The most valuable book in all your life is the Bible. The Bible is the most Enduring, Authoritative, Profound, Resilient, Enlightening, Impactful, Endorsed and Significant book in all of human history.
Over the past week I have discussed many of these qualities in my posts. Today I will discuss the Impact of the Bible.
The notion of the Bible’s impact has already been discussed in such observations as its ability to convert its critics and transform the communities in which it is allowed to be read. As far back as the days of the New Testament the message of the Bible was blamed for turning the world upside down (see Acts 17:6). The impact of the Christian faith, based on the Bible, was such that it overturned kingdoms and cultures, right through human history.
Alfred the Great, of England, had great personal impact on forging that nation into what it was later to become. He did that by relying on the Bible. He personally taught the Bible to the Viking King who had invaded and settled in the land. Alfred the Great personally baptised the Viking Lord and brought a new unity and destiny to the island nation.Charles Darwin personally noted the impact of the Bible. On his first voyage to the South Seas, in which he visited the Galapagos Islands, he also visited Tierra del Fuego and recorded that the natives of that region were so reprobate that there was no hope for their future. Yet on his second voyage he discovered that those very people had been ennobled and transformed. When he made inquiry he discovered that missionaries had taught the Bible there. Darwin was so impressed that for the rest of his life he donated money to the Bible Society which served that area.
Geisler and Nix summarise the Impact of the Bible by saying, “Civilization has been influenced more by the Judeo-Christian Scriptures than by any other book or series of books in the world.