If only King Henry VIII had not died, he would have been 519 years old today. 465 years ago, the OctoKing gave a speech before Parliament explaining a great threat to Christianity: People besides priests were reading and talking about the Bible. He said to the nobles,
“Although you be permitted to read holy scripture, and to have the word of God in your mother tongue, you must understand, that it is licensed you so to do, only to inform your own conscience, and to instruct your children and family, and not to dispute, and make scripture a railing and a taunting stock against priests and preachers, as many light persons do. I am very sorry to know and hear how unreverently that most precious jewel, the word of God, is disputed, rhymed, sung, and jangled in every alehouse and tavern, contrary to the true meaning and doctrine of the same.”
Henry’s advice: Don’t argue or sing about the Bible. It will only lead to taunting priests with scripture!