Tri-Cities named America’s 4th most Bible-minded area

Published 8:32 am Monday, July 17, 2017

To the editor:
The Tri-Cities in Tennessee was named America’s fourth most Bible-minded area for 2017 by the American Bible Society. People were considered Bible-minded if they had read the Bible in the last week and believe strongly in the accuracy of the Bible. With Chattanooga found to be number one in Bible-minded cities, we can be proud Tennessee is probably the number 1 fan of the best-selling book in history — the Holy Bible. I support making the Gideon Bible the official book of Tennessee to honor both the Gideons and the Bible. The Gideons website is They are headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., and have given out over 2 billion Bibles and New Testaments over more than 100 years!
Willmington’s Guide to the Bible lists ten proofs that the Bible is the word of God. The first supernatural evidence is its amazing unity. The unity is achieved in spite of the long period of time involved (1,500 years) in its writing, the many writers (some 40) and their many occupations, the many different places it was written, and the many different styles of its writers. Second supernatural evidence is its indestructibility. Its indestructibility in spite of political persecution, religious persecution and philosophical persecution. Third supernatural evidence is its historical accuracy. Proven by archaeology. Fourth supernatural evidence is its scientific accuracy. The Bible is scientifically accurate. The Bible was the first book to correctly say that the earth is circular and suspended in space (Isaiah 40/Job 26). The fifth supernatural evidence is its prophetical accuracy.
The Bible predicts the future. Jesus fulfilled all predictions concerning the coming savior. The Bible predicted Israel would come back as a country and control Jerusalem in the end day just before the tribulation and the return of Jesus. Sixth supernatural evidence is its universal influence upon civilization. Western civilization and law are founded directly upon the Bible and its teachings. The Bible says that people are evil and can’t be trusted. So our founders put in checks and balances. Seventh supernatural evidence is its care and copy. There are more ancient copies of the Bible than any other book. Eighth supernatural evidence is its amazing circulation. More copies have been made of the Bible than any other book. Ninth supernatural evidence is its absolute honesty. God tells it like it is. God writes bad things about some of his friends and good things about some of his enemies. Human authors don’t consistently write this way. Tenth supernatural evidence is its life transforming power. The greatest proof that the Bible is God’s word is its amazing ability to change corrupt, evil people who repent (turn from sin) and turn to Jesus in faith, believing in the blood, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as your only payment for your sins.
Other books inform; only the Bible transforms. Millions have given up drugs and crime and their marriages and families have been saved after reading the Bible. Jesus said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” Psalm 30 says, “Every word of God is (pure) flawless.” Therefore paraphrases like the Message aren’t Bibles. To be a Bible it must be a word for word translation like the King James version. God has given us truth in every word of the Bible and the truth can’t be improved on! Reading, believing, and living up to the Bible commands such as “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is the only sure way to live up to Tennessee’s official slogan: ”Tennessee — America at its Best!”

D.D. Nave

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