The Broader Question of How We Treat Bibles Generally
Given that’s Sunday, I wasn’t going to post anything here today, but on my general blog, I decided to take the subject we looked at yesterday and expand it into a general survey of things I want to discuss there in a future article. If you want to weigh on this I’ve closed comments here, but there’s a link in the closing paragraph here that will get you there if you wish to say something, either as a regular reader or in your capacity as a Christian bookstore manager, owner or employee.
…I need to ask for your help with something I’m working on for a future article; and this possibly applies more to those of you who have been a Christian for a longer period of your life, or even grew up in the church.
I want you think about a Bible in physical (print) form that you once owned, or that you own now, and ask if you have any reservations or feelings about one or all of the following questions. (i.e. pick one and focus on it, or attempt to answer a few…)
- Is it okay to leave a copy of the Bible lying on the floor? (Either flat or upright.)
- Is it okay to have your Bible in a stack of other books with other books piled on top of it?
- Is it okay for stores to sell Bibles in damaged condition? (Especially if pages are slightly torn?)
- If a Bible becomes damaged, what is the proper method of disposing of a Bible? (Regular garbage / recycling / never dispose of … Consider the possibility of water damage if your home is flooded, for example.)
- Parents: Do you lean toward letting your kids use their Bible at whatever cost to its physical condition, or do you encourage greater reverence for the physical copy? (Keeping it in a special place, etc.)
- Finally (here’s a tricky one) what about underlining, circling, highlighting or the current fad of coloring in Bibles; is that appropriate? *
I don’t get a lot of feedback here despite the number of readers, but I really need your help on this one. Please use the comments, not the contact page, so everyone can see your response. And feel free to share the short-link for this article http://wp.me/pfdhA-8HS on social media. (Tell your friends it’s an open-ended survey about the care and feeding of Bibles.)
* The coloring Bible samples were already in my picture file; please don’t focus entirely on that particular question.
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