Protestant reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale (c. 1494-1536) gave his life because he believed in the power of the Bible. He said, “The nature of God’s word is, that whosoever read it, or hear it reasoned and disputed before him, it will begin immediately to make him every day better and better, till he be grown into a perfect man” (S. Michael Wilcox, Fire in the Bones: William Tyndale—Martyr, Father of the English Bible , xv).
Devout Christian and sixteenth president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), said of the Bible: “This Great Book … is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong” (Don E. Fehrenbacher, Speeches and Writings Part 2, 1859–1865 , 628; emphasis added).