December 5-11, 2011
Editorial: The Bible is the cornerstone of the church
Translated by Lydia Ma
The Arab Spring that began in late 2010 led to the resignation of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak in February of 2011 when Egyptians protracted protests on the streets of Egypt gave way to democratic reforms. To this day, Egyptians are still waiting for the election of a new national legislature and President and the military has taken control of the country for the time being.
Despite months of unrest, Egypt Bible Society General Secretary Ramez Atallah thinks this period offers a window of opportunity to share the gospel in Egypt. He believes that Egypt is entering “a new and exciting phase of Egypt’s destiny. People feel empowered because they have broken the bonds of a totalitarian system.” But when the dust settles, he predicts that people will realize that “true reformation of lifestyle and values can only be achieved when people’s hearts are changed by the Holy Spirit.”
For this reason, Atallah believes that now is the time for Christians to be more proactive in sharing God’s love and truth with the people of Egypt. To make the Bible more accessible to Egyptians, he has already sent a letter to Bible Societies around the world, entreating Christians everywhere to help and donate. “God’s Word needs to fill the political and spiritual void that currently exists in Egypt,” his letter reads. “A gift of £40 will get 10 more Bibles into the hands of people who are – right now – asking questions and desperately searching for justice and truth.”
On this Bible Remembrance Sunday, which takes place every second Sunday of December, we are once again reminded that the Bible is the cornerstone of the Church and the basis of the Gospel and our faith must be rooted in the Bible.
Taiwan Bible Society (TBS) joins other Bible societies from around the world in the work of translating, printing, and distributing Bibles. TBS’s work is completely self-funded and its vision is for each language in Taiwan to have its own Bible translation so that more people can learn about God’s amazing grace in their own language
In 2010, TBS published the Revised Chinese Union Version of the Bible. The Chinese Union Version has been the most widely-used version of the Bible for Chinese language speakers for the past century. The new and revised version offers a more modern translation and greater readability.
A major project for TBS for 2012 will be the publishing of the Contemporary Hakka Bible, which is slated for April. It is our hope that this Bible will help Hakka people who have never heard of the gospel to hear and read it in their own mother language.
As we mark Bible Remembrance Sunday, let us pray and support Bible translation ministries spearheaded by Bible Societies around the world. Let us also remind ourselves to read the Bible daily, meditate on its words, and enjoy fellowship with God through our daily Bible readings. The Bible shouldn’t be an ornament on our bookshelves taking up space, but rather, a book used to guide us on this journey toward sanctification.