“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear King James Bible, Happy Birthday to you!”
They’re carrying archaic copies of the King James Bible inside Westminster Abbey. Photo: Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty Images
The King James Bible just celebrated its birthday! Now go and snatch that King James Bible from your shelf (some of you may need to dust it off) and recite a verse in its honour.
The UK Prime Minister recently sang its praises to the Church of England to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. David Cameron’s speech surrounding the Bible astonished many people, including me! It unmistakably upset many non-Christians. Notorious atheist, Richard Dawkins, lambasted David Cameron’s speech by calling the Bible “a terrible moral compass” and saying that Cameron is “not a real Christian.”
I never envisioned David Cameron as a King James Bible cheerleader since he’s a “vaguely practising Church of England Christian.” Nonetheless, his reverence towards the Bible made it seem like he translated it himself!
Cameron’s message shocked me because Great Britain is godless. Don’t believe me? Book a plane ticket over here and see firsthand what I’m talking about. The evidence of the decline of Christianity shows in its statistics. 58% claim to be Christians, yet only 15% actually go to church once a month (Source: Tearfund, April 2007).
I can only imagine what the statistics are now.
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David Cameron opened up his speech stating how “the Bible is a book that has not just shaped our country, but shaped the world.” Despite Christianity’s downfall, the Bible still ranks number one in the best seller lists. The Guinness Book of World Records declared the Bible as the world’s best selling book. Interesting, right? Oh, the irony!
Cameron insisted the King James Bible is applicable today as it was ages ago. He gave three reasons:
“First, the King James Bible has bequeathed a body of language that permeates every aspect of our culture and heritage.
Second, just as our language and culture is steeped in the Bible, so too is our politics.
Third, we are a Christian country. And we should not be afraid to say so. Let me be clear: I am not in any way saying that to have another faith – or no faith – is somehow wrong.
I know and fully respect that many people in this country do not have a religion. And I am also incredibly proud that Britain is home to many different faith communities, who do so much to make our country stronger. But what I am saying is that the Bible has helped to give Britain a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today.”
To read David Cameron’s full speech, click on link below:
Prime Minister’s King James Bible Speech
David Cameron and the government revealed they will send copies of the King James Bible to every school in the country. Will students actually read it? I doubt it. They’ll prefer reading one of the Twilight books over the Bible.
“The scholars who produced this masterpiece [King James Bible] are mostly unknown and unremembered. But they forged an enduring link, literary and religious, between the English-speaking people of the world.”
– Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of UK
“There is no doubt in my mind that the King James Bible not Shakespeare set this language on its path to become a universal language on a scale unprecedented before or since.”
– Melvyn Bragg
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