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- Originally Published: July 24, 2012
The Holy Bible is the foundation of Christianity. Christians believe that the Bible can be understood by the presence of the Holy Spirit as the words are being read. The Bible is also the foundation for the ordinances of the gospel, including and the . Christians believe the Bible was written men who were guided by the power of the Holy Spirit. A verse from Hebrews 4:12 often cited is: "Indeed, the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." This statement explains why the "Word of God" has its own symbol.
An open book often represents the symbol of the Bible. However, there are many different images that can be added to the book:
- The Latin acronym VDMA, "Verbum Dei Manet in Aeternum."
- A cross floating over the center of the open Bible.
- A burning candle, suggested by 119:105, "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path," is symbolic of the belief that biblical provides wisdom, direction, faith, and eternal life to those that 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 thefaith.
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.