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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 Tahatian 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, drink and fighting had left only one
man alive--John Adams. Eleven women and 23 children made up the rest of the Island's
population. So far this is the familiar story made famous in the book and motion picture.
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 100, nearly every person on Pitcairn Island is a Christian.
of the Times, August, 1988, p. 5.
Many years ago in a Moscow theater, matinee idol Alexander Rostovzev was converted
while playing the role of Jesus in a sacrilegious play entitled Christ in a Tuxedo. He was
supposed to read two verses from the Sermon on the Mount, remove his gown, and cry out,
"Give me my tuxedo and top hat!" But as he read the words, "Blessed are the
poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn, for they
shall be comforted," he began to tremble. Instead of following the script, he kept
reading from Matthew 5, ignoring the coughs, calls, and foot-stamping of his fellow
actors. Finally, recalling a verse he had learned in his childhood in a Russian Orthodox
church, he cried, "Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom!" (Luke
23:42). Before the curtain could be lowered, Rostovzev had trusted Jesus Christ as his
J.K. Johnston, Why Christians Sin, Discovery House, 1992, p. 121.