The numbers are in, and we have a winner. For the 551st year in a row, the Bible is the number one selling book in the world. More than 25 million copies of the Bible were sold in the U.S. alone in 2007, easily thumping the closest competitor, the latest Harry Potter book, which sold 14 million. Selling Bibles is big business in America. More than $770 million worth of the Good Book were sold in a dizzying variety of shapes, sizes, colors, editions, and translations. In America, having access to a Bible--a Bible custom fit to your preferences and personality--is a given. That isn't the case many other countries, where having even a portion of the Scriptures is a luxury. In other parts of the world, being caught with a Bible is a crime.
It's hard to understand why governments would fear this book. It doesn't call for the overthrow of those in power. The central character of its 66 books doesn't advocate violence. If anything, the Bible says we are to love our enemies and bless those who persecute us. On the surface, there's not a subversive word among its more than 31,000 verses.