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Respect for the Bible

The mystery novels of Agatha Christie have been enormously popular. Only the Bible and the works of Shakespeare have sold more copies. At the time of her death she had sold more than two billion copies of her books all over the world.

Her play Mousetrap opened in London in 1952 and has been running ever since, the longest continual theater production ever. But the oddest part of her fame is this. The front cover of her book Evil Under the Sun turned up in New Guinea where it was revered as an object of worship!

We are sometimes accused of worshiping another book -- the Bible. But we do not. We treat it with respect because of the message it contains, but we do not worship the paper or the binding or the covers. We worship the One Who is revealed to us on those pages, not the pages themselves.