What’s the Bible Got to Do With Me? #4

Thursday, May 16, 2013

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8 KJV).

One frequent charge the lost world levels against Christians preaching and teaching the Holy Bible is, “That ‘old’ book has nothing to do with me!” Is this a valid objection?

What is the world’s best-selling book? The Holy Bible. What is the world’s most quoted book? The Holy Bible. What book is the inspiration for hundreds upon hundreds of hymns, thousands upon thousands of songs, and millions upon millions of books? The Holy Bible. So much for an “irrelevant” book!

If there were one book in all of the English literature known for its majesty, its wisdom, its timelessness, its truth, it would undoubtedly be the King James Bible. This is not merely this author’s opinion, but that of literary critics as well. In fact, specifically, the King James Bible has had more impact on the English language than any other book in history. (The modern “bibles,” however, have a literary style comparable to today’s newspapers, whose content is usually poorer than the cost of the paper on which they are printed!)

When the lost world utters phrases such as—“The truth shall make you free,” “The apple of my eye,” “You reap what you sow,” “How are the mighty fallen,” “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” “Turned the world upside down,” “The root of the matter,” “Stand in awe,” “Beat their swords into plowshares,” “From time to time,” “Pour out your heart,” and “Get thee behind me”—they are unwittingly quoting the “old” King James Bible! (Obviously, John 8:32, Deuteronomy 32:10, Galatians 6:7, 2 Samuel 1:19, Leviticus 19:18, Acts 17:6, Job 19:28, Psalm 4:4, Isaiah 2:4, Ezekiel 4:10, Psalm 62:8, and Luke 4:8 are not as “irrelevant” as they would have us to believe.)

Once one considers the huge impact the King James Bible has had on the English language, one question in particular should arise, “How can that 402-year-old Book still be so popular that even its critics obliviously quote its alleged ‘archaic’ phrases?” Surely, it is no ordinary book.