It is through this good old Book that God speaks to us all. And because He speaks
we must all listen and hear what He has to say. ‘Hear and your soul shall live.’
It is food to feed and save our precious soul, and make us wise for eternity. In
2 Timothy 3:15 we are reminded that the ‘Scriptures are able to make you wise for
salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.’
One anonymous godly writer of yesteryear penned the following words together. The
words, which we would all do well to lay to heart, reflect all that the Bible reveals
about man and man’s relationship to God: “The Bible contains the mind of God, the
state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its
decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains
light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveller’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s
sword and the Christian’s charter. Here too, Heaven is opened and the gates of Hell
Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It
should fill the memory, rule the heart and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently
and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.
It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever.
It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labour, and will condemn
all who trifle with its sacred contents.”
Just as the Bible transformed the whole of Europe, at the time of the Reformation,
so we need this same unchanging Word of truth to again, underthe hand of God, transform
and reform our godless society.
Donald J Morrison
85 Old Edinburgh Road
Letter: Biblical authority
4 August 2017
In her letter of 23 July, it is evident that Janine M Maclean does not want the Bible
to have supreme authority over her life. Can I reverently, and respectfully, remind
her that it is at our peril we ignore what God has to say to us in its pages.
It is the sinner’s manual, our rule book for living as well as our rule book for
dying. It contains the perfect Word of the living God. It is one book that never
grows old or has to be edited: ‘The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word
of our God shall stand for ever.’ (Isaiah 40:8)