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Real Answers™
Copyright: © 2012 Jan White

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By: Jan White              


“After 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica ends sale of print edition.”  This decision is a sign of our times.  The recent news article went on to say that the books, “which have been in print continuously since its beginnings in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768 – (are) finally abandoning print and moving exclusively online.”


According to a New York Times article, print reference books have been almost completely overtaken by the Internet.  The president of Encyclopaedia Britannica stated that some people may feel sad or nostalgic, “But we have a better tool now.  The Web site is continuously updated, it’s much more expansive and it has multimedia.”


I thought of the set of World Book Encyclopedias we purchased when our daughter reached elementary school age in the 1980s.  The alphabetical series of navy blue hardcover books with gold-edged pages still stand in a row on the bottom shelf of a bookcase in our den.  Nowadays, I do most of my research on the Internet and I own an electronic reader; but it’s not the same as curling up with a good book made of paper that I can hold in my hands.


I also thought of a compilation of 66 books in one volume that is unlike any other book ever written.  The Bible will never be out-dated.  It’s more than a collection of facts and knowledge.  It’s Truth.  It’s a timeless book and remains relevant for all of life to every person who will read it.


 “All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more the Truths contained in the Sacred Scriptures,” said Sir William Herschel (1738-1822), an English astronomer who made numerous discoveries about the laws of the heavens.  English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) once said, “The New Testament is the very best book that was or ever will be known in the World.”


President George Washington once stated, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”  And, American newspaper editor Horace Greeley put it this way, “It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people.  The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”


The Bible is a volume of Truth with principles for daily living.  It gives comfort to the heart-broken.  “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalms 30:5).  1 Corinthians chapter 13 defines love.  The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 provide the foundation for all law.  Wisdom and guidance for every situation await anyone who searches God’s Word.


I’ve read that a single cell of the human body contains as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica – all 30 volumes - three or four times over.”  God, who created every cell and gave us the amazing gift of life, inspired the words He gave to writers who penned the Scriptures.


The Bible can now be read on the Internet and electronic devices and in printed copies, but He also instructs us to be walking Bibles with His Word written in our hearts (2 Corinthians 3:3).  What are people reading from your life and mine?

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