Alive and ActiveStuart Jones The dictionary defines the word endure as to suffer patiently or remain in existence. When looking at the endurance of the Bible, both dictionary definitions are applicable. There exists a long history of attempting to keep the Bible out of the hands of the common man. The Catholic Church from the 13th-19th century made proclamations and passed laws to forbid the translation of the Bible for local populations. In the face of attempts by governments, churches or leaders to keep the Bible silenced, the breath of God still exists. God has been diligent in making his story available to each of us.