Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S June 2021

REV JOHN K-S 05-2021Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston

According to Guinness World Records, the Bible is the bestselling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed. According to a survey carried out by Christian Research in 2010, the average household in the UK has a Bible in the home, with 69% of over 65s having more than one copy
Despite these statistics and the fact that the majority of homes in the UK have a Bible somewhere, the fact remains that it is probably the least-read book in most homes. For some, the reason is pure scepticism. Someone recently wrote this to me: “I think it’s incredible that the large majority of people on this planet still believe in what has no more evidence to support it than do ghosts, fairies, goblins, Superman, Bugs Bunny etc etc”
For others, the Bible just seems to be completely irrelevant to their lives. And for some, the Bible remains some strange unintelligible book which they do not understand or know how it should be read. All this seems strange perhaps in a country where, in the 2011 Government Census, 72% of the population described themselves as ‘Christian’; and in a 2015 YouGov poll, two-thirds of people said they believed in God or a “greater spiritual power”
One purpose of these “Opening the Book” articles has been to do literally that: to help people to know what sort of book the Bible is, how best to read it and understand it, to discover that the Bible is the only book that truly has the power to answer the most important and fundamental questions of life and to completely transform one’s life from the inside-out
St Paul wrote to a close friend called Timothy: “All Scripture (that is, the Bible) is God-breathed (‘inspired’) and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”. Rather than repeat everything I have written so far, if anyone would like to have a copy of all the previous articles, let the editors know and I will email you a copy. (Apologies that printed copies cannot be supplied). Next month I will suggest how one might best begin to read this most important of all books


published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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