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Friday, November 3, 2006

The Indestructible Word Of God

In A.D. 303, the Roman Emperor, Diocletian, decreed that every Bible should be destroyed. His fury was fueled by Satan himself as he set out to extinguish the very seeds of Christianity. He believed, and perhaps rightly so, that if the Bible could be destroyed so could the entirety of Christianity. "Christians are a people of the Book," was his belief. The only fault in his theory, and a big fault is was, was that the Bible cannot be destroyed.

After some time, Diocletian believed that he had accomplished his feat and began to celebrate. He raised a column with a Latin inscription "Extincto nomene Christianorum" (the name of Christian is extinct).

Just a few short years later in A.D. 312, Constantine came onto the scene as he succeeded the kingdom from Diocletian. When he did, he replaced all of the pagan symbols with the symbol of the cross. This remarkable war against the Bible was begun, fought, and lost in less than ten years.

Fourteen hundred years later, Voltaire, a French atheist and philosopher, predicted that the Bible would be eliminated shortly after his death.

"One hundred years from my day there will not be a Bible in the earth except one that is looked upon by an antiquarian curiosity seeker." ~ Voltaire

Twenty years after Voltaire died, the Geneva Bible Society purchased Voltaire's house and used it as a base of operations to print and distribute Bibles. Later it became the headquarters for the British and Foreign Bible Society.

"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever." ~ Isaiah 40:8

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