Some years ago an army officer found himself on a cannibal island in the South Seas. One day he came upon an old chief seated before his primitive hut reading the Bible in his own language. The officer asked the old man what he was reading. Holding up his Bible, the chief said, “Me read God’s Book.”
“Out of date, aren’t you?” the officer asked.
“Back in my country we don’t believe in that Book anymore. We have found out that it is just a book of myths.”
The old chief paused thoughtfully and then replied:
“Maybe you no believe Book your place. This Book make me good man. Before Book come my island I eat you. Now Book he change me. No cannibal any- more. All because Book he change headhunter to good man. Book change my heart. You tell me, white man, you wanta me throw Book away and eat you?”
The army officer went pale at the thought, waved his hand at the old chief, and muttered, “Keep your Book,” as he walked sheepishly on his way.
The Bible possesses a power that can actually transform people’s lives. Whenever people study the Bible and take it seriously, lives are dramatically changed for the better.