It has also been the best kept of antiquities.
The Bible records events from creation through near the end of the first century of the previous millennium. The earliest portions are a good deal older than the first Pyramids of Egypt.
Most of the Bible was completed long before the first public library was thought of (these had their beginnings in Rome some 100 years before Christ, and were present throughout the Middle East by the ninth century).
All of the prophets whose books and names appear within its pages had gone on to their reward long before Socrates, Plato and Aristotle were born.
A full nineteen centuries have passed since the ink dried on the last words that the Holy Spirit saw fit to record for mankind. And yet, the application is today as dramatic and important as when it had been first laid down.
Of the Bible’s character and unique position these things should be noted. It is a relatively small volume made up from 66 different books and letters, penned by approximately 40 writers over a period of about 1,600 years. It comes out of a people who had little advantage in this life. They were primarily nomads, who first spent 430 years in one bondage and 40 years wandering through deserts, then some 170 more years in slavery to other nations before being largely dissipated as a people and nation. Only a remnant of the original twelve tribes survived these ordeals. During their nation period they were settled in a land about half the size of the state of Florida; and within 1,600 years they had given it all up, so much so that little remains in evidence of the society and grandeur they had lived under.
Yet within the 1,600 years, they put together a book without a single serious error or discrepancy in its detail, and which is the most accurately accounted ancient text out of any language.
As with their contemporaries in Egypt, it can be said that the modern Israelites are but a shadow of their more considerable ancestors. It was their ancestors who preserved for the world a book that has occupied first place under heaven in challenging people’s thoughts and actions in every place and in every time.
How can you possibly account for the fact that considerable effort has been made through the ages to preserve this single text and preserve it so well?
The Bible is no scientific volume although science is a part of its internals. But modern science and false science have spent much time trying to discredit it, and the veins of this type of science run in a flow contrary to the Bible’s full and continuous pulse of truth.
That said, every civilization is nonetheless patterned on its points and principles: the Law of Moses is the basis of general law, the Sermon on the Mount is a philosophy of life without equal, both of these are recognized and honored by believer and foe alike. Even literature is patterned after the Bible’s moving variety of written forms.
Unlike all others, it is also a book that has never reached obsolescence. It stands alone as a peculiarity in this respect too. Perhaps it is not as popular now as it was even a generation ago, but the pattern has held that it will regain any such losses over the long run.
Humanists and atheists would like nothing better than to neutralize it, to render it invalid and to destroy its commanding authority. But they have every one failed. It is even now as fresh as when first penned; like a deep water spring, first slaking thirst and then offering life to generation after generation.
Science cannot hedge it; time has not stalled it; and progress has not overtaken it.
It translates readily into any language, and has been offered in over 500 dialects and tongues. And while most books lose their center and flow in translation, even the Bible’s foes admit it is vibrant in its many renderings. It is often forgotten that it was not penned in our own modern languages. The old farmer said, “The King James version was good enough for Moses, and it’s good enough for me!”
Stranger than this, no book has incurred more hatred. Typically, if a book is disliked, it will simply pass from the reading list, off the shelf, and then out into the lost vaults of time. But this has not been the case with the Bible. It remains alive though the ever persistent enemy of truth and light, along with his minions, has sought in each age to annihilate it.
Have you ever asked yourself why?