I was inspired to post this from here.
This book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of life, the doom of sinners, the happiness of believers. Read it to be wise. Believe it to be safe. Practice it to be holy. It gives light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler's map, the soldier's sword, the Christian's chart. Here Paradise is restored: Heaven is opened and the gates of hell described. Christ is its Theme, our good its design and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, a river of pleasure. It is given us in life, will be open in judgment, and remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and condemns all who trifle with it. The Bible sets forth two things-the Cross and the Throne.
The Old Testament points toward the Cross. The Gospel tells the story of the Cross. The Epistles point toward the Throne. The Revelation tells the story of the Throne.
The Old Testament tells us what sin leads to and ends with the words; "Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse". (Malachi 4:6 KJV)
The New Testament shows the way out of sin and ends thus: "the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all". (Revelation 22:31 KJV)
If you happen to disagree with anything in the above paragraphs, it's not my problem. I didn't write it; I just copied it. :-)
The Bible is the greatest of all books:
To study it is the noblest of all
pursuits; to understand it, the
highest of all goals. ~Charles C. Ryrie~