Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
People have been trying to destroy the Word of God for centuries! In Jeremiah’s day, the king Jehoiakim actually took a knife, cut out offending pages and threw them into the fire! (Jer. 36:22-23). The early Christians were brutally persecuted. Acts 8:3 says “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” But notice what happened (v. 4) Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
I found this really interesting:
“Attempts to destroy the Bible have always been a part of this remarkable book’s history. In 303 A.D., for instance, the Roman Emperor Diocletian issued an edict to destroy all Christians and their Bible. The persecution that followed as a result of this edict was one of the most brutal in Roman history. Toward its end, Diocletian ordered a monument to be erected and on it had these triumphant words inscribed, “The name Christian is extinguished.” Twenty-five years later, however, Diocletian was dead, his successor Constantine had legalized Christianity and had ordered Bibles prepared at government expense.
In 1776, Voltaire, the French philosopher, announced that, “One hundred years from my day, there will not be a Bible on earth except one that is looked upon by an antiquarian curiosity-seeker.” Yet, one hundred years later, his very own house and press were being used to print and store Bibles by the Geneva Bible Society. Ironically enough, at a public auction held one hundred years to the day of Voltaire’s prediction, the first edition of his work sold for 11¢ but a Bible manuscript was purchased for over half a million dollars!
Modern times are no different. In spite of fierce attacks by secular philosophies and totalitarian governments, more Bibles have been printed in more languages than any other book in each year of the 20th century.”
Why has it withstood all of these attacks? Because the Word of God is truth. Because we need it. Because it has vital information about salvation and how to obtain it. (2 Pet. 1:3; Acts 4:12) Because by it, we will ultimately be judged (John 12:48)