Military recruits issued with new waterproof bibles

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The New Zealand Defence Force is issuing new recruits with waterproof Bibles, endorsed by TV adventurer Bear Grylls, in a worldwide military first.


The act of presenting military personnel with Bibles harks back to World War I when personnel were presented with them by King George V.

Even in modern times, NZDF Chaplain Class One Lance Lukin says he still distributes around 2500 Bibles a year.

"In moments of crisis, pulling out a Bible can provide our service men and women with reassurance and strength," he said.

Chaplain Lukin is the brainchild behind the camouflaged book of faith after coming across a waterproof version in a Wellington bargain bin last year.

"I saw it and immediately thought 'how cool is that' and wondered how it could be adapted into an NZDF resource specifically for new recruits."

He emailed American publisher Bardin & Marsee who agreed to design a purpose-made Bible for NZDF personnel.

Written By: Kurt Bayer
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  1. “In moments of crisis, pulling out a Bible can provide our service men and women with reassurance and strength,” he said.

    While it will make extra weight in a backpack, it could be useful if they need something to light a campfire.

  2. “I have yet to meet an atheist in Everest’s Death Zone or in a lifeboat!”

    Ah, the no atheists in foxholes argument. Just how many lifeboats has this guy been on, anyway? Maybe his sample size is lacking.

      • In reply to #11 by Jabarkis:

        Grylls writes: ” have learnt though, over the years, from numerous expeditions close calls and hairy moments, from Everest, through to my time in the SAS, the Arctic and the Antarctic, that it takes a proud man to say that he never needs any help. And I have yet to meet an atheist in Everest’s Death Zone or in a lifeboat!”

        If he’s actually been in that kind of situation more than once, perhaps atheists know something he doesn’t?

        Perhaps he wasn’t actually there at the time they were!
        BG was exposed for his survival TV programs where he set up camps for the cameras, nipped off to a hotel for the night, and returned to continue surviving rough in the morning!

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-470155/How-Bear-Grylls-Born-Survivor-roughed–hotels.html
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        Faking It? Bear Grylls in Born Survivor

        Channel 4 last night began an investigation into the claims, which follow a number of embarrassing incidents in which programmes screened by the station were found to have misled the public.

        Grylls’s show attracted 1.4million viewers when it was shown in March and April, with audiences enthralled as he demonstrated gruesome survival tips that included sucking the fluid from fish eyeballs and squeezing water from animal dung.

        But an adviser to Born Survivor yesterday claimed that many of his other escapades were not exactly as they seemed on TV.

        In one episode filmed in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains he was shown biting off the head of a snake for breakfast and boasting that he was living on ‘just a water bottle, a cup and a flint for making fire’.

        Viewers were not told that he was actually spending some nights in the Pines Resort hotel at Bass Lake, where the rooms have Internet access and is advertised as ‘a cosy getaway for families’ complete with blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

        In another episode when Grylls declared he was a ‘real life Robinson Crusoe’ stuck on a desert island, he was actually on an outlying part of the Hawaiian archipelago and retired to a motel at nightfall.

        Mark Weinert, a survival consultant brought in for the programme, said one show also wrongly gave the impression that the adventurer built a Polynesian- style raft using only materials around him, including bamboo and palm leaves for a sail.

        Mr Weinert had in fact led a team that built the raft, which was then dismantled so that Grylls could be shown constructing it on camera.

        In another episode, Grylls was filmed attempting to lasso ‘wild’ mustang in the Sierra Nevada, when the horses were actually tame and had been brought in by trailer from a nearby trekking station.

        ‘If you really believe everything happens the way it is shown on TV, you are being a little bit naive,’ Mr Weinert told the Sunday Times.

        Fanciful story telling is a feature of faith-thinking and “liars for Jebus”:- So using a TV celebrity miracle superman faker should be no surprise!

    • In reply to #4 by Sue Blue:

      OOOOoooo!! Toilet paper that doesn’t fall apart at a critical moment and won’t get soggy in your pack!

      and

      “In moments of crisis, pulling out a Bible can provide our service men and women with reassurance and strength,”

      What, No more absorbency?

  3. Most seasoned soldiers would not carry extra useless weight into battle. It just gets in the way of kissing your ass goodbye when your time comes. But, most soldiers are mindless minions for a corrupt system that supports the greed of the few toward killing the competition for control. The world will never change as long as there are idiots willing to kill in the name of stupidity.

    • In reply to #6 by AlGarnier:

      Most seasoned soldiers would not carry extra useless weight into battle. It just gets in the way of kissing your ass goodbye when your time comes. But, most soldiers are mindless minions for a corrupt system that supports the greed of the few toward killing the competition for control. The world wi…

      And won the freedom for you to make said comment…don’t forget about that bit.

      • In reply to #32 by Ignorant Amos:

        In reply to #6 by AlGarnier:

        Most seasoned soldiers would not carry extra useless weight into battle. It just gets in the way of kissing your ass goodbye when your time comes. But, most soldiers are mindless minions for a corrupt system that supports the greed of the few toward killing the competi…

        Yes and I thank them for their selflessness and my good fortune. The soldier of the future should be extensively trained to use their heads in saving lives and settling disputes. There is always a better way and the military should defend the people’s wishes not a handful of greedy, religiously bent politicians. The majority of the world population should dictate how we choose to live together in mutual respect without rattling the religious sabres of war. We need a beefed up UN without member veto power to mould a better world for humanity.

        • In reply to #33 by AlGarnier:

          Yes and I thank them for their selflessness and my good fortune. The soldier of the future should be extensively trained to use their heads in saving lives and settling disputes. There is always a better way and the military should defend the people’s wishes not a handful of greedy, religiously bent politicians. The majority of the world population should dictate how we choose to live together in mutual respect without rattling the religious sabres of war. We need a beefed up UN without member veto power to mould a better world for humanity.

          Agreed…but while the military are the tools of the democratically elected governments, it is the voter who must be held responsible, not the squaddie, thick or otherwise. A poor craftsman will always blame his tools for his own inadequacies. A soldiers duty is to follow orders after all..

          • In reply to #34 by Ignorant Amos:

            As you say, it’s not the squaddie. But, you can’t blame the voter for trying to pick a fresh fruit from a compost heap. As I said before, the system has to change spiritually, socially and politically; most important, scientifically. We need to defeat hunger & slavery and protect world citizens.

  4. Why does anybody even care about this story? If they want to carry the bible let them and if they don’t then let them do that. There actually exist people who read the bible, not sure how, but they do and so I don’t care let them.

  5. When I was in military pokey under close arrest for murder, I told the Padre to fuck off…..once he realized I didn’t really give a fuck….we became good friends…for a while at least.

    Enya and Tetris got me through it.

    • In reply to #14 by Ignorant Amos:

      When I was in military pokey under close arrest for murder, I told the Padre to fuck off…..once he realized I didn’t really give a fuck….we became good friends…for a while at least.

      Enya and Tetris got me through it.

      Wow! Paul, I’ll bet there’s a story there!

      Cheers,

      Steve

      • In reply to #17 by Agrajag:

        Wow! Paul, I’ll bet there’s a story there!

        An epic story indeed Steve….needless to say, the charge was reduced to manslaughter and I was acquitted at Courts Martial. I have a respect for the capital punishment debate given the potential for it to have gone pear shaped in my own case.

        BTW, nice to see ya commenting again.

  6. You guys are getting it all wrong, water proof means plastic, can’t eat it, can’t light a fire with it, can’t even wipe your bum with it! Perhaps they could have one that folds out into a poncho or rain coat. At least if you buried it it would sequester a bit of C02 for a few thousand years.

    • In reply to #15 by Reckless Monkey:

      You guys are getting it all wrong, water proof means plastic, can’t eat it, can’t light a fire with it, can’t even wipe your bum with it!

      Looks like it was specially designed using faith-thinking to be a totally useless dead-weight! – Par for the course!

  7. “In moments of crisis, pulling out a Bible can provide our service men and women with reassurance and strength,” he said. “However, the best you can really hope for is that it will stop a stray bullet, and good luck with that.”

    There, fixed it. ;-)

    Steve

  8. FFS! Military procurement can’t get anything right. Who the fek is going to think now where’s my bible instead of where’s the fekkin ammo?

    They should have had some chosen verses embroidered on their shreddies so that when they whip off their kecks and bend down to kiss their arses goodbye they can reel off a few words of comfort.

  9. I’ve got a better idea. Pray for the Bibles not to get wet. If any of them do, Christianity is false. If they don’t even though they should, there’s no obvious explanation besides their god being real. Proving it would be more useful than simply continuing to believe it.

  10. …because the first thing everybody reaches for when surrounded by flying bullets and exploding bombs is a book. Yeah. Uh-huh. Sure. Anyone else reminded of scenes from Dr. Stranglelove? I suppose if the text was printed on Kevlar pages, and a soldier padded his vest with them or glued a few thousand copies to the shell of their armored transports, they might actually stop a bullet or deflect some explosive force. Otherwise, the best place for them would be the recycle bin.

  11. Haaahaaa, lol. The New Zealand Defense Force….What important military campaign did they spearhead??? Ohhhhaaahaha.
    Seriously, war is a fact of life. The bible is a molestation of the will.

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