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Fear Relieved

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One of the most dramatic examples of the Bible's divine ability to transform men and women involved the famous mutiny on the Bounty. Following their rebellion against the notorious Captain Bligh, nine mutineers, along with the Tahitian men and women who accompanied them, found their way to Pitcairn Island, a tiny dot in the South Pacific only two miles long and a mile wide. Ten years later, fighting had left only one man alive—John Adams. Eleven women and twenty-three children made up the rest of the Island's population.

So far this is the familiar story made famous in a book and play. But the rest of the story is even more remarkable. About this time, Adams came across the Bounty's Bible in the bottom of an old chest. He began to read it, and the divine power of God's Word reached into the heart of that hardened murderer on a tiny volcanic speck in the vast Pacific Ocean, and changed his life forever. The peace and love that Adams found in the Bible entirely replaced the old life of quarreling, brawling, and liquor. He began to teach the children from the Bible until every person on the island had experienced the same amazing change that he had found. Today, with a population of slightly less than one hundred people, nearly every person on Pitcairn Island is a Christian. 

Source: DTW, July 21, 2008

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