Bible for Illiterates

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Four clergymen were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked the King James version because of its simple, beautiful English.

Another liked the American standard version best because it comes closer to the original Hebrew and Greek.

The third liked Moffat‘s translation best because of its up-to-date words.

The fourth clergyman was silent. When asked to express his opinion, he replied, “I like my mother’s translation best.”

The other three expressed surprise and wanted to know what he meant. “Well,” he explained, “my mother translated the Bible into her everyday life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.”

—- after William Barclay

A wise person once told me that the way I behave and act at home and at work is the best way to show people the true meaning of Christianity. In short, my life is an open testimony of what it means to be a follower of God. And I am ashamed to say that I have not always been the best example for my loved ones and friends, especially for those who are still non-Christians.

We can stand on a pulpit and preach the gospel ’til we’re blue in the face. We can put on shows, concerts, theater performances that will entice crowds and audiences. But the real show starts when the lights are off, when the stage is down, when we think nobody is watching.

Is our life a living testimony of Christianity, or are we just Christians in words, but not in deeds?

“Dear children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:18)

“If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works is dead, being alone.” (James 2:15-17)

May our lives always be a first-rate version of the bible.


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