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Why the Bible is still so Relevant

I try and read Nicky Gumbel’s Bible in a Year online each day. He is the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Brompton where the amazing Alpha Course began, and I often wonder how he can possibly find time to write so much every day. It is nearly always challenging, and yet comforting and inspiring. I do hope he won’t mind me taking this week’s blog straight from his writing, but when the heading was How to enjoy Reading the Bible I felt that it was so pertinent to the theme of my book on God’s Abundance, with its subtitle How to Enjoy Reading the Bible. It seemed as if he had written it especially for me! I could hardly believe it.

“The eighteenth-century philosopher and critic of Christianity, Voltaire, said ‘Within a hundred years the Bible will be obsolete and will have gone out of circulation altogether.’ A hundred years later the Bible was more popular than ever. When you hear attacks on the Bible, it is good to remember that this is nothing new.

“In spite of all the attacks, the Bible has survived. ‘What you say goes, God, and stays, as permanent as the heavens. Your truth never goes out of fashion; it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. Your Word and truth are dependable as ever’.

“The Bible is a delight. The psalmist describes the Scriptures he has read as ‘my delight.’

“When you are under attack, meditate on God’s word: ‘The wicked lie in ambush to destroy me, but I’m only concerned with your plans for me. I see the limits to everything human, but the horizons cannot contain your commands!’ God’s commands are there to protect you, and remembering God’s words will help keep you from harm: ‘I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.’ ”

The quotations are taken from The Message which is very easy to read, and is totally biblical.






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