Jeremiah 23:29 – “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
The Bible is not a passive Book, but a fire that can melt hearts of steel, and a hammer that can break evil rocks of opposition into helpless powder. That’s why atheists are so fearful of its effect upon those who have access to its wonderful pages.
When a Soviet official was asked why a study of the Bible was frowned upon in his country, and why those who dared to print and distribute it were severely punished, he replied, “We find that the reading of that Book changes people in a way that is dangerous to our state!”
During World War II when the Nazis occupied a new territory, they immediately placed all Christians in concentration camps if they made public commitments to the Word of God. They had found that those who clung to the Bible would not compromise their faith or yield to the evil edicts of a godless dictator.
The same type of opposition was manifested during the Boxer Rebellion in China. A little girl whose father had been murdered because of his faith hid herself in a cornfield to elude her persecutors. She was soon discovered and threatened with death if she did not reveal where the family Bible had been concealed. Testifying that it was her daily strength and comfort, she refused to tell them and was soon cruelly martyred. She chose to die rather than give up that treasured Book.
Those who oppose civil and spiritual liberty continue to suppress God-inspired Scriptures, for they consider them “dangerous.” To the believers, however, it remains their beloved “Handbook to Heaven”!