For a long time, the center of Christianity in Europe was not Rome but
Constantinople. In the Imperial Palace they placed a throne; a throne on which
no one ever sat. On that empty throne they put a copy of the four gospels:
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. One wonders if it was only symbolic. Certainly
all symbols and all symbolic acts have value, but the important thing is not
where we put a copy of Scripture. It is whether or not we learn from it and
live by it.
One Christian lady in the twentieth century always kept a Bible on
her coffee table, and would never allow another book to be put on top of it.
That's all right, provided the Bible also was at the top of her spiritual
agenda. The teachings of Christ, and Christ Himself, should sit on the throne
of every believer's heart.