"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God [Heb 10:31]; but a blessed thing it is, and will bring us to everlasting blessedness in the end, when God speaketh unto us, to hearken; when He setteth His Word before us, to read it; when He stretcheth out His hand and calleth, to answer, Here am I; here we are to do thy will, O God.
The Lord work a care and conscience in us to know Him and serve Him . . . ."
For this quote I am indebted to James Moffatt, who directed me to its source, the "Preface of the Translators to the Reader" of the King James (Authorized) Version, 1611, of the Bible, in his magesterial and eloquent "Introduction" to his own inspired translation of the Bible. Though fairly lengthy, this Preface should be a part of every KJV/AV Bible, but, shamefully, almost never is. Instead we get without fail the short, somewhat fawning, and largely irrelevant (today) "Epistle Dedicatory".
To attempt to comment or elaborate on the above passage would be impertinent. The humility, dedication, and scholarship of those translators shines throughout their Preface and their glorious translation and attests to their selfless dedication and diligence. Given the enormous sacrifices so many have made over the centuries to bless mankind with translations of this priceless book, any Christian Scientist who gives or has given the Bible short shrift should be mortified at his apostasy. A good annotated version of the Preface is available on the internet and is well worth perusing at least once.
The indelible importance of the King James Version (AV) of the Bible to Christian Scientists and the glow the Preface puts upon it make a felicitous topic for The Broken Net's 100th posting. "As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life." (S&H 497: 3-4)