What if we lost the Bible?
If the Bible were lost, some of our most cherished expressions would be missing from our language.
- “Apple of my eye” (Ps. 17:8)
- “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen. 4:9)
- “Eye for an eye” (Ex. 21:22)
- “Fly in the ointment” (Ecc. 10:1)
- “Go the second mile” (Mt. 5:41)
- “Writing on the wall” (Dan. 5:5)
- “Spare the rod and spoil the child” (Prov. 12:34)
- “Thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7)
You probably didn’t realize that these expressions originated in God’s Word. Believe it or not, they are only a sample.
If the Bible were lost, we would not know about the lives of some of the most fascinating characters in human history: Moses, Joseph, Ruth, David, Elijah, Peter, Paul, etc.
If we did not have God’s Word, we would not have some of our greatest works of art in the history of civilization: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Handel’s Messiah, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, the poetry of Milton, John Donne and Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
If we did not have the Bible, entire sections of our bookstores would be missing; entire bookstores would be missing.
Without the Bible, it is quite possible we would not have overcome slavery, civil rights violations, the oppression of women, poverty, and many other social evils.
Most of all, without God’s Word we would be ignorant of the gospel and would not have the hope that is offered by the good news that Jesus died for our sins so that we can live eternally with the Father in heaven.
Knowing the importance of the Bible, James said, “…[R]eceive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. …[B]e doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. …[T]he one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” (James 1:21-25). The Bible can make a difference. Are you reading it?