John Wycliffe was one of the first to translate it into English and was severely censured; William Tyndale, was burnt at the stake by Henry VIII for printing the first modern version. In North Korea today owning one will get you placed in a concentration camp or even executed. Yet it sits on many of our shelves, unread. The Bible. You can consider it irrelevant, great literature it or seditious. But it is still a book that can change lives.
A couple of challenges I’m doing/have coming up involve the Bible. I’m trying to memorise Isaiah 60 (22 verses) and am up to verse 14. I now have great admiration for actors learning their lines or the Hebrew scholar who memorised all 150 psalms! The other challenge will be to read out all the chapters and verses in the Bible with 60 in them and record them. I shall need lots of water to sip!
Open Doors started in the mid 1950’s with Brother Andrew being asked by local believers to bring Bibles to Christians behind the Iron curtain. Around the world there are still many people who are desperate to get hold of the scriptures even if there is a risk to owning them. As the Bible itself says it is spiritual food and when you’re hungry….. Smuggling Bibles still happens today because that’s what people ask for though sometimes it happens through SD cards that can go into mobile phones.
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