Using the Bible has blessed America far and beyond all other nations. Emphatically opposed by atheistic God-pretenders, the Bible has miraculously withstood the ravages of their criticism and persecution.
About 1400 B.C.—The first books of the Bible were written by Moses. Creation’s God introduced His Word through the inspiration of righteous men, such as Moses, speaking as the Holy Spirit moved them. The Genesis book detailed creation, the enticement of Eve by Satan when she rejected God, introduced the institutions of the church, marriage, and government, and prophesied about the coming of the Savior.
About 250 B.C.—The Hebrew Old Testament was translated into Greek in Alexandria by a team of Jewish scholars.
About A.D. 100—The final book of the Bible was completed.
A.D. 303—Emperor Diocletian issued a decree for the destruction of all Bibles. Christians have risked their lives to uphold the Scriptures before and since. Today, Christianity is the largest religion on earth.
1382—John Wycliffe, an Oxford scholar, translated the Bible into the vernacular of Middle English.
1517—Influenced by the Bible, Martin Luther, a Catholic priest, began the Protestant Reformation, and shortly thereafter translated the Bible into German. He said, “My wish is to God, that this book were in every language and in every home.”
1535–1536—William Tyndale was strangled and burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English.
1611—The King James Bible was published.
1620—The Bible was the basis for the Mayflower Compact: “Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith . . . a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.”
Moving forward in American history, Supreme Court Justice James Wilson (1742-1798) reflected the statements by many Supreme Court judges when he wrote, “One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is part of the Common Law… There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations …”
February 15, 1950—President Harry Truman’s address before the Attorney General’s Conference on Law Enforcement Problems: “The most important business in this Nation or any other nation, for that matter is raising and training children. If those children have the proper environment at home, and educationally, very, very few of them ever turn out wrong. The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount Sinai. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and Matthew, from Isaiah and Paul. If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state” (www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=13707).
Prior to the leftist takeover of the National Education Association and local teacher union affiliates, now arguably the champions of Marxist Darwinian secular philosophy, the NEA published God-honoring booklets for students and parents, such as A Golden Treasury From The Bible, Personal Growth Leaflet Number 22, published in 1950. It contained 24 Bible verses, including Psalm 1; Proverbs 20:1; Exodus 20 (the Ten Commandments); Romans 12; John 3:16, 14:1-4 and 15:1-4; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 13; and Ecclesiastes 12:1. Ecclesiastes 12:1 reads, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.”
1954—In response to tenured Marxist Darwinian types in some American schools, President Dwight Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. Today it reads, “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” It was obvious from complaints by Marxist Darwinian types that they believed the addition of “under God” hindered their progress.
Hope for America is real. Your essential part is to help restore the knowledge gap by sharing our wonderful God-honoring history with your friends. Be encouraged to get print shop copies of this study for your many contacts. It is the light of truth that fortifies the minds of men and women, boys and girls. This history reflects the unrelenting power of creation’s God.
~ D. Norris