The team behind the re-painting of an enormous Bible message that sprawls across a Mexican hillside are hoping to set a staggering four new Guinness World Records. The message is found upon a mountain in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, and simply reads: “The Bible is the Truth, read it.”
Despite being visible in the city of Ciudad Juarez for some 31 years, those involved in the refurbishing of the “Hill of the Bible,” which was originally created as a show of unity between evangelical churches, is hoping to break multiple world records in the process.
Last week, it took some 2,000 volunteers countless hours to apply a fresh coat of paint to the 50-meter tall letters. The records that the team are hoping to break include: the world’s largest invitation to read the Bible, the sign that covers the largest space (at 30,000 square meters), the sign painted by the largest number of people and the sign with the largest letters.
Gabriel Andavazo, a pastor in Ciudad Juárez who is heading up the maintenance project, explained to Evangelical Focus that the sign is actually made of stone, and periodically re-painted with lime. He also noted that although the application for a quadruple award of world records is exciting, the true aim of the monument is to “let everyone know that just one passage of the Bible is the greatest Guinness record made by God himself.”
Unfortunately, although the Municipal President of Ciudad Juárezeven, Armando Cabada, took part in the restoration project, there is one group who is not so happy about the giant scriptural invitation. “Punta de Lanza” believe that the “Hill of the Bible” has a negative environmental impact on the surrounding mountains of the region.
Ciudad Juárez es una comunidad con valores y gracias al trabajo de miles en lo que se considera una fuente de unidad,…
The group instead urged the Guinness World Record staff to look into “the destruction of natural areas in the mountains of Juárez,”and subsequently make “a detailed assessment of the environmental impact that it has suffered over the last thirty years.”
But Pastor Andavazo has assured the group that no damage has been caused by the work.
“If we did not pick the garbage we clean up, which are two full trucks at each cleaning visit, there certainly would be ecological damage,” he noted, adding that lime paint has been proven to be utterly harmless to the environment.
(H/T: Evangelical Focus)