Likens Bible to a Great Temple

From the Christian Science Journal, June 21, 1900, by

The Bible was the subject of yesterday morning’s sermon of Rev. W. A. Hunter at the First Avenue Presbyterian Church, and the subject was presented in a novel manner, likening the Bible to a temple which it had taken thousands of years to build, and which contained many and varied apartments.

“In what sense is the Bible perfect?” he asked. “Not in the sense that here are all the books written by inspired men, for some of these inspired writings are not now in existence. Christ and his disciples said much not recorded in the gospels, but enough has been recorded and preserved for our guidance to salvation. So the Bible is perfect as a rule of faith and practice. It is perfect also in comparison with other books, and has made a deeper impression on the history of the world than has any other book. In a famous cartoon of the Reformation Martin Luther is represented with an open Bible teaching the explorers, the literary men, and all the great of his day and generation. This is an actual fact. The Reformation was the birth of a new life in Europe. The Bible, being closed, had been re-opened, and whenever that is done new life is instilled into all around.

“What is the secret of the power of the Bible? The Bible is great, not in the men of whom it tells, as there are as great men to-day, nor in the battles which it describes, as they are insignificant when compared to modern battles. It is great in the way in which it traces the relation of man to God. The unity of the Bible is not simply the union of the bookbinder. Jesus Christ is the centre of it all.

“The sixty-six books of the Bible, written by more than forty different authors, men of all classes and conditions, constitute one book which may be looked upon as a great temple which it took thousands of years to build. The architect is God, and the workmen are the prophets and the apostles. The 31, 173 verses in the Bible are the stones or bricks of the structure which you enter through a beautiful garden. First you enter five chambers—these are the chambers of law and justice, and in pomp is the law proclaimed. Next comes a suite of twelve apartments where the historical records are kept. Then there is a gymnasium in this building—the book of Job, the saints’ exercising ground. And in the music room are the harps and the sweet psalm singers of Israel. Then comes the chamber of commerce, the stock exchange of the Bible, the book of Proverbs, which contains the wisdom of ages. Just off that is a little room where Jeremiah laments.

“In this great temple we find conservatories here and there, such as Ruth and the Song of Solomon. Fifteen apartments of peculiar splendor are those of the halls of prophecy, and then comes a modern part of the building—four chambers done in spotless marble and on the walls portraits of the Saviour. These four are the gospels. The workroom is not far off. It is the Acts of the Apostles. Twenty-one rooms, represent the epistles, fourteen of which were written by the Apostle Paul. Then comes the mysterious gallery, the book of Revelation. From the extraordinary sights met here, we emerge through a beautiful meadow, trees laden with fruits for the healing of the nations. We see the City of God bathed in beauty and through the gates of pearl we enter the

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