Karl barth, whose views about the Bible were not all we wish they might have been, once warned against the danger of replacing the Bible with books about the Bible. One hundred years ago that great evangelical pulpiteer, G. Campbell Morgan, made a similar discovery. His grandson, Richard Lyon Morgan, late in adulthood, rediscovered the same truth for himself. His essay is based on a sermon preached at Fairview Presbyterian Church, Lenoir, North Carolina, on the occasion of the dedication of a pulpit Bible in memory of his father, Howard Moody Morgan, who, for 57 years, preached in five churches across the country.

John 5:39: “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me.”

Luke 24:32: “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

These two texts from the New Testament plainly show us the wrong and right ways to approach the Bible. Religious people misread the Bible because in it they failed to recognize Christ—the key to understanding the whole of it. Two disciples of Jesus walked the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus that first Easter afternoon with broken hearts and denied dreams. Then Christ walked with them, opened the Bible in a new way, and they found new hope and new life in the midst of what had been overwhelming despair.

Almost 100 years ago, in 1883, a young British minister named G. Campbell Morgan experienced an eclipse of his faith in the Bible. Confused and perplexed by the many theories of his times, he seriously doubted the truth of the Bible. However, he took all the books about the Bible and locked them in a corner cupboard. Relating this afterward, he remarked, “I can hear the ...

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