Why are there so MANY Bibles?
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The Bible Society of the United Kingdom calculates that the number of Bibles printed between 1816 and 1975 was around 2.45 BILLION. By 1992, the estimated number printed rose to nearly six billion and by 2007 to 7.5 billion. This means there is roughly one copy of God's word for each person on earth! Clearly, the Bible is the best selling book of all time! These figures do not include the COUNTLESS digital versions of the Scriptures being accessed today by computers, smart phones, iPads, etc. etc.
A complete translation of God's word has been published in over 450 languages. The New Testament alone has been distributed in nearly 1,400 languages, with the Gospel of Mark in over 2,300 languages. They represent the primary means of reaching over 90% of the world’s population with God's truth.
These statistics reflect the fact that the United States, since its inception, has been a Bible-reading and believing nation. This is evident in such founding documents as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The preamble of nearly every state constitution invokes the name "Almighty God." Until recently, God's word was used for teaching the basic standards of private and public moral conduct. It has been the "foundation" of America's laws and judicial system.
Because of the adherence to the Bible and its principles, the United States has been blessed beyond measure - making it the wealthiest and most generous nation in the world. People in the United States annually contribute billions of dollars to churches and private charities in order to help the less fortunate. The U.S. government also contributes billions of taxpayer dollars in assistance to many of the downtrodden nations of the world.
In the twentieth century America was at the forefront when it came to fighting wars in the name of God to rid the world of evil despotism. Furthermore, for over one hundred years, all denominations of Christian churches in the United States have been the primary leaders in preaching the Gospel to the world.
Yet, these stark facts and figures chronicle a story far greater than numbers alone suggest. They document the awesome fulfillment of Jesus Christ's prophecy that "assuredly" in the end times the Gospel would be preached and published throughout the entire world before the end!
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14, Holy Bible in Its Original Order - A Faithful Version (HBFV))