2000-01-11 - Scripture
John 10:35 … and the Scripture cannot be broken.
It is fairly unusual that I do this, but I have the flu-my fever late Monday afternoon was 101.4, which isn't really bad, but I think I would rather be in bed than trying to think through a devotional. So today I thought I would simply type out some quotations by learned men on the Bible. These are taken from a book that was published in 1820, by the Religious Tract Society. I hope these minister to you. I hope to re-visit revival next week.
LORD BACON, "There never was found, in any age of the world, either philosopher, or sect, or law, or discipline, which did so highly exalt the public good as the Christian Faith."
JOHN SELDEN, (called by Grotius, the Glory of England.) "There is no book upon which we can rest in a dying moment, but the Bible."
JOHN MILTON, the immortal Poet, "There are no songs comparable to the songs of Zion; no orations equal to those of the Prophets; and no politics like those which the Scriptures teach." SIR MATTHEW HALE, "There is no book like the Bible, for excellent wisdom, learning, and use."
The Honorable ROBERT BOYLE, "It is a matchless volume; it is impossible we can study it too much, or esteem it too highly."
JOHN LOCKE, To a person who asked this profound thinker, which was the shortest and surest way for a gentleman to attain the true knowledge of the Christian Religion, in the full and just extent of it, he replied: "Let him study the Holy Scriptures, especially the New Testament; therein are contained the words of eternal life. It hath God for its Author, Salvation for its end, and Truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter." At another time he says, "It is all pure, all sincere, nothing too much, nothing wanting."
SIR WILLIAM JONES, The following words were written with his own hand in his Bible: "I have carefully and regularly pursued these Holy Scriptures, and am of opinion, that the volume, independently of its divine origin, contains more sublimity, purer morality, more important history, and finer strains of eloquence, than can be collected from all other books, in whatever language they may have been written." The ending paragraph on the page says the following:
"Reader, Oppose these, the deliberate and disinterested opinions of some of the greatest men that ever lived, to the flippant sarcasms of the Free thinker. Clasp the Bible to you heart, believe its holy truths, obey its sacred commands, regulate your lives by its precepts, and die resting on that Savior whom the Scriptures reveal, as having "brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel."