in content.  It sets up the highest ethical standards, enjoins the most absolute obedience, denounces every form of sin, and yet informs the sinner how he can become right with God. How could uninspired men write a book like that?"

R.A. Torrey
"It is clear that there must be difficulties for us in a revelation such as the BIBLE.  If someone were to hand me a book that was as simple to me as the multiplication table, and say, 'This is the Word of God.  In it He has revealed His whole will and wisdom,'  I would shake my head and say, 'I cannot believe it;  that is too easy to be a perfect revelation of infinite wisdom.'  There must be, in any 
complete revelation of God's mind and will and character and being;  things hard for the beginner to understand;  and the wisest and best of us are but beginners."

A.W. Tozer
"The Bible was written in tears; and to tears it yields its best treasures."

"I have read many books, but the BIBLE reads me"

"As believers we understand the importance of the BIBLE.  It is God's inspired, infallible, inerrant Word.  It is authoritative in all matters to which it speaks, for it is the very Word of the Almighty God of the universe.  It is not enough, however, to speak of its importance. We must learn to read it, study it, memorize it and apply it to our lives.  When it comes to studying the Word of God it is important that we handle the text correctly so that we "rightly divide the Word of Truth." (II Timothy 2:15).

"The BIBLE is the only Book by which you may know certainly the future;  It is the only Book that satisfactorily answers the questions, 'Where did I come from?  Why am I here?  Where am I going?"

"Many things in the BIBLE I cannot understand;  many things in the BIBLE I only think I understand;  but there are many things in the BIBLE I cannot misunderstand"

"The BIBLE [the Holy word of God]  is the cornerstone of Liberty"

Henry Van Dyke
"Born in the East and clothed in Oriental form and imagery, the BIBLE walks the ways of all the world with familiar feet and enters land after land to find its own everywhere.  It has learned to speak in hundreds of languages to the heart of man.  Children listen to its stories with wonder and delight, and wise men ponder them as parables of life. The wicked and proud tremble at its warnings, but to the wounded, and penitent it has a mother's voice. It has woven itself into our dearest dreams;  so that love, friendship, sympathy, devotion, memory, hope, put on the beautiful garments of its treasured speech.  No man is poor or desolate who has this treasure for his own. When the landscape darkens, and the trembling pilgrim comes to the Valley named of the Shadow, he is not afraid to enter;  he takes the rod and staff of Scripture in his hand;  he says to friend and comrade; 'Goodbye;  we shall meet again;', and, confronted by that support, he goes toward the lonely pass as one who walks through darkness into light."

Queen Victoria  - to an African Prince
"Tell your prince that this Book (the BIBLE) is the secret of England's greatness"

"That Book (the BIBLE) accounts for the supremacy of England"

Rick Wade
"Our evaluation of the BIBLE and other "holy books" is governed by the recognition that the BIBLE is the inspired Word of God.  If God's final Word is found in what we call the BIBLE, then no other book can be God's Word.  To differ with what the Bible says is to 
differ with God."

George Washington
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the BIBLE"

"The smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules or order and right, which Heaven itself ordained"

Daniel Webster
"If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures.  If we abide by the principles taught in the BIBLE, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity"

"The BIBLE fits man for life and prepares him for death"

"Education is useless without the BIBLE"

"The BIBLE is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals, and a book of religion, of  special revelation from God"

Noah Webster
"The Bible is the Book of faith, and a Book of doctrine, and a Book of morals, and a Book of religion, of special revelation from God; but it is also a Book which teaches man its responsibility, his own dignity, and his equality with his fellow man"

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

"The BIBLE is the chief moral cause of all that is good, and the best corrector of all that is evil, in human society; the best Book for regulating temporal concerns of men, and the only Book that can serve as an infallible guide to future felicity"

John Wesley
"This Book (the BIBLE)  had to be written by one of three people:  good men, bad men or God.  It couldn't have been written by good men because they said it was inspired by the revelation of G-D.  Good men don't lie and deceive. It couldn't have been written by  bad men because bad men would not write something that would condemn themselves. It leaves only one conclusion. It was given by divine inspiration of God.

"I am a BIBLE-bigot.  I follow it in all things, both great and small"

Robert Dick Wilson
"I may add that the result of my 45 years of study of the BIBLE has led me all the time to a firmer faith that in the Old Testament, we have a true historical account of the history of the Israelite people"

Woodrow Wilson
"I am sorry for men who do not read the BIBLE every day.  I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and pleasure"

"When you have read the BIBLE,  you know it is the Word of God,  because it is the key to your heart,  your own happiness,  and your own duty"

"A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world who has deprived himself of this knowledge of the Bible"

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