A few years back this family memorized a “creed” found at the beginning of a Gideon New Testament, and this summer we decided to re-learn it. I have a Great-Uncle Ralph from Idaho that often quotes this “creed.” I could not find the author.
Here is the printed out version found in the front of Gideon New Testaments. It differs very slightly from the audio above. Both are excellent. Even if you stop at the first comma, it is still a very profound thought. “The Bible contains the mind of GOD. . .”
The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
CHRIST is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents. – The Gideons International