In a Sunday School classroom at my church, there are some Bibles available for the kids to use during class. The back of each Bible contains the following description:
This book is remarkable! The book you’re holding in your hand is high-powered and life-changing. It’s the most loved book in the world, having improved more lives, strengthened more hearts, healed more homes, and motivated more humanitarian projects than any other book ever written.
Today the Bible is the most widely translated, published, and read book of all time. By its teachings weak people find strength, worried people find peace, confused people gain answers, and intelligent people grow wiser. Open these pages and experience all the Bible has to offer you.
Did you notice what is missing? God. Jesus. Sin. Wrath. Cross. Resurrection. Salvation. Eternal life. Do the publishers consider these to be unimportant issues?
The focus is all on temporary things and provides a false sense of hope for this lifetime. Jesus warns us to focus on the eternal promises, not the temporary:
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
We are also warned in Scripture that by putting our faith in Jesus as our Savior we may suffer for him:
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake (Philippians 1:29).
Obviously, talking about suffering, persecution, and martyrdom does not sell a lot of books. Unfortunately, there are far too many “Christian” preachers and teachers today who are peddling the same false gospel as the back of these Bibles. Thankfully, the inside of the Bible was written by God. Hopefully everyone who reads the backside will recognize the false message written by men.