The Holy Bible
Author   Various, or God, it depends on your viewpoint
Year of Publication   Various
Links   The King James translation may be found here

The Muggletonians accepted the bible as authority, albeit without the books authored by Solomon, who according to Reeve was no "penman of holy writ" (Joyful News From Heaven Chapter 2 verse 20) and on the understanding that while the bible was inspired it had to be interpreted by the two witnesses. This requirement rather limited the possibility of debating theology with Muggletonians on the basis of biblical statements. The Muggletonians also accepted The Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs and the Book of Enoch as inspired canon.

The picture above is the bible that was proudly owned by my grandfather (The image above links to a higher definition scan), it is inscribed with the dates and location of where he was born again, where he was baptised and when he first took communion. My grandfather has rather touchingly crossed out the inscription that it is to be "read in churches" and replaced it with a command that it is to be "read everywhere".

I am very proud of my grandfather, like all men he was imperfect and I am sure that he would be the first to admit that his character did not always reflect the likeness of Christ but he always remained true to the promises that he made on May 30th 1920 in Sydney to:

"lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Heb 12:1

At the time of his death he was able to say:

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: " 2Tim 4:7

What better hope can there be for any life.


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