Diocletian is long dead, but the Bible lives on

English: Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus ...
Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus (ca.245-313), Roman Emperor Diocletian. Marble bust, XVIIth century, Florence, Italy. On display at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There has been more opposition and persecution levelled against the Bible than any other book—yet it has surmounted them, and gone forth in greater numbers. Century after century men have tried to burn it and destroy it. Crusade after crusade has been organized to extirpate it. Kings have set themselves, and rulers of the church have taken counsel together to destroy it from off the face of the earth.

In the year AD303, the Roman Emperor Diocletian, inaugurated the most terrific onslaught that the world has known upon a single book. Every known Bible was destroyed, thousands of Christians perished, and a column of triumph was erected over an exterminated Bible with the inscription: “Extincto nomine Christianorum” (which means The name of the Christians has been extinguished). But Diocletian is long dead, and the Bible still continues.

My two cents

  • I think it was in the Guinness Book of World Records which said that the Bible is the best selling book of all time. Now if only we could have a society based on it.
  • I even knew of a pagan woman who had a tiny print version of the New Testament which was small enough to be a magnet on her fridge.
  • I can’t understand though why people in the Middle Ages were put to death for translating the Bible. Were the political leaders of the day that insecure?

Quote source

The Christadelphians (n.d.) A Commonsense View of Religion [booklet]. Logos Publications, Findon, pp. 8-9

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