Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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What They Say About the Bible:

If you take out your statutes, your constitution, your family life all that is taken from the Sacred Book, what would there be left to bind society together?—Benjamin Harrison.

The Bible seems to me like a river of light flowing through my darkness and it has kept my hope of accomplishments bright when things seemed too difficult to overcome.—Helen Keller.

A whole Bible for my staff, a whole Christ for my salvation, a whole church for my fellowship, and a whole world for my parish.—St. Augustine, Bishop of the Latin Church, 395.

I must confess to you that the majesty of the Scriptures astonishes me; ... if it had been the invention of men, the inventor would be greater than the great­est heroes.Jean Jacques Rousseau, French Savant.

Read your Bible—make it your daily business to obey it in all you understand. To my early knowledge of the Bible I owe the best part of my taste in litera­ture.—John Ruskin, English Author.

Its light is like the body of heaven in its clearness; its vastness like the bosom of the sea; its variety like scenes of nature.—John Henry Newman, Catholic Cardinal.

The Bible has been the Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed; down to modern times no State has had a con­stitution in which the interests of the people are so largely taken into account. Thomas Henry Huxley, English Scientist.

The Bible is a book in comparison with which all others in my eyes are of minor importance, and which in all my perplexities and distresses has never failed to give me light and strength.—Robert E. Lee, American Soldier and Educator.

If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible our country will go on prospering and to prosper, but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury our glory in profound obscurity.Daniel Webster, Statesman, U. S. A.

Though assailed by camp, by battery, and by mine, the Holy Scriptures are nevertheless a house builded upon a rock, and that rock impregnable.—Wm. E. Gladstone, England's "Grand Old Man."

Behold it upon this table. I never omit to read it, and every day with the same pleasure... Not only is one's mind ab­sorbed, it is controlled, and the same can never go astray with this Book for its guide.—Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France.

The more profoundly we study this wonderful book, and the more closely we observe its divine precepts, the better citizens we will become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation.—Wm. McKinley, 25th President.

Almost every man who has by his life-work added to the sum of human achievement of which the race is proud, of which our people are proud, almost every such man has based his life-work largely upon the teachings of the Bible. Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President.

A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world who has deprived himself of this (a knowledge of the Bible).... There are a good many problems before the American people today, and before me as President, but I expect to find the solution of those problems just in the proportion that I am faithful in the study of the Word of God.

It is very difficult indeed for a man or for a boy, who knows the Scripture, ever to get away from it. It haunts him like an old song. It follows him like the memory of his mother. It forms a part of the warp and woof of his life.—Woodrow Wilson, 28th President.

. . . Above all, the pure and benign light of Revelation has had a meliorat­ing influence on mankind, and increased the blessings of society.

I now make my earnest prayer that God would be most graciously pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the divine Author of our blessed religion.George Washington, 1st President.

On one occasion a person asked D. L. Moody how he knew the Bible was in­spired, to which the evangelist gave the brief but correct response, "Because it inspires me."

The last words of a dying bishop were, "If I had my life to live over again, I would study the Bible itself more, and about the Bible less."


A Vast Collection of Bibles

Here we are in the midst of all sorts of revolutions—political, economic, social. And J. P. Morgan lends the Pierpont Morgan collection of illuminated Bibles to the New York Library for a public exhibit. Then what occurs? Why, people stop going to regular amusements to see this greatest collection of illuminated Bibles in the world.

The Morgans have spent actually millions collecting Bibles. I should say that some are worth from $300,000 to $400,000 apiece. I saw one that took four hundred years to complete, that represented the labor, the life labor of an infinite number of monks. Surely that is worth $500, 000.

In England a Bible, one of those ancient Bibles, has become a national issue. The British government has bought from Soviet Russia an illuminated Bible for several hundred thousand dollars. It is to repose in the British museum.

Labor is objecting. It is saying that the money should be given to the starv­ing.

In the future, however, the descend­ants of those who suffer now will look with pride upon that treasure. And may it not be that the Russians of the future, even in a land where religion as we knew it in the past was doomed, will sigh for the lost Bible?

The United States government bought a Guttenberg Bible two years back for a quarter of a million dollars. That reposes in the Congressional library.

While the market for art treasures is narrow at the moment, I should guess that a Guttenberg Bible was a good investment. That particular Bible is likely to be worth a million dollars fifty years hence.—Leslie Eichel, The Gideon.


Men Don't Know More Than God

Professor Robert Dick Wilson, great linguist, a man who mastered twenty-seven languages, to throw light on it, and who devoted thirty years of his life and more to the study of questions that bear on the Word of God, said this: "I have seen the day when I have just trembled at undertaking a new investigation, that is, some point in the Bible in connection with profane history, collateral history. I have seen the day when I have just trembled for fear of what it might show"—and he was a true Christian, who wanted to believe the Bible. "But I have gotten over that," he said. "I have come now to the conviction that no man knows enough to assail the truthfulness of the Old Testament. Whenever there is sufficient documentary evidence to make an investigation, the statements of the Bible, in the original languages and texts, have stood the test."—Sunday School Times.

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