Every year on campus at the university
I attend, the Gideons
hand out little green copies of the new testament
. I don't mind them forcing their philosophy
on me because they're really nice old men standing out in the rain to spread their beliefs to a bunch of college students. So I took a copy and got it out today because I was REALLY bored at work and there was some interesting stuff in it. Here's one example:
The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are pinding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter. Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
CHRIST is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgement, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
I guess that's as good a definition as any. No matter if you believe or not, it's still kind of nice. Other things that I found of interest here: Where to Find Help, Teachings about some of life's problems, and Christian virtues and character.