– Secret Place Insights –
Dear One, long before Bibles were being burned in Portland, Oregon, like they were this past summer (2020), I started fearing an eventual ban on Bibles. At the time, over forty years ago, the thought of being forced to live without access to God’s Word of Truth was unbearable. Yet, Scripture teaches in Revelation that a time will come when bad will be considered good and good will not be tolerated by the general papulation. As we look around at the moral decay of our nation it is easy to see that the good for bad flip-flop is becoming horrifically evident.
So years ago, as I looked ahead, I wondered, what can I do? And this is what I came up with; I would be buried with a Bible. Now you might be thinking, “So what?” I get that, but hang on a minute. It is one way that a person can preserve the Bible for the time when Bibles are being banned, destroyed, confiscated, or rewritten according to Man. Today, many people read the Bible on their cell phones. Just think of how quickly every cell phone translation could be updated to follow a world view?
A few years ago, when Ron and I were making our funeral plans, we added my request to the written plans. Ron will be cremated, so no Bible for him. The book will be secured in a zip-lock, heavy-duty, freezer bag. The Bible will be a 1984 version of the NIV. For some modern translations are already making changes, like writing God as feminine or removing some of Jesus’ words. That will not do.
Did you notice that I won’t be buried with MY Bible. There is a good reason for that. Mine is peppered with notes from Genesis through Revelation. I hope that my children will someday take interest in reading them. Hey, even though I wrote them, I still find them interesting. It is falling apart, but with the tape I have added, I think it will see me through to my earthly end.
At a much later date, how will anyone know that in some cemetery, somewhere, there is a casket with a Bible in it? It will be mentioned at my funeral. I am counting on someone remembering, maybe generations later, that there was a crazy lady who insisted on being buried with a Bible. And maybe, just maybe, in the dead of night, someone desperate for the Word of God will dig me up and run off with a sound copy of God’s Word to share with other believers.
That’s my plan, and the crazier this nation gets, the less crazy I think I appear. I recently heard a friend of mine say that she’d like to be buried with a Bible too. That makes two!
So, yeah, I am writing this with the hope that more Christians will plan to have an authentically written Bible tucked in their caskets. Then, during the great tribulation, when the world has grown even darker than it is now, and there isn’t a Bible to read, people may remember other crazy men and women who were buried with their Bibles. What a stash!
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped
for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
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