The Bible is the best loved and the most hated book in the world. It is loved by those who follow Christ and it is despised by those that live in sin.
Many have tried to destroy the Bible throughout history. The list of kingdoms and nations that have either banned or burned Bibles is very long and there is simply no space in this article to name them all. Suffice it to say that the Word of God is a taboo in most Muslim, communist and liberal countries today.
Why is there so much hatred against the Scriptures? Why have so many countries and leaders endeavored to destroy it? They have attacked the Bible, because the Word of God is the Truth that convicts sinners and the Light that overcomes the darkness.
John the apostle captured this sentiment in his gospel, when he referred to the unbelieving and Bible-hating people of this world. “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19)
As I said before, many have attempted to destroy the Bible, but there is only one problem: The Bible is indestructible. Yes, they may ban it or burn it, but it always comes back. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.”(Matthew 24:35)
Now, having said all that let me ask you: How many Bibles have you destroyed? I see many Christians without their Bibles at church. If you would search their homes you would find one or more brand new (and dusty) copies of the Scriptures. This is very concerning to say the least.
I have “destroyed” several Bibles in English and Spanish. Some of those Bibles are in really bad shape because of so much use. I still keep those Bibles at home. I will never throw them away, even if they are falling apart.
I don’t want shinny Bibles. They look good in museums and displayed in some churches, but give me Bibles that have been used, written on the margins, underlined and wept over in prayer.
I hope that I can “destroy” a few more Bibles in this manner before I die. I pray that I can fall in love with God’s Word all over again.
I know that the dirtier my Bible looks, the cleaner my life will be. Moreover, the more I “destroy” my Bible by daily use, the more the Lord will build me up. This is my plan. What about you?
Last week a student in our school did the unthinkable: He took his own life. This young man had been the target of ongoing abuse and one day decided that a bullet would end the bullying.
Bullying is a big problem among young people and so is suicide. I don’t know the exact numbers of suicide among teenagers, but the statistics are really high and keep climbing up.
This is what happens when we remove God from our schools and our lives. This is a form of “Deicide” (killing God), which invariably leads to suicide (killing of oneself). When there is no room for God, then the adversary takes over and death spreads its deadly tentacles.
This is what happened in a “Baptist” school in Hialeah, Florida. This “Christian” school began to compromise and everything went downhill from there. First, they allowed catholic and unbelieving teachers in the school and then, they removed the Bible from the school curriculum.
What do you think it would happen if you would stop praying or reading the Bible? You would stop growing in Christ; you would lose your joy, peace and love and eventually you could fall into grievous sin.
This is the story of that Christian school. The year after they stopped teaching the Bible, a student committed suicide and a year later, the school closed permanently.
Believer, don’t ever forget your first love (Revelation 2:4, 5). Jesus is our first love in more than one sense. He was the first real love we ever knew and his love is first and foremost in importance in our lives.
If you have no room or time for Jesus, be prepared to deal with the devil. He is the biggest bully in town. The Bible warns us to “Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Believer, do not remove God’s influence from your life. Keep Jesus first in your heart and mind and never forget to pray and read the Word. The Spirit in you is life; the Word in you is light and prayer is your direct lifeline to the Father.