It is an ancient text, this Bible. It’s origins date back perhaps as far as the beginning, yet the earliest instance of it being compiled into its first iteration came around two-thousand BC.
That’s two-thousand years or so PRIOR to Jesus Christ! Ancient as it is, the survival – indeed it’s incredible expansion across the world – is a testament to it’s supernatural origins. In point of fact, the Bible has outdistanced all potential contenders for the most widely distributed book, having been printed in more than 1,400 different languages!
Through untold trials it has persevered. Against countless foes it has stood victorious. In the midst of relentless hurdles, it has triumphed. As H. L. Hastings put it nearly two hundred years ago:
“Infidels … have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today as solid rock … Infidels, with all their assaults, make about as much impression on this book as a man with a tack hammer would on the Pyramids of Egypt … When the French monarch proposed the persecution of the Christians in his dominion, an old statesman and warrior said to him, ‘Sire, the church of God is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.’ So the hammers of infidels have been pecking away at this book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still endures. If this book had not been the book of God, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and popes, kings and priests, princes and rulers have all tried their hand at it; they die and the book still lives. No other book has been so chopped, knived, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles letters of classical or modern times has been subject to such a mass attack as the Bible? With such venom and skepticism? With such thoroughness and erudition? Upon every chapter, line and tenet? The Bible is still loved by millions, and studied by millions.”
Even today, as waves of opposition crash upon it time and again, the Word stands strong!
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