Question – do you take your Bible for granted?
Question – do you believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God?
Great leaders such as Martin Luther, John Hus, John
Wycliffe, Johann Gutenberg,
William Tyndale , John Colet, and many others have helped to make sure the Bible was
something for everyone to read.
One of Wycliffe’s followers, John
Hus, actively promoted Wycliffe’s ideas: that people
should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, and they should oppose the tyranny
the Roman church that threatened anyone possessing a non-Latin Bible with execution.
Hus was burned at the stake in 1415, with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire.
The last words of John Hus were that, “in 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform
cannot be suppressed.” Almost exactly 100 years
later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention (a list of 95 issues of
heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at
The prophecy of Hus had come true!
(a.k.a. Jan Huss) was a religious thinker and reformer, born in
He initiated a reform movement based on the ideas of John Wycliffe. His followers became known as Hussites.
The Catholic Church did not condone such uprisings, and Hus was excommunicated in 1411 and burned
at the stake in
trial . . .
exactly 100 years later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his
famous 95 Theses of Contention
(a list of 95 issues of heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at
The first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in the 1380's AD by John Wycliffe,
an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian.
Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 1450's, and the first book to ever be printed was
a Latin language Bible, printed in
Now lets’ look at some Scripture about God’s Word . . .
The Bible has additional has examples that God’s work load should be shared.
Moses’ Father in-Law:
Moses’ father in-law understood the enormous work load that Moses had taken on
to be a Judge of the people of Israel, and suggested to Moses to train other leaders
to share the load . . . God’s work is not for one person to bear alone, but as a
shared duty of many.
The Holy Spirit:
Not all Christians have the same spiritual gift, but all Christians have the power
of the Holy Spirit in their life. Once again . . . God’s work is not for one person to bear
alone, but as a shared duty of many.
Lesson learned: The Bible is For ALL to read.
Lesson learned # 2: God’s work load is to be shared.
The website http://www.greatsite.com/sitemap.htmlhas pictures and stories of some of
the older versions of Bibles (and some of them for sales). The item that I like is the free
information about some of the authors such as Hus above. Per greatsite.com:
New Website Links Added April 2013:
Additional website information added April 2013 thank you to
the suggestion of students