Wednesday, May 20, 2009


A preacher used to visit the prisoners in a jail regularly and share the word of God with them. He offered a copy of the Bible to each of them. One of the prisoners told him, “I do believe in the words of Jesus which you revealed to me. But the Bible you gave is of no use to me.”

“Why?” enquired the evangelist .

“Because I do not know how to read or write. If possible, give me a Bible without words!” the prisoner requested.

His words made the evangelist think deeply. Finally, he made a Bible for the illiterate prisoner. It had only four pages. Each page had a different colour. He presented it to the prisoner and explained the message of the contents:

“The first page is black in colour. It signifies sin and the sinful state of our mind before receiving the message of God.

The second page is red in colour. It indicates the Holy Blood of Christ which was shed on Calvary to remove our sins and redeem our souls.

The third page is white. It represents the purity and sanctity of a soul whose sins have been forgiven by God.

The fourth page has a golden shade. It denotes the eternal life of bliss in the heaven of happiness awaiting a saved soul.”

The prisoner was enlightened. He embraced the new Bible and held it close to his heart.

“The law of the Lord is perfect; it gives new strength. The commands of the Lord are trustworthy, giving wisdom to those who lack it” {Psalms 19: 7}.

This is story No. 129 in this site. Please click ‘older posts’ at bottom of page to read previous stories in this site.

By: Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.

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