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The Bible

Here for good

The world's most read book with over 5 billion copies printed

So why is it so good for Australia?

Over the last 200 years, the Bible has done Australia a lot of good:

Belief in human dignity
The Bible is a foundation to our human rights and our legal system

A passion for community service
Bible readers are more likely to volunteer to help others.

Our great charities
Of the 30 largest charities in Australia, 26 are faith-based.

The values we cherish
The most common ANZAC statement is “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” It’s a Bible verse that captures our national vision for humility, sacrifice and friendship between equals.

A vision of eternity
If there is one Bible word all Australians would recognise, it’s eternity. It’s the message of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ, a love that will last forever.

 

I was asked by the European court, what are the philosophic basis of the right to human dignity and I said, firstly, the parable of the good Samaritan – Geoffrey Robertson QC

About the Bible

The Bible is not one book but a collection of writings by people from many and varied backgrounds. Each writer was guided by the Holy Spirit of God, yet their individuality and character is still evident.

It is all one story, however – about God, who loves his creation so much that he himself paid the price that would restore humanity to fellowship with God. The Old Testament looks forward to, and the New Testament centers on, the life, death and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

The purpose of the Bible is to show us who God is, what God is like, and what he has done. As we read its words we understand more of what God in his love requires from us.

200 years of sharing the Bible in Australia

We’re celebrating our 200 years of sharing the Bible by doing more of what supporters want us to do – championing the Bible across the world, from prisons in Australia to churches in China.

You can start reading the Bible today.

 

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Current series: New Life

It’s easy for God’s people to get distracted by the trials and temptations that plague us as we live life in the world. Romans5-8 teaches us who we really are – the people of God who have been bought by the blood of Christ, destined for eternity. Series runs February 19 – March 4. Prepared by Vaughan Olliffe.

Coming up: The Bible in Australia

A whirlwind tour highlighting the influence of the Bible on Australian life across the past 200 years, from the time of the founding of the Bible Society in Australia. Series runs March 5-18. Prepared by Greg Clarke.

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