Quest for a common Bible could spur wider reading of Scripture

The avalanche of books spilling from publishers’ presses in our day offers bane and blessing to readers. As a force for great good or great evil or as so much inconsequential twaddle, books vie for our time and attention. No man who desires a full life can neglect them. Without books a man’s vistas are circumscribed, his knowledge limited, his élan lessened. If we choose carefully the books in which we invest our hours and dollars, the return in intellectual and spiritual dividends will immeasurably enrich our lives.

God has chosen to communicate with man by the Word of God in the form of human flesh and the Word of God in the form of a book. The Bible is unrivaled as the book that has exerted the most profound effect on history. Men of every generation have found in its inspired pages God’s eternal purpose in Jesus Christ. Of all books, only the Bible offers men meaning for life, salvation from sin, and victory over the grave as it reveals God in his holiness and love. No matter how clouded man’s understanding, how hostile the social and political scene, how foreboding the presence of evil in the world, as long as the Bible is available for men to read, the potential exists for the power of truth, righteousness, and justice to break forth and transform the affairs of men and nations.

Sensible and sensitive observers of human events are becoming more and more alarmed at the spiritual and moral sickness overtaking societies throughout the world today. But lest we be morosely discouraged by the seeming futility of the human situation, we must take note of a development that could reverse the direction of current trends. We are seeing the beginning of new, concerted ...

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