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The Bible's message of hope and healing

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and during that same time, the National Bible Association is celebrating its 67th National Bible Week, a time when people everywhere are encouraged to read the Bible. For many people, the Bible's message of healing and peace is in itself a cause for gratitude, and it seems especially appropriate to have the celebration of the Bible and Thanksgiving at the same time.

Also, the Society for Biblical Literature, founded in 1880 to foster biblical scholarship, held its annual meeting this week in Boston. These gatherings briefly create an international university of biblical scholars and also bring together Bible publishers.

Gaining an intellectual understanding of its contents is valuable for anyone who wants to understand the Bible, but to really get the blessings this book holds, readers will find that they need not only to believe it is true, but to live accordingly. In fact, the Bible's claim to the truth has been proved over the centuries as people have put it to the test. Its words had to be useful to survive for so long and still be widely read and seriously believed.

Each faith tradition has its particular emphasis on how to understand and put the Bible into practice. In many houses of prayer, its ancient insights still shape and sustain entire communities. In times of financial disaster, moral chaos, grief, and illness, people read the Bible for solace, guidance, instruction, and healing. This book also speaks to each reader, developing the conscience, forming character, bestowing the grace of forgiveness and salvation. It has been a constant source of inspiration for Western civilization.

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