The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that. ~Harper Lee
I watched Fragments of Truth recently, a documentary about how the validity and historicity of the Bible is checked. Though it was very academic and demanded full-attention, it was an interesting, thoughtful movie.
I don’t know how many Bibles I have in my house. I have more than twenty available on my phone. I can view it in different translations, listen to it, even watch parts of it acted out in full cinematic wonder.
Because I live in America.
Chinese Christians, however, are now banned from purchasing the Bible.
The Bible was available in China through Christian bookstores and online retailers until a month ago. Then suddenly, it disappeared.
The Chinese government sent out a ‘white paper’ explaining that the Bible is being reinterpreted over the next five years to display a more acceptable socialist mindset.
I’m not sure what’s more socialist than Jesus and his apostles. They said take care of each other. Feed the orphans and widows. Visit those in prison.
But they also said, Jesus is Lord . . . King . . . Prince of Peace.
And that’s scary to those who want to be in power.
Because China has set its leaders up as God. The leaders decide what is right and wrong. The leaders decide who gets taken care of and who gets thrown out with the bath water.
But don’t take our American privilege for granted.
Though California’s lawmakers deny that if passed a new bill would prohibit the sale of the Bible, there seems to be quite a bit of gray area. They are concerned that people with identity issues might be told that acting on some of their desires would be wrong.
It might be easier for California to follow China’s lead and “reinterpret” the parts they don’t like.
That’s why knowing
the Bible THE WORD OF GOD is so important.
Are you taking it for granted? Would you be able to identify changes or reinterpretations?
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 ESV