Holy Irony

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A Japanese tourist in New York City was taking an American-made taxi cab from the downtown out to the airport.  On the way, a car zoomed by the taxi and the Japanese tourist said, “Ah, Toyota, made in Japan, very fast.”  The cabbie said nothing.  Another car zoomed by and the Japanese tourist said, “Ah, Nissan, made in Japan, very fast.”  The cabbie said nothing.  Another car zoomed by and the Japanese tourist said, “Ah, Mitsubishi, made in Japan, very fast.”  The cabbie said nothing.  Another car zoomed by and the Japanese tourist said, “Ah, Honda, made in Japan, very fast.”  The cabbie said nothing.  Finally, they arrived at the terminal and the cabbie pointed to the meter saying, “That will be one-hundred-and-fifty dollars.”  The Japanese tourist protested, “That’s a lot of money for a short drive.”  And the cabbie replied, “Ah, taxi meter, made in New York, very fast!”  Today, when you buy a new Bible and look at where it was made, the majority don’t say –  “Made in America” but “Made in China.”  In fact, on December 31, 2014, the communist nation officially became the world’s largest printer of Scripture with the 14th million copy of the year rolling off their presses.  This is due to the here-to-fore major Bible publishers (Holman, Tyndale, Zondervan) increasingly shifting production to Beijing due to lower cost.  Now China prints Bibles, including the KJV, in over 90 different languages.

How ironic – a country that doesn’t believe in God is now leading the way in spreading the Word about Him.

BIBLE TRIVIA

● The Bible is history’s best-seller.  Since 1815, over 2.5 billion have been sold.  Second in total sales in the same time period is Agatha Christie with 2.0 billion.

● The first English translation of the Bible was made by John Wycliffe way back in 1382 A.D.  The first printing of the Bible was by Johannes Gutenberg in 1454 A.D.

● The Old Testament took about 1,100 years to complete.  The first book, Job, was written around 1500 B.C. and the last book, Malachi, around 400 B.C.

● The New Testament took about 55 years to complete.  The first book, James, was written around 45 A.D. and the last book, Revelation, around 100 A.D.

● The oldest complete manuscript we have of the Bible dates from around 325 – 350 A.D.  It is written on 759 leaves and contains both the Old and New Testament.

● There are 14,298 different Hebrew and Greek words in the oldest manuscripts and they’ve been translated into 12,143 English words in the King James Version.

● The Bible was not originally written in helpful chapters and verses like we have it today.  The chapters came in 1228 A.D. and the verses in 1551 A.D.

● How long does it take to read thru the entire Bible?  You can do it all in one 70 hours sitting; or twelve minutes daily or 3 and 1/4 chapters a day for a year.

● Recently, the New York Times made a list of the five books most stolen from bookstores (according to store owners).  Number one on that list?  The Bible!