Dr. Benjamin Rush emphasized reasons “for preferring the Bible as a schoolbook to all other compositions.” At the time of his death in 1813, he was heralded as one of the three most notable figures in America, the other two being George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Dr. Rush was a distinguished physician and scientist. He was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence and served in the cabinet under President John Adams.
Knowledge of the Bible keeps a person way ahead of the times. One of countless illustrations of this is the Old Testament health prescription. Some 3,500 years ago, the Bible provided rules for dietary health and avoiding problems of sicknesses that lead to death. The benefits of separation, called quarantine, and effective medicines were not recognized by the medical profession until the 1700s, over 3,200 years later.
Over 40 different authors from different locations and walks of life—shepherds, farmers, tentmakers, physicians, fishermen, prophets, philosophers and kings, to record the messages. It was written over a period of some 1,500 years, from around 1445 B.C. (the time of Moses) to about 100 A.D. The Bible was written in three languages. Despite all of these differences, which were written over many decades, the Bible delivers a cohesive and unified message. There is no other book that has this proof of supernatural content and inspiration of God.
In Genesis we learn about the institutions of marriage, government and the church that prospered America. Honorable marriages enable husband and wife to live life on an even keel with peace of mind. Children are taught to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. They learn to respect the property of others and be accountable as citizens. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story wrote, “I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society.” In fact, it was Christian leaders who insisted upon First Amendment religious freedom from government sectarianism (Joseph Story, “American Jurist and Law” magazine, April 9, 1833, pages 346–348).
Knowledge of the unalienable rights of man and the importance of human equality comes from the Bible. Over a hundred years ago, the highly recognized Democratic Review proclaimed the United States to be “. . . the great nation of futurity . . . disconnected from and superior to everything in history that had [ever] preceded it.” The article continued, “The American people having derived their origin from many other nations, and the [Creator-based] Declaration of national Independence being entirely based on the great principle of human equality . . . [was the] beginning of a new history” (Henry Kissinger, World Order, Penguin Press, 2014, New York, p. 243).
Man does not invent the truth. Truth, morality, justice and honest communications have been intimately related from the beginning. God created man in His image. People who want to know the truth about life turn to their Maker for answers. Jesus came to tell us the truth, but, more than that, He is the Truth. Truth does not change with shifting human opinions. While revisionism is darkness, God’s truth cleanses and redeems the faithful, John 17:17. Winston Churchill said, “The truth is impossible to disprove. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
~ D. Norris