Thursday, 25 November 2010

Happy Birthday King James Bible - or is it?

A recent survey has revealed that many under-35s have never heard of the King James Bible despite being one of the biggest selling books in history. It's been praised by some as the most beautiful book ever written and is set to celebrate its 400th anniversary next year, but many young people have never even heard of it.

According to this new survey out this week, 51 per cent of under-35s have never heard of the King James Bible. However awareness was far greater among the over-55s, with only 28 per cent saying they had never heard of it.

The poll was carried out for the King James Bible Trust, which is spearheading nationwide celebrations surrounding the translation’s anniversary. A spokesman for the Trust was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “There has been a dramatic drop in knowledge in a generation. Yet this is a work which was far more influential than Shakespeare in the development and spread of English.”

In fact Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885) - no friend of the Christian Faith - once wrote: “England has two books; the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England.”

I suppose the question that can therefore be asked is: "If the Bible made England (Britain) can the rejection of the Bible un-make it?" My answer - and it is my answer - is yes, in time. For as the Bible and its teachings begin to fade from our memories we will lapse into godlessness, where selfishness and self-interest will rise to new heights. It is up to us - the Church - to do all we can to stop this happening.

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