The Most Influential Book ~ EVER!
The Bible is first of all, the Word of God announced to mankind, the guide leading to the salvation of men. ~ Hans Rost
The Bible is as much world changing as it is life changing.
The Bible has educated mankind... molded the firmest and most striking forms of cultural growth, and imprinted within the long course of civilization its hall-mark. ~ Hans Rost
The Bible is the most enduring book of all time. But note - the Guinness Book of Records has falsely boasted to be the world's best-selling book.
The Bible was first printed circa 1455. It was The Gutenberg Bible, named after its printer - Johannes Gutenberg. He introduced printing to Europe. This is in a marked contrast to the Guinness Book of Records which was first published only in 1955.
It has been estimated that over 6 billion copies of The Bible have been published.
Some Gutenberg Bible trivia:
- there were only 180 printed
- the surviving 49 Gutenberg Bibles are now the most valuable books in the world. Some of these are not complete, only containing substantial portions of the original.
- it is credited as being the most significant historical asset for the introduction of printing to the west. (The Koreans first published a movable metal type printed book in 1377.)
- The Russian army, as World War 2 ended, looted two copies from Leipzig University, and they are still in Moscow's libraries today.
The oldest extant Bibles date from the 5th Century AD. By the end of the 5th Century the content and shape of The Bible had been confirmed.
You can see that those who dismiss The Bible are ignorant to its pedigree and so too loose. Those who deny the Bible's contents waste in eternity.
To the honest minded soul there is no doubt as to The Bible's unsearchable impact sown worldwide, and within endless generations now for 1600 years.
Men can live without the Bible, but not forever.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My Word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Today's Soul Snippet:
'When righteousness is the standard of the heart, sin will lose its compulsion.'