Can Believe The Bible
The famous mutineers who sank the British ship Bounty, ended up settling with their native women on the lonely island of Pitcairn. The group consisted of nine British sailors, six Tahitian men, ten Tahitian women, and a girl of fifteen. One of the sailors discovered how to distill alcohol, and soon drunkenness corrupted the island colony. Fighting among the men and women grew into violent exchanges.
After a while only one of the original men who reached the island survived. But this man, Alexander Smith, discovered a Bible in one of the chests taken from the ship. He began to read it and to teach the others what it said. As he did so his own life changed, and finally the lives of all on the island.
The islanders were completely isolated from the outside world until the arrival of the United States ship Topaz in 1808. Its crew found the island a thriving, prosperous community with no whisky, no jail, no crime. The Bible had changed the island from a hell on earth to an example of what God wants the world to be.
And so it is today. We know because the Voice of Prophecy is in contact with the island of Pitcairn through shortwave radio. Tom Christian, a descendant of the Bounty mutineer Fletcher Christian, is a ham radio operator and talks to us each week.
Does God still speak to people through the pages of the Bible? He certainly does. As I write this, Im looking at the answer sheet sent to us by a student of one of our Bible courses. A note at the bottom states, I am on death row in the Utah State Prison. Before I took this Bible course, I was lost, but now I have some-thing to look forward to, and I have found a new love.
God uses the Bible in a powerful way to transform peoples lives. Wherever people really begin to study the Bible, lives are dramatically changed.