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- Posted: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 20:09:50 +0000
Japan rose, fell, and recovered fine without the Bible.
From the end of the 19th century until about midway in the 20th century, Japan was becoming quite its own superpower until its defeat during World War II. It had built up an Empire of its own by that time. Once it was defeated, however, the treaties sort of stripped it of its power and its economy suffered for decades but once again rose to prominence as we see it now. Although, the economy could be doing better over there, it shows that one does not need a Bible to "rise, fall, and recover". The closest thing to the Bible during that period was Western ideals but I doubt you merely meant Western ideas as that could mean that all of the Bibles could go up in smoke right now and we would do fine so long as we have the ideas of the Enlightenment era.
(And I assure you, Japan has a very minimal Christian presence.)