“The most valuable thing this world affords”

When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, there was a significant moment during the coronation ceremony, when she was presented with a Bible, and told by the Archbishop of Canterbury: “We present you with this Book, the most valuable thing this world affords. Here is wisdom. This is the Royal Law. These are the lively oracles of God.”

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‘The most valuable thing this world affords’, ‘here is wisdom’ – such wonderful words to remind not just a queen, but each of us. That we do need the Bible not just for the wisdom it affords, but because it is the Word of God given to us; that in its words, there is living power to transform lives. Yet sadly, we just treat it like any other book, as Gandhi pointed out:

“You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilisation to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.”

How true and how sad.

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~ by irwin on March 16, 2013.

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