We can try to ignore the Bible, but we will fail. We can minimize its import, but we are only kidding, and hurting, ourselves.
The Bible is the most popular, and controversial, book in human history. There are those who love and live by it, those who revile and attack it, and those who ignore it. Great leaders in the past have honored it:
“The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be written in the world.” Charles Dickens
“The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.” Napoleon Bonaparte
“The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible, ‘In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.’” George Washington Carver
“That Book accounts for the supremacy of England.” Queen Victoria
“In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man. All the good Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for this Book we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable to man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.” Abraham Lincoln