MadNews Edisi 9/IX/2017-2018 - This week, the 7th graders of Jehovah’s Witnesses studied the importance of the Bible. They studied about why the New Encyclopedia Britannica once described the Bible as “probably the most influential collection of books in human history.” Through research and discussions, students tried to find the answer to the following questions:
How could a book written thousands of years ago possibly be relevant in this modern world? Can the Bible really contain information that is practical today? Has science proved the Bible to be false?
In this lesson, students saw for themselves that no Biblical statements about the Earth contradict Galileo Galilei’s discovery. This is only one of many evidences that the Bible agrees with science. Through the discussion about Galileo Galilei, students were also helped to realize that all of us must learn much, but not God. As Jesus once said, “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away”. On the left, students can see two of Galileo’s telescopes with which he discovered four moons circling the planet Jupiter.
Another chapter for this week is about the wide distribution of the Bible. Although its origin goes back 3500 years ago, it is still very much alive. It is by far the most widely distributed book on the Earth. Students also learnt to appreciate the first printed Bible. The first edition printed from movable type came off the printing press of the German inventor Johannes Gutenberg, about 1455. The picture on the left shows part of a page from Gutenberg Bible in Latin. Since then, an estimated four billion Bibles (the whole or in part) have been printed. (Iwan Soetarman)