There was a story I once heard, and today, it’s known as more of a fable, a bedtime story for children. But yet, as I heard more and more about this book, I became genuinely intrigued and decided to write a snapshot on it. As I began to research and catalog information, I had little idea of exactly what I was in for. To begin with, I found a modern translation of this book, and began with some careful searching to see what it was all about. After a while, I discovered that this book was started being written over 4,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest surviving documents in the history of the world.
Soon I found, unlike many other books I’ve read, that this was instead a compilation of dozens of other books, approximately sixty, with dozens of authors as well, but all writing within the same cohesive storyline. The last book in the compilation, from what I could gather, was finished just under two thousand years ago. What absolutely astounded me was its historical accuracy. This book, while widely known in the world as fiction, directly correlates to events in history that unfolded while it was being written. So, while there are for certain some sections that are almost unbelievable to think of as nonfiction, the true and untampered historical record lines up perfectly with the details in this book. What confused me to begin with, however, was the fact that the legitimacy of this book has been widely and often fiercely debated in the past and present.
Not to spoil anything for you, but in this book, the main character built a safe haven for his kingdom. A place where his people could live in peace. Years went by though, and the people turned their back on the just, loving King, saying that maybe he didn’t know best after all. They wanted to lead themselves, free of the shackles that having a leader and rules supposedly enforced. They drove him out of their hearts and from his rightful place on the throne. Exiled from his own kingdom, he reluctantly moved away, forever hoping to prove to the people that he truly wanted the best for them. To live among them. To have the chance to know them personally. His loyalest subjects were hunted down and exterminated: the very mention of the rightful king driving some mad with anger.
After many, many years, he learned of a plot against his country from the outside; and although it had driven him out, exiling him in hatred, he still felt unconditional love for it, and most importantly, its people. Sending his son as a personal messenger, the son alerted the country of the imminent danger, putting himself in harm’s way as the inevitable confrontation neared. In the end of the book, the prince sacrificed himself to save the country and people that he as well as his father had so deeply loved, despite the fact that they had repeatedly turned their backs on them.
This book was phenomenal, and the themes represented in it are unbelievably impactful. After reading it, I slowly began to figure out why this causes such a stir not only today but throughout history. Many well known scholars I’ve heard have stated plainly that this is nothing more than mere fiction, a nice story that parents read to their children, I found quite the opposite to be true. As much as this book is historically accurate, discussion of it is greatly discouraged in public schools and colleges. Quotes from this book that could be found on public buildings, statues, and books are being uprooted and scribbled out of textbooks.
There’s a mountain of information compiled about this and I’ll be happy to point you to it, but we don’t have space for all of it right here. Now, each of the locations in this book are found in the real world just as they are described, if not a little weather-beaten. The archaeological excavations around these sites have only confirmed without a shadow of a doubt that the events in this book happened just as described, exactly when it said. While some people regard the story as a massive conspiracy, a trick leading its readers down the primrose path, I disagree strongly with that.
See, the naysayers start with the proven fact that this book was written by dozens of authors over a period of about two thousand years. And while initially one would think that extended length of a timeline would compromise their ability to tell one cohesive and truly detailed story, with every single true detail surviving without distortion- to be impossible, somehow, the opposite is true. There is proof enough to rock the world, yet so many are blind to the blatant truth for some unexplainable reason.
Honestly, the sheer amount of information supporting the validity of this specific book is overwhelming, but I can’t help wanting to discover more.
In the end, it’s up to you. You either read it, or you don’t. This book isn’t fiction, and the truth about it is undeniable. The book has implications even in today’s world, and its themes are deeply embedded everywhere you look. “I don’t really read books, though,” you might say. I am being completely honest and serious when I tell you that this is not a book you want to miss. As unfathomable as it might seem, thousands of people: thousands of teenagers, have died for this book. This book has been banned in over 50 countries, and despite the fact that its readers are persecuted all around the world, many are willing to give everything if it means that they can read it.
Why is a book worth it all, though? The answer is simple. Throughout all of history, this book has been a solitary constant, even when empires and civilizations collapsed around it. Even when every single copy of it was ordered by a Roman Emperor to be burned to ashes, it survived nonetheless. Even now, it’s changing lives and transforming hearts. Not because it’s a neat yet fictional story, but because it’s more than a book. Not one book in history has ever been more hated or despised, caused such division, or ripped countries apart by their seams. But on the other hand, not one book has transformed as many lives with its awe-inspiring truth, caused such healing, and built the strongest nations on earth as this book. If this was just an ordinary book, none of this would be worth it.
But it’s more than that. This book is worth it all, because there’s nothing on earth that’s more powerful. It will change your life, and you’ll never be the same again. You’ll never want to be, though, because this life-changing book is the living Word of God.
The Bible is so much more than a book or a bedtime story. It’s a lifeline.
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