Not long before he died Sir Walter Scott called out, “Bring me the book.” “What book, Sir?” asked John Lockhart. “There is but one book,” replied the great Scotsman, “the Bible.” It is the Book and no other is like it in its appeal, its satisfying message, its gripping power. No other will stand such rereading and study; it is different.
But Scott lived long ago. Surely a book so popular then is out of date now. Yet this book is the oldest with which I am acquainted. I know very few books that are even four hundred years old, while this book is many centuries old.
The Bible must have something living and vital about it or we would not be so concerned about it. We do not kick a dead horse, nor criticize a worthless book. Robert Ingersoll, going into Denver in 1876, prophesied that in fifty years there would not be fifty Bible believers left in that city. Yet during recent years 100,000 Bibles have been sold annually in Denver. I wonder if the world is going to the bad as rapidly as we might think. Thirty million copies of the Bible or portions of it are sold every year. The Bible was the first book on the printing press and has never been off. More copies of it are bought each month than all the copies of Main Street ever sold.
It is never out of date, is always ahead calling, “Come on!” The scientific books of a few years ago are mostly superseded today, but this book on the unfolding revelation of God to man, this book on the Art of Noble Living, has been tried, is ever up to date and even ahead of the times. Age is in its favor as is true of no other book. Truly it has been tested enough to prove its value. It does not need to be defended; it is wholly competent to defend itself. It is intrinsically adequate to make its own ...1
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