The Bible

Luther Blackmon
Noblesville, Indiana

For hundreds of years the Bible has led all other books in sales. It sells over twohundred times more than its nearest rival. It was the first book to be printed after the invention of the printing press with movable type. This was the Gutenberg Bible, named after the man who invented the printing press. If a copy of this could be bought today it would cost, most likely, a hundred thousand dollars. The British paid five hundred thousand dollars to Russia for a copy of it. The longest telegram ever sent was the New Testament. When the revised version was finished the whole of it was sent by wire from New York to Chicago. Parts of it have been translated into more than a thousand languages and dialects. The British & Foreign Bible Society prints twenty-two Bibles every minute, day and night, to keep up with the demand. So I hope I may be pardoned if I am not impressed when some self-styled intellectual says he does not have time to examine such a book. Those people remind me of something that happened in the days of Arthur Brisbane, noted columnist, related by the late Harry Rimmer.

An atheist made a speech in Kansas City in which he challenged God to strike him dead. Of course he was not stricken thus proving that either God does not exist, or He is powerless. Brisbane wrote up this atheist's haughty and blasphemous maneuver in satire. It went like this.

Two little ants were crawling along, out in New Mexico, and came to a railroad. "What is this?" asked one of the other: "This is the right-of-way of the Santa Fe railroad," answered his compadre. "Long trains run over these two rails every day, and it is all run by a man named Benjamin Storey, the President of Santa Fe, who lives in Chicago." "I don't believe that stuff," said the other ant as he disdainfully reared up on his hind legs. "Let that man Storey come out here and step on me, then I will believe it." Mr. Brisbane commented, "Can't you just see the busy president of the Santa Fe Railroad closings his office in Chicago and going to New Mexico to step on an ant." The atheistic gentleman made no more challenges in Kansas City.

January 1969