There is a famous bookstore in Washington, D.C., that I visit frequently. Almost daily new books are on display. Many have eye-catching jackets, and often the publisher’s blurb gives the impression that anyone who does not read this book will suffer from ignorance about earth-changing personalities or events.

Unquestionably many of these books are interesting, instructive, or thought-provoking. Others portray moral filth in attractive and sophisticated ways. But one ventures the conviction that in all of the tens of thousands of books available—good or bad—there is not one single volume that is of eternal significance to its readers—except the Bible.

Despite all our advantages, we as a people suffer from the greatest of all deficiencies—spiritual starvation—because of our ignorance of the Bible. Let’s think for a moment about this Book that is so available and so neglected.

The Bible is certainly the only book in all the world that comes with the seal of divine authority resting upon it. In its pages God speaks to man so that he sees himself as God sees him, and sees time and eternity in their proper perspective. Every spiritual awakening has been accompanied by a turning to the Scriptures for instruction and light on the daily path.

The Bible is a book of many facets, and the ways in which its teachings can be brought to bear upon our lives are limitless. As a physician, I often see medical analogies in its pages and have often noted that in a very real sense the Scriptures are like a spiritual X-ray. We read in Hebrews 4:13: “Before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

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