I got an interesting question from a friend tonight asking what the proper, reverent way was to dispose of a Bible no longer usable. A good question. One I had never considered before. Partly because I tend not to throw out any book, let alone an old Bible and partly because I keep notes in the margins.
But I didn't know the answer; and after a quick google, I found out there apparently isn't one. The first site I hit on Google offered a good way to do it though. Wayne Weissenbuehler answers this question in a column.
What's the proper way to dispose of unusable Bibles?Isn't that the truth? Bibles should be well worn, underlined, and written on in the margins with personal notes and thanksgiving to the Most High.
Oh, how I wish this were a problem for us. We have too many Bibles in wonderful mint condition.
He goes on to suggest we follow the Jewish tradition of the burial of holy scripture "in a cemetery with a liturgy of committal." I like it. I would think a church could save up Bibles and bury a bunch at a time. Or perhaps a church could have a small piece of their property set aside for a Bible cemetery.
I had to stop and ask myself why there isn't a proper way (that I or immediate family and friends know of) and the thought I've come up with is that the Word of God is living and supposed to be written on our hearts, and so the actual text, though immensely important is not as reverent as the living Word of God in us, the Children of God.
"For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God." (1 Peter 1:23 NIV)
“My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 7:1-3 NIV)