The Soldier’s Bible

“Among the very greatest men, a disproportionately large number have been diligent and close students of the Bible.”—President Theodore Roosevelt.

“To The One I Love” was engraved on the steel cover of this WW2 (soldier’s) Testament. Presented as a gift from the serviceman’s mother, its owner carried this Stuart Bible Company Testament through several major European battles, including the Battle Of The Bulge. He was awarded 4 Bronze Stars for his service to our country.

In 1944, the Stuart Bible Company was held in violation of War Production regulations (because of the steel used in the soldier’s Testament covers, without authorization.)

The Stuart Company of Cincinnati, OH., printed the following words of the President on the first page of this Testament; “The White House, Washington; As Commander-In-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspiration of the human soul.”—President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Additionally, “The American Bible Society   ¹  provided more than 7.4 million Scriptures to those serving in the U.S. armed forces during World War II.” Military Artifacts. ◊ WWII New Testaments, Protestant Version, were issued by The Army Of The United States with a United States Of America War Office seal on the front cover.” ◊ What is “The Heart-Shield Bible“? ◊ WW2 Testaments provided by the Gideons; “There is comfort in knowing that days before bombs dropped at Pearl Harbor, New Testaments were placed in the hands of many of the servicemen and women there.” “Days before the D-Day invasion, a U.S. Chaplain presented troops with copies of God’s Word from The Gideons International.” ◊ “President gives Bibles to the military.” ◊ The Pocket Testament League.

More soldier Bibles;  ¹   ²   ³   ¹   ²  ◊ WW1: Clement Hobbs’ Bible. ◊ Vietnam: “Bible With A Bullet Hole.” ◊ 1902: “During the week from May 31st to June 5th, the Confederate Reunion was held in Richmond. (VA) This was the occasion for a gathering of not only many thousands of those who wore the gray,” but for thousands of visitors, including many who wore the blue.” It was felt that this would be a great opportunity for effective Bible distribution, and so it proved to be. It was agreed to distribute a souvenir copy of some portion of the Bible.

The Bible Society of Virginia, therefore, in view of this fact, undertook the work, defraying all cost of the price of the books used and the cost of the distribution, etc. Between 15,000 and 20,000 assorted penny Gospels were used. Mr. Swann, who was one of the distributors, gives an interesting account of the occasion. The following is taken from his report:

I was called to Richmond to attend the Confederate Reunion, and to help distribute portions of Scriptures among the old soldiers. These portions were in the form of souvenirs, having on their covers little Confederate flags—1865-1915 Confederate Reunion. This made an appropriate and a sacred souvenir for the old veteran.

The Reunion lasted from May 31st to June 5th. There was much rain that week, and many of the old soldiers could be seen crowded into doorways and under every available shelter—some of them reading the little books. The flags on the covers awoke in the minds of some of these old soldiers thoughts of the Testaments that they used to read in camp.

 Here are some of the incidents:

  • “A ball mutilated a Testament in the pocket of a soldier; he was given time for penitence and prayer.
  • Another soldier put his Testament in a pocket next his heart. A ball struck the Testament, flattened, and fell harmless to the ground. One more opportunity given a soul to be saved!
  • A dying soldier’s last act was to give his Bible to a comrade to send to the little girl at home. God’s message to her—was the dying man’s mute appeal— meet me there.’

In all this I remarked an interesting fact—all of these long-treasured Testaments that I have seen had been published by the American Bible Society.”—Quoted from; The Annual Report of the American Bible Society; 1916.

THE INTRODUCTION PAGE FROM WW 1 TESTAMENTS GIVEN TO SOLDIERS

“The Bible is the Word of Life. I beg that you will read it and find this out for yourselves—read, not little snatches here and there, but long passages that will really be the road to the heart of it.

“You will not only find it full of real men and women, but also of things you have wondered about and been troubled about all your life, as men have been always, and the more you read the more it will become plain to you what things are worth while and what are not; what things make men happy—loyalty, right dealings, speaking the truth, readiness to give everything for what they think their duty, and, most of all, the wish that they may have the real approval of the Christ, who gave everything for them; and the things that are guaranteed to make men unhappy—selfishness, cowardice, greed, and everything that is low and mean.

“When you have read the Bible you will know that it is the Word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.” President Woodrow Wilson.

ROOSEVELT ON THE BIBLE

“A letter from President (Theodore) Roosevelt upon “The Bible” furnishes an interesting feature of the thirteenth anniversary exercises of the Epworth League of Strawbridge Methodist Episcopal Church, Baltimore:

President Roosevelt, together with a large number of other prominent men of the country, was recently asked by Mr. Charles P. Cleaveland, president of the Strawbridge Epworth League, what class of men and women the world most needs now.

President Roosevelt’s letter was as follows:

Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes what a very large number of people tend to forget that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally—I do no mean figuratively, I mean literally—impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards toward which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves.

Almost every man who has, by his life work, added to the sum of human achievement of which the race is proud, of which our people are proud, almost every such man has based his life work largely upon the teachings of the Bible. Sometimes it has been done unconsciously, more often consciously, and among the very greatest men a disproportionately large number have been diligent and close students of the Bible at first hand.

“Lincoln—sad, patient, kindly Lincoln, who, after bearing upon his weary shoulders for four years a greater burden than that borne by any other man of the nineteenth century, laid down his life for the people whom living, he had served so well— built up his entire reading upon his early study of the Bible. He had mastered it absolutely; mastered it as, later, he mastered only one or two other books, notably Shakespeare; mastered it so that he became almost a ‘man of one book,’ who knew that book and who instinctively put into practice what he had been taught therein; and he left his life as part of the ensuring work of the century that has just closed.

“You may look through the Bible, from cover to cover, and nowhere will you find a line that can be construed into an apology for the man of brains who sins against the light. On the contrary, in the Bible, taking that as a guide, you will find that because much has been given to you much will be expected of you, and a heavier condemnation is to be visited upon the able man who goes wrong than upon his weaker brother who cannot do the harm that the other does, because it is not in him to do it.

“I plead, not merely for training of the mind, but for the moral and spiritual training of the home and the church; the moral and spiritual training that have always been found in, and that have ever accompanied the study “of this book; this book, which, in almost every civilized tongue, can be described as ‘The Book,’ with the certainty of all understanding you, when you so describe it.

“The immense moral influence of the Bible, though, of course, infinitely the most important, is not the only power it has for good. In addition there is the unceasing influence it exerts on the side of good taste, of good literature, of proper sense of proportion, of simple and straightforward writing and thinking.

“The Bible does not teach us to shirk difficulties, but to overcome them. That is a lesson that each one of us who has children is bound to honor to teach these children, if he or she expects to see them become fitted to play the part of men and women in our world.

“When we read the Bible aright, we read a book which teaches us to go forth and do the work of the Lord; to do the work of the Lord in the world as we find it; to try to make things better in this world, even if only a little better, because we have lived in it. That kind of work can be done only by the man who is neither a weakling nor a coward; by the man who, in the fullest sense of the word, is a true Christian—like Great Heart, Bunyan’s hero. We plead for a closer and wider arid deeper study of the Bible, so that our people may be in fact as well is in theory ‘doers of the word and not hearers only.” Quoted from; The Washington News Letter; 1902.


The following quote must not describe us. “How many people today wear a cross necklace or WWJD bracelet…not to shamelessly proclaim, “Jesus is Lord,” but because they think God is obligated to shield them from all harm if they just cover themselves in Christian symbols?”–Evangelist Col. Tim Moore, Lamb & Lion Ministries. Read more here.

And, it’s most important to consider this⇒ Only those who have accepted Christ—are truly saved by God’s Word. The most effective armour we can possess—is GOD’S ARMOUR!

How you can be saved.