A low condition of bodily health is produced by inattention to the laws
of nature as to suitable diet. As this leads to the "drug habit," or to
the immoderate use of stimulants in the natural sphere, so it is in the
spiritual sphere. A low condition of spiritual health is produced by improper
feeding or the neglect of necessary food, which is the Word of God; and
the end is a resort to all the many modern fashions and novel methods and
widely advertised nostrums in the Religious world in the attempt to remedy
the inevitable results.
The Root of all the evils which abound in the spiritual sphere at the present
day lies in the fact that the Word and the words of God are not fed upon,
digested, and assimilated, as they ought to be.
If we ask the question, Why is this the case? the answer is, The Bible
is not enjoyed because the Bible is not understood. The methods and rules
by which alone such an understanding may be gained are not known or followed;
hence the Bible is a neglected book.
The question Philip addressed to the Eunuch (Acts 8:30,31) is still greatly
Understandeth thou what thou readest?
And the Eunuch's answer is only too true to-day:
How can I, except some man should guide me?
In this book certain canons or principles are laid down, and each is illustrated
by applying them to certain passages by way of examples. These are intended
to be taken only as examples; and the principles involved are intended to
be used for the elucidation of other passages in the course of Bible study.
By the aid of twelve simple canons or rules, other passages and subjects
may be taken up and pursued both with pleasure and profit -- subjects which
are even yet matters of controversy and of conflict.
We have to remember that the Bible is not a book of pure Science on the
one hand, nor is it a book of Theology on the other. Yet all its science is
not only true, but its statements are the foundation of all true science.
And, it is Theology itself; for it contains all that we can ever know about
The cloud that now rests over its intelligent study arises from the fact
that it is with us to-day as with the Jews of old -- "The Word of God has
been made of none effect by the traditions of men" (Matt. 15:1-9).
Failing to understand the Scriptures we cease to feed on them; then as
a natural consequence, and in inverse proportion, we lean on and submit
to "the doctrines of men," and finally reach a theological desert.
We believe that this book will furnish just that help which Bible students
need. This text has but one object to "Open the book"; to let it speak;
to hear its voice; to study it from within itself; and have regard to other
objects and subjects, only from what The Word of God teaches about them.
The method of the "Higher" criticism is to discredit The Book, or a passage
on internal evidence. How To Enjoy The Bible takes the method to establish
and accredit Holy Scripture on internal evidence also, and thus to derive
and provide, from its own pharmacopoeia, an antidote to that subtle and
This method of study will reveal more convincing and "infallible proof"
of inspiration than can be adduced from all the reasonings and arguments of
Like Ezra of old, this books desire is to "Open the Book" and let it speak
for itself, with the full conviction that if this can be done it can speak
more loudly, and more effectively for itself, than any man can speak on
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