By Jude Dias, Sri Lanka
I was so excited when I bought a new Bible for myself. For years, our family shared a common Bible. Since it was used by all of us, it is old and discolored. But no matter how old it got, the words in the Book remained forever unchanged. Nevertheless, I decided that I should buy a Bible—one that I could call my own. So I bought one.
I took my new Bible to work that night and placed it on my desk. My best friend saw the Bible on my desk. He asked, “Are you going to die?” I asked him what he meant. He replied, “Well, people read the Bible only when they are close to death.”
It is amazing and at the same time sad to see how differently people perceive the Bible. And to think my best friend is a Christian himself! Peer pressure and the media seek to convince us that there is nothing better than what they have to offer. But the Bible is the eternal Word of God. Not only does it provide us a happiness that is eternal, it also teaches us how to live our life in a manner that pleases God. Moreover, it provides direction when we are lost and comfort in times of trouble. No other earthly thing can do what the Word of God does. Hence the Psalmist proclaims: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Remember there is no greater truth than the Bible itself; so do make it a habit to read it daily. The Scriptures say that only the truth of God’s Word can set you free. We read this in John 8:31-32, “To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ ”