By Gary DeMar
Thursday evening we were pleased to host a special Museum Night for families in the community where we got to show them the Passages exhibit — part of the largest private collection of biblical artifacts — and speak about The Impact of the Bible on the Worldview of the West, as well as announce progress on our new Worldview Study Bible project. Folks who came were given an opportunity to donate to this project.
In 2007 we were blessed to help Tolle Lege with the special re-printing of the 1599 Geneva Bible — the first complete English Bible that the common man could read with his family. Translated, edited, and filled with notes by the Reformers themselves, that Bible has been a huge success and blessing to people all over the world. Born in the fires of the Reformation persecution, the Geneva Bible was the one carried over by first Christian founders of America, the translation that led King James to commission his English translation, and the Bible that first encouraged and fueled much of Christian culture in the West.
The notes of the 1560 Geneva Bible launched the Reformation round the world by helping Christians learn the Bible that had been kept from them for hundreds of years. Its notes challenged the divine right of kings. Christians realized that God’s Word applied to this world as well as the next. We wouldn’t be exaggerating if we said that it was the Bible that made America.
In time, the legacy of the Geneva Bible was lost by a note-filled Bible that neutralized several generations of Christians. The notes of the Scofield Reference Bible shaped the worldview of millions of Christians. There is a theory that the editors of the liberal Oxford University Press published the Scofield Bible because they believed the notes would lead to the disengagement of Christians from culture.
They were right.
Scofield’s Bible encouraged Christains to disengage from the culture around them. For 30 years, American Vision has sought to reverse the damage and now is on the brink of the tool to change the world: A Worldview Study Bible.
With the support of fellow Christians across America, our goal is to release the Worldview Study Bible well before 2017—the 500 year anniversary of the hammering heard around the world when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the church door of Wittenburg. We have already begun design work for the iPad app and desktop version of the Worldview Study Bible. This is your opportunity to help us reverse the damage of apathy, neutrality and liberalism.
This is our chance to make the Bible for the next 500 years of Reformation!