RELATIVELY few people realise that this month marks the 400th anniversary of the translation and publication of the King James version of the Bible and that Britain played a major role in spreading the Bible to much of the world.
This enthusiasm continued for hundreds of years.
Although 1900 was the first year in England in which religious works did not outnumber all other publications, it can be argued that Britain’s enthusiasm for the Bible lasted until the end of the reign of King George VI.
Despite the Queen kissing the Bible at her coronation service and promising to uphold its laws, successive governments have progressively rejected God’s laws and replaced them increasingly with man’s laws, with the resultant breakdown of the family and consequent social and economic problems. Certainly it is not surprising that our national decline has coincided with this rejection of godly values.
As we are confronted with a variety of seemingly insurmountable problems that threaten to overwhelm us, the time has surely come for national contrition and another day of prayer like the one called for by the Queen’s father in the dark days of 1942.
A I Stubbs, Bridlington