Life magazine published a book listing the most important events of the last 1000 years. Some of the events you might expect to be there, like #2, Columbus’s voyage to the New World in 1492. Some events you’re glad are there, like #93, the invention of painless surgery. Some events you might be surprised to find, like #82, the invention of Coke in 1886.
But the #1 most important event of the last millennium, according to Life? The printing of the Bible on Gutenberg’s printing press in 1455! This led to the Bible (and other books) being distributed to the public at large for the first time, which helped bring about the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the United States of America— to name a few things.
Life got it right. The Bible has been the key to the advance of civilization. It is also the key to our personal spiritual advancement.
Reference: The Life Millennium: The 100 Most Important Events & People of the Past 1,000 Years (Life Books, 1998)
Psalms 119:4-6 – “You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments.”
via “Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day”