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  • Biblical quotations taken from The Holy Bible, New Revised Standard Version.
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  • Christian Symbols - The Holy Bible


The Bible is the foundation of modern Christianity, and the book itself is a powerful symbol for many Christians. Christians believe that the Bible contains the word of God, which is essential for humans' spiritual progress and can only be properly understood with the aid of the Holy Spirit The power of God's word is suggested in the Bible itself: "Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."1Bible: Hebrews 4:12 Because the Bible represents the word of God, the book evokes strong emotions in many Christians.

The Holy Bible

An open book often symbolizes the Bible. However, there are many different images that can be added to the book:

  • The Latin acronym VDMA, "Verbum Dei Manet in Aeternum."2Bible: 1 Peter 1: 25
  • A cross floating over the center of the open Bible.
  • A burning candle, suggested by Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path," symbolizing the belief that biblical scripture provides wisdom, direction, faith, and eternal life to those who believe in and follow its commands.
  • Two scrolls representing the Old Testament and the New Testament, not preferred over the modern bound Bible, but useful for Christians in explaining the roots of Christianity to non-Christians.

Biblical symbols can be found on church signs or alongside the church name, on stained glass windows, table linens, or wall hangings. It is often plain in decoration and does not require extra symbolism because it stands on its own as a symbol of the Christian faith.

While all Christians believe in the Bible, the symbol is more often used among denominations that view the Bible as the infallible and inerrant word of God. Denominations that favor a more liberal interpretation of the Bible or include additional texts tend to favor other symbols more prominently.