Disposal of a Bible

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  1. jpfrench81

    jpfrench81 Puritan Board Sophomore

    Is there a proper way to dispose of a Bible? We have a Bible that's probably getting close to the end of it's life, and I'm not sure what to do with it.

    It seems wrong to throw it away since it is the Word of God, but on the other hand, it's a combination of paper, ink, and a little cardboard, so it seems idolatrous (in the sense of worshipping a book) to worry about throwing it away. On the other hand again, it seems that you would dispose of something you greatly value in way that shows that you value this thing.

    Obviously, I'm a little confused. What are your thoughts?
  2. Scott1

    Scott1 Puritan Board Doctor

    1) Look at having it re-bound so you can continue using it

    2) Give it to someone in need.

    3) After due diligence there, ask one of the Bible distribution organizations, e.g. The Gideons- they have standard procedures for re-binding or repairing for re-circulation of the many Bibles they place.
  3. rbcbob

    rbcbob Puritan Board Graduate

    "IT", i.e. your worn out English translation, is not the Word of God. The Word of God is eternal and cannot be destroyed. Less than 6,000 Greek MSS survive today and any number of them could (alas) perish tomorrow. But the Word of God endures forever. Your modern and relatively faithful translation of the Word of God served you well but it must go the way of all the earth eventually.
  4. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    If it's really worn out and essentially served its purpose, I would just throw it away.
  5. LeeJUk

    LeeJUk Puritan Board Junior

    Throw it away in my opinion.
  6. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable Staff Member

    Wrap it up, place it in a box and store it in your attic for your survivors to discover.

  7. JennyG

    JennyG Puritan Board Graduate

    If you throw it away, at least wrap it up well first so nobody sees it in the rubbish and is either a) worried or scandalised, or b) encouraged to treat Bibles with disrespect.
    At the local school here the whole first year were given little Gideon New Testaments. Later my 12-yr-old (at the time) son saw some kids using one as a football. He knew that it was only "paper, ink and a little cardboard" , but even so he was quite seriously upset.
  8. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    That's a cool idea.
  9. CovenantalBaptist

    CovenantalBaptist Puritan Board Freshman

    There is a ministry that distributes old Bibles internationally Christian Resources International. This is the writeup from Tim Challies:

  10. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Some people will not dispose of old American flags by just throwing them in the trash. If that is the case, that person needs to dispose of his bible and treat it better than the flag. Otherwise, do whatever.
  11. Jerusalem Blade

    Jerusalem Blade Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I got rid of an old KJB a while back someone had given me, but it was in too bad shape to use. I carefully put it among some others papers (as in recycling), and sent it on its way.

    My own personal Bible of 42 years is likewise too old to use -- the pages are cracking and discoloring, the ink from penned margin notes / cross-references is deteriorating, etc -- eventually I will have to send it on its way also. But that will be hard; its pages are stained with tears and sweat. I trust the Lord will give me a new copy when I go to Him. So I can put this precious thing in the garbage when it's time.
  12. Montanablue

    Montanablue Puritan Board Doctor

    If you want it to last, don't put it in an attic. It will likely mold, deteriorate, get chewed on by mice etc. If its meaningful enough to pass on to your children, then just give it to them now or keep it in a safe (ie cool, dry, and safe from rodents) place and pass it onto them when you die.
  13. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable Staff Member

    I should have said a hermetically sealed box or nice tupperware container. ;)

  14. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist Staff Member

    the way you're actually supposed to dispose of a US Flag when soiled, torn or otherwise sufficiently damaged so as not to be functional is to burn it. I'm not sure that giving that treatment to the Bible is good or bad - but certainly it should not simply be trashed. If the Bible is still readable, then I would definitely get it to someone who is able to make it serviceable again for someone else's use. If it's so far gone as to be incomplete and unuseable in a reasonable way, then perhaps burning is a reasonable solution.
  15. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    What if it's cheaper to replace than fix?
  16. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist Staff Member

    Often it will be cheaper to replace than fix. However, if it's possible to fix a Bible and send it somewhere where someone who cannot afford a Bible can receive it, isn't that the better place to go?
  17. SolaScriptura

    SolaScriptura Puritanboard Softy

    Have someone play Taps, and then stand at the position of attention and salute the Bible as it is burned in a charcoal grill.
  18. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    I also have a problem with just throwing the Word of God out as Rubbish. I have written and undlerlined things in all of my Bibles. I am with Patrick on this one. I have a few just sitting on my shelves that are worn out. They can stay there. I have a couple of Bibles that have been handed down to me from my ancestors. I even have a Lutheran Devotional from Centuries ago that belonged to my Great Grandmother's family. It's German language is so old that a person I know who spoke German couldn't read it.

    Old Bibles aren't worshipped here but they are treasured. I have a heritage given to me from my ancestors and I will add to the collection.
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