How precious is the Bible to you?

I’m not an evangelical, but this true story is touching, told by Chuck Swindoll:

Back before the collapse of the atheistic Soviet Union, my friend John Van Diest represented the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association at the Moscow Book Fair. The authorities had granted them reluctant permission to hand out a limited number of Russian language New Testaments, and long lines of people waited in line to receive a copy. When the supplies were exhausted, one desperately disappointed man asked if he might have one of the empty boxes that had once held those Testaments.

“But there’s nothing in there!” John protested. “The Bibles are all gone!” With tears glistening in his eyes, the man replied, “Then I at least want the box.” The Bible was so precious to this man that he treasured the cardboard box that had held the Scriptures. May our eyes be opened to the astonishing privilege that is ours to hold the complete written Word of God in our very hands.

Study the inspired writings

When one disobeys God, he has done foolishly, because in the long run he will only hurt himself. God’s commands are not arbitrary, but are uttered with man’s best interests in mind. Although Samuel instructed Saul to wait seven days since Samuel was Yahweh’s prophet, it was the commandment of the Lord. God usually revealed his will through his inspired messengers, rather than through some direct, awe-inspiring method, in both OT and NT times. If one wishes to know his will, he should study the inspired writings which these messengers have left (cf. Eph. 3:3-4; 2 Tim. 2:2; 3:14-17).

—J.T. Willis, First and Second Samuel, 138.

Just the Word, sir

This is about as good as a site can get to offer just the Bible.

Literal Word exists to promote the Word of God and not much else. No ads. No frames. No logging in. No distractions. Simply the Word. We believe that the Bible contains the most important information that anyone could ever come across and that accessing it should be as easy as possible. This belief has driven every decision we’ve made designing Literal Word. World class literal translations (NASB and ESV) were selected for their faithfulness to the original languages. Each page of Scripture is clean, customizable, and shareable with a single click, allowing the reader to focus exclusively on the God-breathed content. Searches are simple but powerful, utilizing a unique visual interface for organizing results with surgical precision. It all comes down to the idea that a minimalist approach to an online Bible maximizes attention to the Word of God.

I’d love to see the NET Bible added here. I suggested it to them, but never heard back. But the format they offer is about perfect.

Check it out here.