Mt. Vernon Church of Christ Services Sunday A. M. Bible Study - 9:30 Sunday A. M. Worship - 10:30 Sunday P. M. Worship - 5:00 Wednesday Evening Bible Study - 6:00 Address 700 Mill Street Mt. Vernon, Indiana  47620 Contact (812) 838-2635 email Gospel Plan of Salvation Hear - Rom. 10:17 Believe - Mark 16:15,16 Repent - Luke 17:3 Confess - Rom. 10:10 Be baptized - Acts 2:38 Live faithfully - Titus 2:12 “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God...” (I Peter 4:11) Mt. Vernon Church of Christ

No other book ever had such strange vitality and inspiration as the Bible. It has set new ideals for civilization, new models for character and new conceptions of virtue and deeper hopes for happiness. It is a provoker of literature - - - a book-making Book. No other ever caused so much discussion about itself and its teaching. It has begotten a peculiar beauty in literature and all other arts, due to the new and quickening impulse it has given to the imagination of the whole world. The name of God is the Alpha and the Omega of the history of English literature. It is found from the opening verses of Caedmon to the paeans of triumphant faith sung by Tennyson and Browning. What unutterable loss the world would suffer artistically if deprived of the masterpieces inspired by the ideas . . . the emotions . . . the visions of the Bible! In sculpture there is Donatello's "David" and Michaelangelo's "Moses;" in painting, Raphael's "Sistine Madonna" and Murillo's "Holy Family;" in music, Bach's "Passion" and Handel's "Messiah;" in poetry, Dante's "Divine Comedy" and Milton's "Paradise Lost."


The Bible contains the essence of Hebrew thought. It is a collection of the best in the ancient literature of the Jews. Aside from this there is little else of exceptional charm or of the human appeal which is the genius of this Book of Books. As a historian, Josephus is outclassed by Herodotus, Thucydides, Tacitus or Gibbon and the few legendary gems scattered about in the Talmuds are negligible. The sacred volume is in reality a collection of sixty-six books of all varieties of age, authorship, forms and material, drawn together, as Dr. Van Dyke observes, "with a unity like the connectedness of a dramatic plot."


The problem of how one nation put so much richness and unity into such a collection would require for its answer a more intimate knowledge of those forces "beyond our present understanding," or in other words an appeal to divine inspiration for an explanation. Without going into that, the Book reflects the history and philosophy of the chosen race through a long, varied experience. Very close to the beginning God told Abraham that "in thy seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed," thus stamping upon the nation an early impression of future greatness under the direction of a Supreme Being ever present in the affairs of men. Now loyal, again rebellious, the race was led by the voices of the prophets into a fuller understanding and a profounder feeling of the righteousness and spirituality of God. The religious sense was developed in the most absolute form until finally in a time of national humiliation, the greatest prophet of all arose, claimed to fulfill the hopes of Israel in his own person and declared a new era of spiritual life - a deeper revelation of the eternal. This story with all of its moving mass of details is underneath the unity of the Bible, explains why its contents lie so close to the springs and sources of human life and consequently influences literature in such a marvellous way.


The influence of the Bible on literature is literally universal. Although it arose in the East and is clothed in Oriental form and imagery, like the sun it enters all lands and speaks to the heart of the world in hundreds of languages. It has an appeal for kings and peasants; for wise men and children. If it should be destroyed, it could be replaced from the quotations on the shelves of our school libraries. There are many works written showing to what extent the Book has influenced the great masters of literature.



Cled Wallace, Excerpted from The One Book Analyzed and Outlined






The Influence of the Bible On Literature
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