Only book to live your life by

To the editor:

Over the years, Mr. Keranen has attempted to discredit the Holy Bible and now in a recent Gazette article, suggests that interpreting the Bible literally is the “height of naivete.” Or in other words, individuals who do are naïve, simple, gullible, and ignorant.

Nevertheless, it is interesting to note that throughout history there have been countless persons who have believed the Bible and theirs was a literal belief in the Scripture.

But, who were these naïve simpletons? Here are several folks you may or may not recognize, along with some of their brief comments concerning this book in question:

COUNT LYOF (LEO) TOLSTOI – Russian novelist

I have always been possessed by the religious ideas set forth in this book (Bible). For thirty-five years of my life, I was a nihilist… not a revolutionary socialist, but a man who believed nothing. Five years ago, faith came to me; I believed the doctrine of Jesus, and my whole life underwent a sudden transformation.

GALILEO GALILEI – Italian astronomer

I am inclined to think that the authority of the Holy Scriptures is intended to convince men of those truths which are necessary for salvation, and which being far above man’s understanding, cannot be made credible by any learning, other than by revelation of the Holy Spirit.

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS – sixth President of the United States

I deem myself fortunate in having the opportunity, to bear my solemn testimonial of reverence and gratitude to that book of books, the Holy Bible. The Bible carries with it the history of the creation, the fall and redemption of man, and discloses to him, in the infant born at Bethlehem, the legislator and savior of the world.

Quotes taken from A Cloud of Witness by Stephen Abbott Northrop, DD.

This book contains the testimony of Michael Faraday, Ben Franklin, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Victor Hugo and Michael Angelo, who with nearly 1000 other famous persons worldwide embraced the Bible and openly confessed their belief.

Any honest and fair-minded person must concede that these men were anything but naïve know-nothings. The record speaks for itself, for they are ranked among the best and brightest minds in history, and I for one am pleased to share their noble confession of faith.

Someone once said, when referring to the Holy Bible… “It’s a good book to live by… and the only book to die by.” I say amen!

Cal Niemela