The Bible is a very ancient book. Its antiquity is a wonder. It is a marvel that the Bible has remained until the present time. I am quite sure It would not have, had it not been that God had purposed that It should never be destroyed. According to Guinness World Records (15 March 2015), the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed.
Many Roman Emperors, especially Diocletian (AD 284—316) tried to completely eradicate the Bible by burning every copy of it. After two years of great effort, Diocletian boasted, "I have completely exterminated the Christian writings from the face of the earth!" During the middle ages, the Roman Catholic Church burned thousands of copies of the Bible. Voltaire, the noted French infidel, who died in 1778, made his attempt to destroy the Bible. In fact, within 100 years, the very printing press upon which Voltaire had printed his infidel literature, was being used to print copies of the Bible.
A few years ago H. L. Hastings in a book entitled Will the Old Book Stand? said, "The Bible is a book which has been refuted, demolished, overthrown, and exploded more times than any other book you ever heard of . . . . . But the Word of God 'liveth and abideth forever' "
"Men have died on the gallows for reading it, and have been burned at the stake for owning it. Yet in spite of the strongest forces that Hell could unleash and in the face of the animosity of tyrants and despots, there are more Bibles in the earth today than there are copies of any other book ever written by the hand of man!" (Rimmer, Seven Wonders of the Wonderful Word)
India Bible Mission's (IBM) mandate is to see the Bible in the hands of every Indian who cannot afford to buy it in its full price. From time past some paid the price through their lives, some invested finance and some invested their other resources. IBM desires to pay the price as did many in the past.