Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bible Gluttony

The King James Bible has 788,280 words.  If I use that as my standard and multiply it by 46, I discover that I have a lot of eternal words floating around my house.

We have 46 Bibles.


46 x 788,280 = 36,260,880

Thirty-six million, two hundred sixty thousand, eight hundred eighty words.

Forty–six Bibles.


That seems excessive.  Gluttonous, if you will.

I have no idea how we achieved this number other than the Bibles date back to childhood, my childhood.  Six people live in our house.  Bibles were purchased as Christmas presents . . . Resurrection Day reminders.  Money was paid for Scripture that was on sale, but never given as a gift. 


I find it slightly embarrassing.  We have 46 Bibles . . . which doesn’t include the one on my Kindle and the Engineer’s phone.  And I just remembered . . . we have two more audio Bibles.

48 Bibles.


If each family member only kept one Bible, we would have 42 that we could give away.

Yet, when I suggested this to my children as I stared in disbelief at our Bible pile, they became mine-o-saurs.  All sorts of excuses were given from, “This has neat pictures,” or “But I read this last week and his stack is higher.”


With the force of the crash of this very stack of Bibles lacking support, I realized that I too horde God’s Word.  I don’t hide it like I should (in my heart) but I hoard my resources. 

How long did I know about Bible poverty but I did nothing about it?  How long did I sense God telling me to support Bible translation but kept my $26 in the bank . . . for a blog conference or an extra Starbucks?


A long time.

Too long.

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So, I dare you. 

A bunch of us are taking pictures of our Bible gluttony stacks. 

It doesn’t take 48 Bibles to transform a life. 

All it takes is having a verse, just one verse, translated into one person’s tongue.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16

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For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  (Romans 1:6)

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